International Moot Court Team Competes in Vienna
A gift from the Miami law firm of Steel, Hector & Davis’ International Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Department enabled an International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team (ICAM) to travel to Vienna, Austria, to participate in the Eighth Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in April. This is only the third time a UF team has participated. The team prepared throughout the academic year, writing both a Claimant’s and Respondent’s Memorandum prior to oral arguments that took place over the course of a week in Vienna. The competition topic dealt with International Chamber of Commerce arbitration jurisdiction, contract breach due to intellectual property claims, and the remedies of avoidance and mutual restitution. Team members Nonna Crane, Delsy Perez, Stacy Borisov, Miguel Suau, Heinrich Izaguirre, Richard Mockler and Alberto Acuna contributed to the written memoranda. Crane, Perez, Borisov and Suau performed in the oral arguments. Additional students who contributed to the team in leadership roles were Nicole Sherwood and Stanley Galewski. Professor Winston Nagan and his wife, Judith, attended as arbitrators. Ninety-four teams from 31 countries — including Europe, America, Australia, India and Japan — participated. UF was the only Florida school. Moot arbitrators also represented numerous countries and a variety of legal backgrounds, including many international contract law practitioners and professors. The oral arguments in Vienna consisted of four rounds, with only 16 teams making it past the first. UF competed against participants from Lithuania, Germany, France and Croatia in the four arguments. UF’s final ranking placed them 46th. Team faculty advisor and coach Professor Thomas Hurst was very pleased and noted, “Our team has done better each year thus far and I hope and expect this trend will continue.” Steel, Hector & Davis has supported the ICAM team in the past. The firm’s donation this year, coupled with law school funds, paid for registration fees, costs of mailing the memoranda, plane tickets, hotel and a student per diem stipend. Stacy Borisov, student coach for next year, is working with the student coach of next year’s Jessup team, Brian Koch, to create a new combined International Moot Court Team. The Jessup team participates annually in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and in regional and national competitions in their respective countries. Winners from those competitions advance to international rounds held in Washington, D.C. The proposed International Moot Court would consist of 15-20 student team members, who will participate in four competitions annually — ICAM, Jessup, and two dealing with human rights and environmental law in international contexts. The team will be a co-curricular activity, similar to Trial Team or Law Review, and members chosen on the basis of writing and oral advocacy skills in the context of international legal research and analysis. For information about the ICAM team, next year’s competition, or the International Moot Court plans, contact Borisov at email@example.com.