Common Law Team Places Third in North American ELSA WTO Moot CompetitionCommon Law’s moot competition team of Roberto Aburto, Noah Arshinoff, Neida Gonzalez and Katrina Reyes placed third in the North American regional competition of the European Law Students’ Association World Trade Organization Moot, held on March 10-12, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
Eight teams from the United States and two from Canada – uOttawa and Osgoode Hall Law School – competed in the North American Regional competition. The uOttawa team made it to the semi-finals, but ultimately lost to the University of Kansas. Duke University Law School prevailed in the final for the second time. The top two teams will now progress to the World Finals in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of May.
2009 marks the second year that uOttawa has competed in this international moot competition. Coached by Professor Debra Steger, the team was put through a rigorous oral training program with the assistance of Professors Donald McRae, Anthony VanDuzer and Anthony Daimsis. Also aiding the team were former students David Quayat (’08), Ernesto Caceres (’08) and Arif Mahmood (’08), as well as members of the Trade Law Bureau of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Eric Leroux, Torsten Strom (’90), Kevin Gray and Dominic Gingras (’96).
Roberto Aburto is a third year student in the joint degree program with Michigan State; Noah Arshinoff is a second year student in the French Program; Neida Gonzales and Katrina Reyes are both third year students in the English Program.
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