Pitt Law Victorious at Fifth LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition

Pitt Law was victorious at the Fifth LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held at American University Washington College of Law April 7-8, 2016. Pitt Law defeated American University in the quarter finals, Georgetown Law in the semi-finals, and ultimately the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the final round on the evening of April 8. The Pitt Law team was comprised of Gustavo Arrobo (Ecuador), Nevena Jevremovic (Bosnia), Glory Ohaekwusi (Nigeria), and James Ochieng (Kenya).

L to R: Gustavo Arrobo, James Ochieng, official Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Nevena Jevremovic, and Glory Ohaekwusi

The competition featured 25 teams from 18 law schools, including American, Berkeley, Columbia, Denver, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Illinois, Northwestern, Penn, Penn State, Southern California, and Texas.

“This success testifies, in the first place, to the hard work, dedication and tremendous legal skills and intelligence of this group of young foreign-trained lawyers," said CILE Executive Director and team coach Richard Thorpe. "It is also evidence of the strength of Pitt Law in training JD and LLM students alike in international arbitration law and practice, coming only a few weeks after our team of JD students advanced to the Round of 32 in the Wilhelm Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot under the guidance of Professors Ronald Brand and Harry Flechtner."

The LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition was specifically created for LLM students to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes. The competition focuses primarily on oral advocacy before a panel of arbitration experts.