04 Mar 2019
The fourth Fox Williams Pre-Moot organised in association with CIArb was held on 2-3 March 2019. This year the Pre-Moot welcomed a total of 16 mooting teams from 10 different countries. On Saturday, 2 March 2019 the teams had 4 general rounds which took place at CIArb HQ in Bloomsbury. At the beginning of the event, Tom Cadman (Director of Governance and Legal Services at CIArb) welcomed all of the teams, briefly introduced the mission CIArb and wished all students best of luck in their pleadings. Throughout the day, the teams were arbitrated by distinguished arbitration practitioners, counsels, judges and scholars. After the last session, Sir Michael Burton who arbitrated two general rounds gave a short talk about the art of advocacy.
Subsequently, Mercy McBrayer (Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at CIArb) announced the Best Speaker of the Pre-Moot and two Honourable Mentions.
Third Place - Tom Walker – Middle Temple
Second Place - Yiolanti Maou – Queen Mary University
Best Speaker - William Moody – University of Cambridge
Peter Ashford (Partner at Fox Williams LLP and main initiator of the Pre-Moot) thanked all of the teams for their excellent performances and announced the eight best teams of the Pre-Moot on the basis of the general rounds scores.
The four best teams advanced to the semifinals which took place at the Fox Williams LLP.
On Sunday in the first semifinal the University of Cambridge faced the University of Bern and in the second semifinal, University of Silesia run against the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
In the final, the Lomonosov Moscow State University faced the University of Bern. The final round was arbitrated by Marion Smith QC, Peter Ashford and Chirag Karia QC. The tribunal faced a very demanding challenge to choose between the two undeniably excellent teams. After short deliberations, the tribunal reached a decision and announced that the University of Bern was the winner of the Pre-Moot which made Lomonosov Moscow State University the first runner-up. In the third place round which was arbitrated by Samuel Pape, Artem Doudko and Paul Kinninmont, the University of Cambridge prevailed over the University of Silesia.
The final results are therefore as follows:
This year for the first time CIArb co-organised the Fox Williams Pre-Moot and was delighted to welcome at its premises so many young and enthusiastic students from all over the world. We wish all of the teams best of luck in the Vis Moot finals in Vienna and Hong Kong. We would also like to invite all of the students to join our Student Membership which is free of charge and gives access to many valuable resources which may be helpful during their future studies and careers.
Please use the link for the Students Membership registration
Photos from the Pre-Moot are now available here
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