Faculty of Law Team Places Third Overall at 2018 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018

University of Ottawa 2018 FDI Moot Team

Faculty of Law students Ece Melisa Celebican (3L), Anna Katyk (3L) and Grace Tran (3L) competed in the 2018 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden from November 8-11, 2018. 110 teams from around the world competed in the 2018 FDI Moot, making it one of the largest in the event’s history.


The University of Ottawa concluded the preliminary as the top team in its pool, beating teams from Sorbonne, University College London and Harvard University in the process. The team advanced to the elimination round and fought its way to the third place match, where it emerged victorious over the National University of Singapore. Their only defeat was to the eventual winners of the competition, Lomonosov Moscow State University.


The uOttawa team finished the competition as the third highest ranked team overall (combined preliminary round memorial & oral scores). Grace Tran won the Thomas Walde Best Advocate Award, marking the second consecutive year uOttawa earned the award. Coach Jolene Hansell (J.D. 2018) won the Thomas Walde Award in 2017.


The team recognizes the support received from their coaches – Professor Anthony Daimsis, Professor Tony VanDuzer and Jolene Hansell – throughout their preparation and during the event. The team also thanks the numerous professors, practitioners, students and members of the law school who played a role in the team’s success. The team is co-sponsored by the Common Law and Civil Law Sections.


University of Ottawa 2018 FDI Moot Team

Photo caption, from left: Professor Tony VanDuzer (coach), Ece Melisa Celebican, Anna Katyk, Grace Tran, Jolene Hansell (coach), Professor Anthony Daimsis (coach)


“It’s gratifying to see our students competing against teams from powerhouse schools like Harvard, Sorbonne, University College London, and National University of Singapore – to name only a few – and come out victorious on the international stage,” said Professor Daimsis. “Our students consistently show the world that they can compete and (more often than not) beat the best of the best. This should make our faculty, student body and alumni very proud.”


Professor VanDuzer added, “this year’s success is attributable to the dedicated work of the team members who left no stone unturned in their research, contributing to our well-deserved reputation for being a school that is always very strong on the law.”


The Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot is an international moot court competition focusing on investor-state disputes. The 2019 competition will be held at the University of Miami School of Law in Florida.

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