UvA team qualifies for Final Round in WTO moot court competition

2 April 2015

For the third time in a row, a team of UvA law students qualified for the global finals of the ELSA Moot Court Competition.

The European Regional Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition took place in Halle, Germany from March 23 to 27. UvA’s team competed with 14 other European teams to gain access to the Final Round, which will be held in Geneva in the beginning of June. 

Fay Valinaki, Alexander Schurink, Philip Hainbach and Mihai Avram gained momentum in the first two pleadings and qualified for the semi-finals, where they defeated the team from Geneva's Graduate Institute. In the Grand Final, UvA's team yielded to Münster University.

The team received awards for best overall written submissions and best written submissions of the claimant. In addition, Philip Hainbach was awarded best speaker of the Grand Final. 

Their excellent performance ensured their paticipation in the worldwide Final Round in Geneva. This is the third year in a row that the UvA team achieves this goal.

WTO moot court ELSA regional rounds 2015

The Amsterdam Law School students representing the UvA in the 2015 ELSA moot court competition: Fay Valinaki, Alexander Schurink, Philip Hainbach and Mihai Avram

The ELSA Moot Court Competition 

The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement system. Students from all over the world send in written submissions for the complainant and respondent of a fictitious case written by a WTO professional. After the written preliminary round, the teams have the opportunity to present their oral submissions both for the complainant and the respondent in front of a panel which consists of WTO and trade law experts.