22 Feb 2012

WTI sponsors the International Moot Court Competition at Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar, India)

For the fourth time the World Trade Institute (WTI) supported the Gujarat International Moot Court Competition (GIMC) of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) as a partner and sponsor.

This fourth Annual Competition took place on the new GNLU campus in Gandhinagar from 8 –12 February 2012. The GIMC attracted competing teams from 37 universities from India and other countries. Rafael Leal Arcas (WTI/NCCR Trade Regulation) and Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer (University of Basel/WTI, author of the moot court case) served as panelists in the Moot Court’s Final Round. The other moot court judges included professors and lawyers from large Indian firms and a Supreme Court judge as well as Shishir Priyadarshi from the WTO Secretariat and Mitsuo Matsushita, a founding member of the WTO's Appellate Body.

The case was about differences arising between two states regarding the interpretation of a Free Trade Agreement. The WTI awarded the winning team from the National Law School of India University Bangalore with a scholarship to its upcoming five-week Summer Academy on International Trade Regulation, taking place from 9 July to 10 August 2012.

The communications officer Corinne Karlaganis gave a presentation on the WTI’s programmes. Following the Moot Court, Rafael Leal Arcas gave a lecture on the role of regional trade agreements in the global climate change architecture to GNLU students.