The seventh Fox Williams Pre-Moot, in association with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, took place over the weekend of 26 and 27 February with the team from the University of Ljubljana awarded first place. The teams from the University of Ottawa, University of Cambridge and University of Pretoria finished in second, third and fourth places respectively.

The Pre-Moot, which this year welcomed 30 teams from around the world, is one of the best regarded pre-moots on the global stage and serves as preparation for the Vis Moot, the biggest commercial arbitration law competition in the world, which will be hosted from Vienna in April.

The final was judged by a panel including former Justice of the Supreme Court, Lord Wilson of Culworth, Marion Smith QC, Sara Masters QC, Edwin Glasgow QC, and Artem Doudko.

Host of the Pre-Moot and co-head of the Fox Williams international arbitration team, Peter Ashford said: “Congratulations to the University of Ljubliana. The judges had an extraordinarily difficult task – any one of the four finalist teams would have been worthy winners and each put forward beautifully crafted arguments.

“The Pre-Moot is a truly international affair and exemplified the importance of promoting international cooperation, the rule of law and consensual dispute resolution. Thank you to all those who generously gave up their time to act as arbitrators – it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

“Finally, thank you to all the teams who took part. It was extremely pleasing to see how high the standard was and a reflection of all the hard work the teams had put in. Good luck for the Vis Moot itself in April!”


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