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In the 9th Edition of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) moot court competition on WTO law, IHEID students continued their legacy of success by demonstrating their impressive knowledge of world trade law and their exceptional presentation skills. The 2010/2011 IHEID team included Maura Ada Iliuteanu,  Mikella Hurley, Farzan Sabet and  Arunabh Singh, coached by Christine Barthelemy, Wolfgang Alschner and Miguel Burnier. In addition, last year’s team members Gregory Hudson and Cam Vidler provided vital support and helpful advice.

Starting in September 2010, the team worked on a fictional WTO case involving an import ban on cloned sheep for health and moral reasons. In the course of nine months, the students familiarized themselves with world trade law and developed arguments for both sides of the case.

The first phase of the competition comprised writing comprehensive legal memos for each side. Following these written submissions, the team presented their arguments in a regional oral round that took place in Vilnius, Luthuania in March 2011. Impressing a panel of distinguished practictioners and academics, the team placed first after the Preliminary Round. While the team missed the Final of the Regional Round by a few points, they qualified for the World Oral Round of the competition. In addition, the team was rewarded for their outstanding speaking skills. Mikella Hurley won the award for best orator in the Preliminary Round and Farzan Sabet for best orator in the Semi-finals.

Three months of hard work later, the team competed in the World Oral Round held this year in Evian and Geneva in May 2011. Their performance received wide praise from panellists, yet the team narrowly missed qualifying for the Quarterfinals. However, as in Vilnius, the competition acknowledged the team’s excellent presentational skills as Mikella Hurley won the best orator’s award.