21 Jun 2016

WTI-sponsored ELSA moot court final round held in Geneva

Between 7 and 12 June the Final Oral Round of the 14th ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law took place in Geneva with WTI researchers and alumni serving as panellists.

More than 200 students, coaches and trade law experts from all around the world gathered for the final part of this year's global challenge in which they put their skills to the test.

The moot court is seen as a key training ground for future international trade lawyers. The WTI has been a major sponsor since the competition launched in 2009.

“The participants enhanced their pleading and argumentation skills, the professionals experienced the potential of the young generation, and many doors were opened for a future career in intentional trade law,” ELSA said in a statement.

The competition ended with an award ceremony at the WTO premises in Geneva.

This year’s winners were a team from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.

The four winning team members – Nicolás Caballero Hernández, Cristian Torres Semanate, Daniel Felipe Barrera Granados, Santiago Osorio Salazar  –   won free attendance at the WTI Summer Academy for the whole five weeks, alternatively they can attend four weeks of Summer Academy and one week of the MILE ‘a la carte’ programme.

The WTI prizes were presented by panellist Charlotte Sieber. WTI PhD candidate Tetyana Payosova also took part in the moot court as a panellist and coach.

The Final Oral Round was preceded by five regional rounds. Regional round winners receive two weeks’ free tuition at the WTI.

The registration period for the next, 15th anniversary edition of the ELSA Moot Court Competition will open in September 2016.