Harvard Law School wins second consecutive regional WTO moot court

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For the second year in a row, a team of Harvard Law School students won the North American regional moot court competition on WTO law at the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²). The second annual competition was held in San Jose, Costa Rica and was organized in cooperation with the Costa Rican Society of International Law.

Winning team members Al-Amyn Sumar ’13, Derrick Sutter ’14, and Colette van der Ven ’14 will participate in the international final round, which will take place at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, between April 30 and May 5.

The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system and is organized annually by The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA). The competition is open to teams from around the globe.

Professor Mark Wu, an expert in international trade and intellectual property law, has served as the WTO moot court team faculty adviser for the past two years. According to Wu, the team faced a difficult problem this year concerning exchange rates, subsidies, and the institutional relationship between the WTO and IMF. “It was fun to advise them as they grappled with the legal ambiguities and shaped their arguments,” he said. “Their victory is a testament to their long hours of hard work and dedication.”

Read more about the moot court competition on the Harvard Law School website.