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Winners of the first International Arbitration Competition announced
A team from the University of Maastricht has won the First International Arbitration Competition for law students organised by the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the European Legal Studies Institute in Osnabrück. The jury also awarded distinctions for the best speakers at the moot court hearings.

In the final of the competition, held in Warsaw on 8-9 November, students from universities in the United States, Russia, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Kosovo and Poland took part. At the end of the first day, which involved simulated court hearings, the three best teams out of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Maastricht University, Pristina University and the Silesian University in Katowice advanced to the final.

On 9 November 2012, the final round of the First International Arbitration Competition was won by the team from Maastricht University in Holland. Second place was taken by students from the Silesian University, and third place by the team from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The team of students from Pristina University came fourth.

“We were very impressed by the level of the students’ work, and I’m delighted that the first international arbitration competition in Poland was won by the team from Maastricht University. The students from seven countries we hosted in Warsaw had a great opportunity to exchange experiences and strike up new international friendships,” says Marek Furtek, President of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce.

“In our work, we strive to support young lawyers. I would like to already invite all law students who are completing their studies to take part next year, in what will be the sixth Jerzy Jakubowski Competition for the best master’s thesis on issues relating to arbitration and mediation,” added President Furtek.

“The high level of the moot court made it hard to choose the winning team, so the jury decided to also choose the best speakers from among all those students who took part in the competition. These young lawyers showed that they are not only knowledgeable, but also very resourceful, which bodes well for their future professional work,” was the summary given by Prof. Fryderyk Zoll of Osnabrück University and the Jagellonian University, co-organiser and jury member of the First International Arbitration Competition in Poland.
The jury decided to grant individual distinctions to those students who were particularly active, and whose arguments the jury members on the adjudication panel found especially convincing. In the opinion of the organisers, the best speakers were: Maria £abno of the Silesian University, Armin Lambertz of Maastricht University, and Arbreshe Zogjami of Pristina University.

The First International Arbitration Competition in Warsaw consisted of two stages. In the first stage, each team had to prepare two written 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 took part in simulated hearings held on 8-9 November at the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw, acting as the authorised representatives of either the claimant or the respondent, and presenting their arguments before a panel of adjudicators.

The final round was open to the public, providing an excellent opportunity for all law students and those interested to see how such hearings – normally held behind closed doors – are actually conducted.

The jury was composed of attorneys with extensive experience in resolving disputes through courts of arbitration. These were: Prof. Fryderyk Zoll (Osnabrück University/Jagiellonian University), Dr Maciej Zachariasiewicz (Kozminski University) and Prof. Dr. Hans Schulte-Nolke (Osnabrück University).

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 is intended to serve to raise awareness of the unification process 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 also provided an opportunity to hold 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 was also a chance to take on the role of attorney before the adjudication panel, to gain practical experience, and to hone skills already acquired.

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