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Leiden receives honourable mention for best Memorandum for Respondent at 30th Vis Moot in Vienna

A team from Leiden University Law School participated at the 30th edition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition and received an honourable mention for the Werner Melis Award for Best Memorandum for Respondent.

The Willem C. Vis Moot Court competition is one of the most renowned competitions with the purpose to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration that takes place annually. The competition consists of written and oral pleadings, where the teams represent both Claimant and Respondent before arbitral tribunals, dealing both with procedural and substantive law issues under the selected arbitration rules.

This year, over 350 teams gathered in person from 30 March to 7 April in Vienna, Austria, to present the results of their hard work since October 2022. Applying the 2012 PCA Arbitration Rules, the teams discussed the validity of the arbitration agreement and the possibility to stay or bifurcate the proceedings, as well as questions regarding the application of the CISG to the purchase of drones and allegations of misrepresentation.

The Leiden University Law School team consisted of students from the Advanced LL.M. programmes in International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration (IDSA) (organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies) and International Civil and Commercial Law (ICCL) (organised by the Department of Civil Law): Ílayda Balaban Theodor Himmel, Xinmei Kao, Hao Zong, and Wenjing Zhao. The team was supported throughout their journey by their coach Kseniia Soloveva (PhD Candidate at Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies) and assistant coaches Maria Puche Andreu (IDSA) and Débora Fiszman (ICCL).

Warm congratulations to the team members and their coaches on this great achievement – the well-deserved result of their hard work! We would also like to express our gratitude to Ms Clémence Assou, Dr Farouk El-Hosseny, Professor Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Ms Amanda Kemshaw, Mr Matthias Kuscher, Professor Ewan McKendrick KC, Ms Ioana Moraru, Ms Jessalee Samar, Ms Hosna Sheikhattar and Ms Hetty de Rooij for advising and assisting the team throughout the process.

More information on the Werner Melis Award for Best Memorandum for Respondent

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