Volume 14, Number 22
April 1, 2008

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Moot Competition Promotes Arbitration

mootMembers of Bilkent University's Faculty of Law travelled to Vienna for the "15th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot," held March 14 to 20. Coaches Aslı Elif Gürbüz and Ceren Ünal, fourth year law students Pınar Çağlayan, Mustafa Durakoğlu, Utku Kerem Kırklar, and Öncü Serter, and third year law student Derya Durlu all took the journey to the annual competition, along with over one thousand students from 52 countries and 203 universities!

The aim of the event is to promote study in the areas of international commercial law and arbitration and encourage the use of arbitration in business disputes. The problem faced by moot teams was based on an international sales transaction under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980 (the CISG) that also involved jurisdictional issues. There were two stages: submission of a written memoranda for the Claiment and the Respondent, and a hearing of the oral arguments based on the memoranda.

Öncü Serter received an "Honorable Mention" award for his outstanding performance during the oral arguments. This is the first award ever given to a competitor from a Turkish team in this competition.

Moot (Old English: mòt): The adjective moot is originally a legal term going back to the mid-16th century. It derives from the noun moot, in its sense of a hypothetical case argued as an exercise by law students. Consequently, a moot question is one that is arguable or open to debate.

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