First LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition Hosted at American University Washington College of Law

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration hosted the first LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition March 9-10, 2012 at American University Washington College of Law.

The unique competition was an initiative of the International Legal Studies Program LL.M. Executive Board, and meant to provide LL.M. students with an opportunity to develop  arbitration skills in an environment which closely resembled International Commercial Arbitration. LL.M. students are generally not eligible to compete in moot competitions. 

Participating schools included:

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Fordham School of Law
  • Cardozo Law
  • Columbia Law School
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Duke University School of Law
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University
  • Pepperdine School of Law
  • Georgetown Law Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(Photo:American University Washington College of Law team Rishmil Patel and Mohin Ghani)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teams from American University Washington College of Law placed third and sixth in the general round of the competition, reaching the quarter finals. The team made up of LL.M. students Rishmil Pate, Moin Ghani (Humphrey Fellow), and Rimma Rezvanova reached the final round after eliminating Columbia University Law School. Additionally, Rishmil Patel received the Best Oralist Award and Moin Gani received an honorable mention.   The other team reaching the quarter finals included LL.M. students Bojan Vasic, and Christian De La Medina. Bojan Vacic also received an honorable mention. 

Georgetown University Law Center won the competition.

 “Now we have a lot of inside information into the world of arbitration,” said Farid Abou Hassen, competition participant and LL.M. student originally from Lebanon.  “Some classes could not deliver this type of inside information. We actually are having opinions given to us by world class arbitrators and lawyers in the field.  At the end of this we’ll have met LL.M.s from all over the world—so that is a great experience.”

Teams from American University Washington College of Law were coached by Professor Claudia Frutos-Peterson, international counsel with the International Arbitration group and Elisa Botero, associate, at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. 

J. Hess, alumnus (JD ‘09) and associate at DLA Piper co-authored the problem along with Neale Bergman, attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State (Office of the Legal Adviser).  JD student Kaity Harbour ‘12 prepared the analysis of the problem.