Washington College of Law Hosts All-American Regional Round of ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO

March 27, 2018


Moot court teams from across North and South America traveled to American University Washington College of Law March 22 to compete in the All-American Regional Round of the 16th edition of The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition on World Trade Organization law.

Hosted for the fifth year by WCL, the three-day competition is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system.

Melanija Radnovic, Director of ILSP and WCL Abroad, greets the moot court teams.

WCL was one of 14 teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia and Brazil to compete. The two best teams from South America, and two best teams from North America were chosen to participate in the competition’s final round this June in Geneva, Switzerland, which will include the 20 best teams from around the globe.

The competition was judged by WTO counsellors, World Bank consultants, U.S. Trade Representatives officials, law school professors, DC-based and overseas trade lawyers, think tanks economists, and foreign governments’ officials.

The competition is organized annually by ELSA in cooperation with the WTO. WCL first hosted the North American Round of the ELSA/WTO Moot Court Competition in 2011, which was later combined with the Latin America Round to become the All-Americas Regional Round (AARR). WCL has hosted the AARR in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018.