International Law
03 July 2020

Students classed among top teams in ELSA’s John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law

The Graduate Institute Geneva team was classed among the top 8 teams in the world at the closing ceremony of ELSA’s John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.

The Graduate Institute's team consisting of Frenkchris Timotius Sinay (MIL), Gang Zhang (MIL), Minyi Hou (MIA) and Sebastian Pantin Urdaneta (MIR/PS), and coached by Ana Sofia Coelho Correia (MIL) and Marios Tokas (MIL) under Panagiotis Kyriakou supervision, started their journey in September 2019, when the mock case was announced by ELSA. They prepared written submissions and filed the same in January 2020. In March 2020, the team competed in one of the two European Regional Rounds in Brno, Czech Republic, and were declared winners, thereby securing a place in the Global Oral Round. Minyi Hou secured a best oralist award for her performance in the semi-final.

While the Global Rounds are traditionally held at the Graduate Institute and the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, the global outbreak quickly forced the organizers to switch to an online format. The team remained undeterred and fully committed to their goal, which was eventually achieved: a great performance in the preliminary matchups of the Global Round, earning them a ticket to the quarter-finals.

The winners of the competition were the students representing the Government Law College, Mumbai, who participated from different locations yet managed to put on an impressive performance during the final.