Congratulations to UvA Law students – Joanna Siewierska, Kalvis Logins, Olele (Lilly) Akhile Oijiangbe and Firas Aidi – who reached the semi-finals in the global rounds of the 2021 Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAMC) competition and achieved 3rd place, out of 43 participating teams from 21 countries.
FIAMC is the oldest and most prestigious moot court in the field of foreign investment law. This year’s 13th edition was held virtually, between 8 and 19 March 2021. Despite the online format, the students demonstrated amazing pleading skills and thorough knowledge of the traditionally very complex case. Overall third place in the global rounds is a fantastic achievement and also UvA’s best ever result at this competition. In addition, the team had the highest placing of the participating European teams.
In the semi-finals, the UvA team conceded victory to the team of Singapore National University, which eventually took 1st place in the competition.
The team was composed of students from UvA’s LLM International and European Law programme (International Trade and Investment Law track) and was coached by Dr Vid Prislan, with the assistance of Aram Aghababyan (UvA student) and Joost van Dam and Manish Bahl (from Fieldfisher law firm Amsterdam). Further thanks for their generous assistance in preparing the team should go to former students William Alexander Smith-Burnand, Kyle Varga, Claudia Mihalcea, Manuela Staudenmann, Elias Ritzi and Veronika Bondarenko, as well as Dr Hege Elisabeth Kjos.
The moot court has been the most enriching experience in my time as a student at UvA so far. I am very grateful for the opportunity to plead, and proud to have brought the University of Amsterdam farther than it has ever achieved in the competition before. It's still hard to believe that we were the best team in Europe and third in the world.Joanna Siewierska
The FIAMC experience was stressful, exciting, but mostly educational. In December we started with preparing our pleadings and we learned alot about structuring and the order in which our arguments would be most logical. After all the study and preparations, probably the most important lesson I learned was to be yourself.Lilly Akhile Oijiangbe