22 June 2017

Student success in WTO trade law contest

Graduate Institute students reached the Final Oral Round of the 15th ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2), which took place at Maison de la Paix and the World Trade Organization on 6-11 June.

The EMC2 is a simulated hearing of the substantial rules and dispute settlement procedures under the WTO. Participants work on a mock case, submit written submissions, and present their oral submissions in front of a panel of WTO law and trade experts. Regional rounds brought together over 100 teams, with 22 teams qualifying for the final round.

The Graduate Institute team consisted of 4 students: Ariane Vincent, Elizaveta Bekmanis, Razi Iqbal and Fiona Claire Nicholson. Under the supervision of Team Coach Anastasia Smirnova, Academic Advisor Jan Bohanes and Administrator Hsien (Chuck) Wu, the team went through extensive training on WTO law, legal writing and oral presentations.

Ariane described the experience as “very enriching, offering a range of skill-building opportunities, from putting together written submissions, to putting together a presentation where you have to anticipate being knocked off your feet and adapting it as you go.” Elizaveta said “it was great to go so deep into the legal matter and to receive the written, reasoning and oral training that I couldn’t have got anywhere else.”

The registration period for the 2018 ELSA Moot Court Competition will open in September. Interested students can contact Chuck for more details. A video with Ariane and Elizaveta is below.