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Final of student arbitration competition
The final of the first International Arbitration Competition on the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) and arbitration proceedings procedural issues will be held on 9 November 2012 in Warsaw. Only eight teams from seven countries have advanced to the final: from Poland, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Kosovo and the USA. The competition is organised by the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw and the European Legal Studies Institute in Osnabrück.

The Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the European Legal Studies Institute in Osnabrück invited students and their professors interested in familiarising themselves with arbitration disputes based on the DCFR to take part in the International Arbitration Competition in Warsaw.

The competition consists of two stages. The first was a written stage in which each team had to prepare two pleadings - a statement of claim and a reply to a statement of claim. The eight teams with the highest scores for their pleadings qualified for the oral stage. Those teams will take part in simulated hearings, acting as the authorised representatives of either the claimant or the respondent, presenting their arguments before a panel of adjudicators. The finalists come from the following universities: Elte University Universitas Budapestinensis de Rolando Eötvös, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Saint Petersburg State University, South Texas College of Law, the University of Bayreuth, the University of Maastricht, the University of Prishtina and the University of Silesia in Katowice.

They will present their positions before the adjudication panel on 8-9 November 2012 in the auditorium of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw at ul. Trêbacka 4. The final, to be held on 9 November at 11.30 a.m., will be open to the public. The results of the competition will be announced during a conference held in the form of a panel discussion on the DCFR.

The purpose of the competition is to popularise and disseminate knowledge of the Draft Common Frame of Reference prepared by the Study Group on a European Civil Code and the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (Acquis Group), as well as to promote international trade dispute resolution in reference to that project through arbitration.

The competition should serve to raise awareness of the process of unification of European Private Law, and to highlight the enormous importance of the DCFR as a complete set of rules for facilitating dispute resolution, in particular in international arbitration. The competition will also provide an opportunity to carry on a public discussion on the subject of the legal text of the DCFR - Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law - and on how these may be applied in arbitration proceedings.

For the young participants, it is also a chance to take on the role of attorney before an adjudication panel, to gain practical experience, and to hone skills already acquired.

More information on the competition is available at: