HSE Team Among Top 4 Teams in Final Round of International John H. Jackson Moot Court on WTO Law
Master's students Elena Murashko, Nikita Sinitsin and Zhargal Budaev (from the master’s programme 'Law in International Trade, Finance and Economic Integration'), along with Vadim Absaliamov (4th-year undergraduate student) represented the HSE Faculty of Law at the John H. Jackson Moot Court on WTO Law. The team was coached by Daria Boklan, professor of HSE's School of General and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies and Viktoriia Levchenko, a 2nd-year master’s student and research trainee of the Scientific and Educational Laboratory for Studies on Protection of State Interests under Economic Sanctions in the Faculty of Law.
In the final round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court on WTO Law, the team was ranked among the four best teams in the world. The team competed against more than 90 teams from all continents and was the only European team to reach the quarterfinals. In the semifinal, the HSE team competed against the Harvard Law School team (USA) and lost by a few points. Elena Murashko, a 1st-year master’s student and research trainee of Scientific and Educational Laboratory for Studies on Protection of State Interests under Economic Sanctions, was recognized as the best oralist of the semifinal.
The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly known as the EMC2) was held for the 17th time. The competition is a simulated hearing in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. The Competition annually draws participants from around the globe. This year, students from 90 law schools on six continents came to compete. The competition consists of two stages: teams first compete on the regional level (Europe, Asia, America and Africa), after which four teams from each regional round go onto represent their universities in the Final Oral Round which takes place annually in the headquarters of the WTO in Geneva (Switzerland).
The HSE Faculty of Law team became one of the top four European teams and qualified to represent Russia during the European regional round which was held in Prague (Czech Republic) in March 2019.
The team would like to express its gratitude to the HSE Endowment Fund, the Faculty of Law and Sergey Saveliev, docent of the Department of Practical Law and partner of the law firm Saveliev, Batanov & Partners, who made this achievement possible.