Middlesex University Dubai law students to take part in the XXV Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna


Middlesex University Dubai students along with Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre  and Fichte & Co travel to Vienna for the second time in a  row to compete in the world’s most prestigious moot court competition

A team of five students from Middlesex University Dubai’s Department of Law and Politics are taking part in the XXV Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. Taking place between 23-29 March 2018, the event is considered one of the legal profession’s most prestigious moot arbitration competitions, welcoming teams from the world’s top law schools and universities.

The goal of the Vis Arbitral Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train the law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Each year, the Vis Arbitral Moot attracts more than 2000 law students to present their arguments and participate in forensic and written exercises for claimants or respondents, alongside more than 900 international lawyers, legal professors and other arbitration practitioners.

Months of hard work and preparation have gone into the Middlesex University Dubai team’s arguments and presentations before they travel to Vienna. The Middlesex University Dubai team, supported by the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), is a talented team comprising of five individuals with diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds who have an interest in developing a better understanding of International Commercial Arbitration. Fernando Valle and Yannik Perera from 2nd year LLB, and Jacqueline Ann Joice, Heather D Silva and Khadijah Mohammed Abubakar from the 3rd year LLB, have been selected to represent the university based on their academic performances, their advocacy skills and their interest in arbitration.

Their coaches, Maali Khader from EMAC and last year’s coach, Priyasha Corrie from Fichte & Co and Dubai Alumni and team member of last year's moot, Alia El-Abiary and Samantha Roberts, Lecturer in Law from Middlesex University Dubai provided the team with valuable mentoring and enormous support.

“The Vis Arbitral Moot provides a crucial platform for our students to interact with future professional from around the world, build relations and learn about the world of arbitration from an international perspective,” says Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai. “A lot of hard work has been put in by the team to represent Middlesex University Dubai at the  International Commercial Arbitration Moot. I would like to wish them the best and hope the preparations lead them to success. We are also very grateful for our partnership with EMAC through which we are privileged to have access to some of the region’s top arbitrators and legal professionals to guide our students.” 

“At EMAC, we recognise the value the moot participation brings.  This year, with EMAC members participating as arbitrators and included as a sponsor for the event, we aim to encourage use of its arbitration rules in one of the future moot contests. These type of events expand our value proposition through education and help us keep pace with changes happening at other Centres.  It is our duty to encourage students to join the circle of arbitrators and mediators”, said Majid Obaid bin Bashir, Acting Chairman and Secretary General, EMAC.