UvA team finalist at EU Competition Law Moot King’s College London

2 July 2015

Law students Maarten van den Ende, Jori de Goffau, Nathalie McNabb and Björn Sijtsma, all students in the LLM programme in EU Competition Law & Regulation, won second place in the finals of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot at King’s College London over the weekend of 12-14 June 2015.

EU Competition Law Moot Court team

Twenty international universities submitted written pleadings to the inaugural edition of the EU Competition Law Moot, sponsored by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Together with teams from twelve other universities, the Amsterdam Law School team was selected to compete at the oral rounds in London.

The Amsterdam Law School team was supervised by Jan Truijens Martinez from Dutch law firm Stibbe and sponsored by the Europa Instituut Amsterdam. The team was strong in the preliminary rounds and proceeded to the quarter finals against the University of Helsinki, where they were also successful. The team defeated the University of Hong Kong in the semi-finals and continued to the finals against the National University of Singapore, finishing in second place.

The oral round of the competition was held in both the Dickson Poon School of Law and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The various rounds were judged by panels of competition law experts. The judges in the finals were: Heikki Kanninnen (Judge General Court), Dorothy Livingston (Herbert Smith Freehills), William Kovacic (Professor George Washington University), Alison Jones (Professor King's College London), Kevin Coates (Head of Unit, Cartels, European Commission) and Bill Allan (Competition Appeal Tribunal) and Baskaran Balasingham (PhD Candidate, King's College London; Legal Researcher CMA).

The team's qualities were recognized in the oral rounds but also with regard to the written pleadings, where the University of Amsterdam won second place for best written pleadings. An excellent result.