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Queen Mary students demonstrate skill at Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2009


A team of students from the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London have again demonstrated a high level of skill in written and oral advocacy by finishing in the final 32 teams of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot – the largest moot court competition in the area of international law.

228 universities from 57 countries took part in the competition, which is held annually in Vienna.

The aim of the moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes and to train tomorrow’s leaders in methods of alternative dispute resolution.

After seven months of hard work and long hours the team lost in the round that would have qualified them for the top 16. Queen Mary LLM student Shabana Saleem received an honorable mention for her oral advocacy skills.

Queen Mary’s team members for the oral rounds were LLM students (pictured from left to right): Valeria Grazzuizi, Shabana Saleem, Ian Yap and Muhammad Shahzad. The team also consisted of brief writers: Chao Han, Shana Hofstetter, Chinaros Asava-Aree, and Fabien Moles.

The team studies international arbitration and commercial law courses and was coached by Angie Raymond and Stavros Brekoulakis, members of the School of International Arbitration within the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the School of Law.

The team is grateful to the following individuals who assisted in their preparation: Ruth Byrne, Clare Connellan, Ania Farren, Norah Gallagher, Maxi Scherer, Audley Sheppard. And the firms of: Baker Botts LLP, Clifford Chance LLP, Herbert Smith LLP, White & Case LLP, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Our Moot alumni: Joseph Altendorff, Maarten Draye, and Angelica Andre and of course, Loukas Mistelis, Spyros Maniatis and Queen Mary for their encouragement and consistent support.

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