Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ELSA Needs a Host for Its North American Moot Court Rounds

The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) is seeking a host of the ELSA Moot Court Competition All American Regional Round taking place in March 2015!

The ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. After making written submissions as both complainant and respondent, each team will travel to a Regional Round. ELSA has 5 regional rounds in various parts of the world (Europe, Americas, Africa, and Asia-Pacific). The ELSA moot court on WTO law is one of the most prestigious in the world. The 12th edition had over 80 schools participating from 6 continents!

The 13th edition will be launched on the 15th of September 2014 with the release of the Case. ELSA is currently searching for a host for the All Americas Round which will include teams from North, Central and South America. ELSA is looking for hosts among universities, student associations, or NGOs with an interest in international trade law and the right infrastructure to provide a successful round.

Things that will be considered in evaluating bids are:

  • The location should be easily reachable for the participants and panelists;
  • Teams from well-known universities from all over the Americas, WTO academics as well as representatives from the WTO itself will participate in the Round; and
  • The host will be expected to cover costs of accommodation, meals, opening and award ceremony, sponsors reception and pleading rooms from participant fees and independent fundraising.

ELSA International may be able to provide financial assistance based on success of fundraising efforts and will be able to provide some financing in case of a loss.

Host candidates must provide the following documents:

  • A motivation letter
  • A draft budget
  • A draft agenda including any social or academic programming (see document attached as help)

For more information please see also the draft host agreement to be concluded with ELSA International as well as the Regional Round Organizer's Manual, or you can contact the Vice President for Moot Court Competitions of ELSA International at mootcourts [at]

Send applications to mootcourts [at] before August 17, 2014. 

Hat tip to Jonathan Lewis.


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