University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Law Team to Compete in Second Round of Concours d’Arbitrage de Paris

Seminar Students Advance in International Arbitration Moot for Fourth Straight Year
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January 22, 2014

A team comprising Pitt Law students from Professor Vivian Curran’s International Arbitration seminar course has advanced to the second round of the Concours d’Arbitrage de Paris (International Arbitration Competition Paris) for the fourth consecutive year. Mindy Cooper (‘14), Elina Aleynikova (‘14), Jihene Ferchichi (‘14), Sylvie Lara Guezeon (‘14), and Jingjing Xia (‘15) join 15 other teams, chosen from 85 worldwide, hoping to be one of the four teams selected to argue entirely in French before a group of prestigious international arbitrators during the final round, which takes place in May on the campus of Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Cosponsored by the Sciences Po Law School and Clifford Chance LLP, the competition centers around an international arbitration case in economic law for which teams are required to write a sophisticated legal brief in French. Teams chosen to compete in the final round receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris as well as training in how to argue in international arbitration. The winning team of two receives a prize of 8,000 euros and a six-month internship in the Paris office of Clifford Chance. The second-place team receives 4,000 euros.

The Pitt Law team, which has advanced to the second round in each of the years it has competed, is the only non-Canadian North American law school to do so. In addition, students who have taken Professor Curran’s seminar course have had exceptional job opportunities, including securing full-time positions at K&L Gates; a summer internship at the Paris office of a U.S. firm that does international arbitration; and, most recently, a summer position with White & Case in its international arbitration division in Paris.

More information about the competition, including case documents, is available here. (Note: This page has been translated into English.)

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