Law Students in International Competition
A five-member law school team was in Vienna, Austria, last week (April 6 -13) for the Eighth Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (ICAM). UF participants in the competition, designed to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration in business disputes, were chosen based on briefs and oral arguments conducted in conjunction with a one-year independent study course supervised by Professor Thomas Hurst. This is the third year UF students participated in the event. “The competition was rewarding for our students,” said Hurst, the team’s advisor. “It gives them an opportunity to compete against students, and argue before judges, trained in legal systems quite different from our own. This is invaluable for students planning a career in international commercial law.” During the competition, UF law students faced teams from 94 universities representing 31 different countries. Participating U.S. universities, in addition to UF, include Brigham Young, Columbia, Cornell, Loyola, Harvard and Rutgers. Participating schools from abroad included Université d’ Aix-Marseille III (France), Albert-Ludwigs- University (Germany), Ankara University (Turkey), University of Maastricht (Netherlands), and Mari State University (Russia). The Vis ICAM is sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and the University of Vienna (Austria) Faculty of Law.