Moot Court Competitors return from Vienna
Left to right: Arbitrators Dr. Prof. Christian Schwartz (Netherlands), Prof. Janet Walker (Canada) and Ziva Filipic (Slovenia), University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law teammates Marshall Casey, Rebecca Simms, UNAM teammates Luis Paz and Angelica Huacuja
The Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot involved 233 teams representing 59 countries and 1,500 students. Fifty-three United States law schools were represented, although the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team was the only team representing Kentucky. There were more than 600 arbitrators from around the world – drawn from law firms and law school faculties – comprised the three-person panels that heard more than 1,000 arbitrations.
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team was represented by Marshall Casey and Rebecca Simms. The team acquitted itself extremely well in the first four rounds, receiving very positive comments from the Arbitrators, and actually competed against three teams that went on to the finals.
In the first round the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team went against the top team of three representing the University of Paris, the Sorbonne; in round two they went against the National Autonomous University of Mexico which could be described as the “Harvard of Mexico,” the number one school in the country; they faced Charles University, Czech Republic, in round three, and, finally, the University of Munich, an extremely strong school and one of 24 German (second only to the United States) teams. As noted, Paris, UNAM and Munich went on to the finals.
Although the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team did not make the final round of 64 they moved very successfully through the first four rounds, learned a great deal and represented Brandeis in a very important aspect of the gathering, international networking. It seemed that many participants – from both civil law and common law countries were aware of Louis Brandeis. There were also opportunities to view the art and history of Vienna. In this the team was aided by alumna, Kristina Huddleston,`97.
Keith Sealing, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs