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South and Central Asia: Law Students Compete In and Win International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Group photo of all participating teams HK Vis 2023

From March 19-26, 2023, law students representing 8 universities from Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic competed among 111 universities in the 20th Annual Willem C. Vis East Moot in Hong Kong. CLDP sponsored the teams' participation in this premier international commercial arbitration competition as a capstone to a 7-month training program that CLDP organizes yearly to prepare young lawyers in emerging markets for careers in commercial arbitration and oral advocacy. The CLDP-sponsored team from the Royal Institute Colombo (Sri Lanka), coached by The Moot Court Bench, won the moot, and Sri Lanka Law College (Sri Lanka) and Villa College (Maldives) broke into the Round of 32. Additionally, two students from Sri Lanka Law College, one student from Villa College, and one student from KAZGUU University received Honorable Mention for Best Oralist.