21 Jun 2017

MILE 17 class competes in WTO law moot court

Students in the MILE programme have taken part in the annual World Trade Organization (WTO) law moot court – this year held at WTO premises in Geneva.

Four teams took part in the competition, which comes at the end of the MILE programme and is part of the course on Skills in International Law and Economics.

The moot court exercise was based on the case of the 2017 ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.

The winners were Team 2 (Stuti Toshi, Phuong Lan Ngo, Selma Boz, Kajori De, Selma Matsinhe).

Team 3 (Hiba Batool, Jean-Philippe Herbert, Ximena Montenegro Huerta, Elloa-Wadé Saleh Aboubakar, Giovanna Tullume) were the runners-up. In the final round, Team 3 took on the role of complainant, with Team 2 the respondent.

The prize for best overall oralist went to Kajori De, with Jean-Philippe Herbert, Hiba Batool and Stuti Toshi the runners-up.

Additionally, Anvar Rahmetov was awarded a prize for best oralist in the preliminary rounds.

Team 3 won the prize for best written submissions, with Team 2 the runners-up.

The panellists for the final round were Peter Van den Bossche, WTI (Chair);  Kaarlo Castren, Counsellor, Appellate Body Secretariat; Gabrielle Marceau, Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO; Arthur Appleton, Partner, Appleton Luff;   Niall Meagher, Executive Director, ACWL; Hannes Schloemann, Director, WTI Advisors.

The preliminary round was judged by Peter Van den Bossche, WTI; Graham Cook, Counsellor Legal Affairs Division WTO; Kaarlo Castren, Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO and Todd Friedbacher, Partner, Sidley Austin.

During their three days in Geneva, the students were also able to enjoy the sights of the city, taking part in a walking tour of the old town and visiting the International Red Cross Museum.