International Distinction for the University of Athens Law School “Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2016”
School of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot has been organized every year since 1994 in Vienna, under the aegis of Pace University, Queen Mary University (London), Stockholm University, the University of Vienna, Austrian Arbitration Association, Austria Federal Economic Chamber, Moot Alumni Association and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Its aim is to promote study of international commercial arbitration and the law of transnational business transactions. The theme of this year’s competition has raised complex legal issues of international commercial arbitration and the United Nations Convention “on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods” of 1980, such as, indicatively, the right to be heard and the production of documents in the context of international commercial arbitration, the recovery of legal costs in compensation for breach of a sales agreement, questions of punitive damages, etc. Each participating team was called upon to support through written memoranda and orally both the side of the applicant and that of the respondent in international arbitration.
The team of undergraduate students from the Law School of the University of Athens who participated in the virtual arbitration of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2016 (https://vismoot.pace.edu/) in Vienna from 18th to 24th March achieved notable international recognition, winning a place among the finalists in the competition, along with two Honorable Mentions (with 311 universities participating). Moreover they came in second among dozens of groups in the 9th Belgrade OpenPreMoot and among the groups competing in the final of the 6th Budapest PreMoot.
The team from the Law School of the University of Athens is comprised of the undergraduate students Artemin Anagnostopoulou, Myrto Gika, Vasileio Katsamba, Aliki-Athina Papanastasiou and Panagiota Skiathiti. The team was readied for the competition under the expert supervision and guidance of Professor Charalambos Pamboukis, Associate Professor Konstantinos Polyzogopoulos and the lecturer Dr. Anastasios Gourgourinis. The team’s coaches were the student Eugenia Stavropoulou and the postgraduate student Faidon Varesis, members of the team that represented the Athens Law School at last year’s competition, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2015. Expert support was provided to the team by Drs. Anna Mantakou, Vasiliki Marazopoulou and Alexandros Metallinos.
The Greek team was rated amongst the 64 best teams in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2016, of the 311 who came to compete in Vienna, outperforming universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, London School of Economics, University Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris I), Berkeley, King’s College London et al. For its exceptional overall performance the Athens Law School team earned two honorable mentions: Team Orals Honorable Mention and Memorandum for Respondent Honorable Mention).
Τhe John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, among others, supported the participation of the Greek team in the competition.