The University of Cambridge mooting team were crowned this year’s winners at the fifth Fox Williams Pre-Moot, which took place in London over the weekend 29 February-1 March as a precursor to the Vis Moot in Vienna, which will take place in April. Runner-up was the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow team, with 3rd place being awarded to the University of Ljubljana and to the Aix-Marseille University.

For the second time, the competition was held in association with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The teams that competed were:

International teams

  • Aix-Marseille University (France)
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)
  • Saarland University (Germany)
  • University of Turku (Finland)
  • Higher School of Economics Moscow (Russia)
  • University of San Diego (USA)

 UK teams

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of East Anglia
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • King’s College London
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Aberdeen
  • UCL
  • BPP University

This year’s Pre-Moot was preceded by a panel debate chaired by Fox Williams international arbitration partner Peter Ashford, during which The Rt. Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, PC, Marion Smith QC and Professor Denis Mouralis of the University of Aix en Provence, debated procedural issues arising in this year’s moot problem before a room of experienced practitioners.

Peter Ashford said: “This year we were delighted again to welcome Pre-Moot teams representing a wide geographical spread, bringing new perspectives to the mooting. Congratulations to all teams for the high standard of arguments (and to the coaches) and to the University of Cambridge, who fought off strong competition to win this years Pre-Moot”

“As ever, we are indebted and extremely grateful to all those who gave their time to judge. Without them, this event would not work. Finally, our thanks to the CIArb for all their support and good luck to all teams in Vienna.”

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