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International Rounds 2014

About

35 teams gathered in Oxford from 1-4 April, 2014 for the 7th edition of the International Rounds of the Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. Countries represented in the competition included the USA, Brazil, India, Egypt, Qatar, Singapore, Croatia, Greece, Kenya and Australia among others. Thanks to the addition of two new regional rounds (East Africa and China) through the past year, the competition has been more engaging and selective than ever.

The participants argued a case concerning the legal safeguards for journalists vis-à-vis non-professional news disseminators, on-line privacy, data protection and Internet regulation before highly qualified benches of internationally renowned academics, practitioners and lawyers from the media and ICT industries serving as judges. After three days of passionate arguments, India’s Jindal Global Law School – winners of the Regional Rounds in South Asia this year – and the University of Oxford emerged as the two finalists over a roster of teams who qualified for the advanced rounds that included Brooklyn Law School (USA), Hugh Wooding Law School (Trinidad & Tobago), University of Technology of Sydney (Australia), Queen Mary University of London (UK), Singapore Management University and China University of Political Science and Law in the quarter-finals. The finals bench was chaired by Justice Elsie Thompson Nwanwuri of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and comprised Mr Desmond Browne QC, Mr Xiongshan Cai of Tencent, Mr Mark Stephens CBE and Ms Gill Phillips of the Guardian; after the oralists of the two teams deployed their most refined arguments, the eminent judges declared the team from India the overall winners of the competition.

The competition offered as usual a rich programme of academic and social events, supported by the Internet company Tencent, the Guardian newspaper, Shell International and the law firm Amarchand Mangaldas. The activities included a panel discussion on the Snowden case, the Twitter ban in Turkey and the future of journalistic ethics, and a workshop on how to submit complaints to the United Nations Special Procedures in order to secure freedom of expression facilitated by experienced lawyers from the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Garden Court Chambers as well as a Human Rights Officer.

The four days of the competition have been a chance for students, academics and practitioners with an interest in media and ICT law and in freedom of expression issues to come to Oxford from all over the world and advance their knowledge in a diverse and friendly environment.

Results

Overall Winner:

Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, India

Overall Runner-up:

University of Oxford, UK

Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Brooklyn Law School, New York City, USA
Queen Mary University of London, UK

Quarter Finalists (in alphabetical order):

China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China
Hugh Wooding Law School, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Singapore Management University, Singapore
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Octa Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Amity Law School, Delhi, India
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Florida International University College of Law, Miami FL, USA
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Nis, Serbia
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Best Oralists:

1. Ms Jamesina McLeod, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
2. Mr Mukta Balroop, Hugh Wooding Law School, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
3. Ms Ramya Chandrasekhar, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India
4. Ms Jelena Jankovic, University of Nis, Serbia
5. Ms Giovana Felix Teodoro, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
6. Mr Litrow Hickson, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
7. Ms Modesta Apesa Chungalao, University of the Philippines, Philippines
8 ex aequo.       Mr Edward Chen, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
8 ex aequo.       Mr Jonathan Railey, Florida International University College of Law, Miami FL, USA
10. Ms Sylmarie Trujillo, Florida International University College of Law, Miami FL, USA

Best Oralist in the Final:

Mr Paul Lau, University of Oxford, UK

Best Memorials:

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Best Memorials – Runner-up:

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Other Participating Teams:

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City, USA
Communication University of China, Beijing, China
Elon University School of Law, USA
Lahore University of Management Studies, Pakistan
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
Shandong University, China
Tsinghua University, China
United Arab Emirates University, UAE
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
University of the Philippines, Philippines
University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Judges

Final Round Judges

Mr Desmond Browne QC is joint Head of Chambers at 5RB. He has provided representation in many seminal media law cases including MGN v Naomi Campbell and Berezovsky v Forbes. He read law at New College, Oxford, and has practised media law for forty years.

Mr Xiongshan Cai is a senior legal manager at Tencent and Senior Researcher of Tencent Cyber Law Research Center. He is also a senior legal researcher of the Institute of Economy and Policy Research, China Academy of Telecommunication Research, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CATR, MIIT). He holds an LL.M. in International Law from Transnational Law and Business University in Seoul and an LL.M. in EU Law from Paris – 1 University, and has experience in trade negotiation in English.

Justice Elsie Thompson Nwanwuri was elected to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2010. She was a serving Judge of the High Court of Rivers State Nigeria. She is called to the English and the Nigerian bar and received an LLB Honours degree from the Queen Mary College University of London. Prior to her appointment as a High Court Judge, she was in active private legal practice and has notably served in the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) where she held several posts including Regional Vice President for Africa.

Ms Gill Phillips is Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media. She qualified in 1984 and joined the BBC as an inhouse lawyer in 1987, later working for News Group Newspapers and Times Newspapers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge.

Mr Mark Stephens CBE is a partner at HowardKennedyFsi and specialises in international, appellate and complex litigation, constitutional law, human rights, IP, media & regulatory work, defamation, privacy, media, art
and cultural property, data protection and freedom of information and intellectual property. He has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in the country and abroad. Mark is also extremely active in many other areas having been appointed by the Foreign Secretary to the FCO Free Expression advisory board and the Lord Chancellor to be a Champion for the Community Legal Service. He has recently been elected as Independent Chair of the Board of Directors of The Global Network Initiative (GNI).

Senior Judges

Judge Willem Korthals Altes has been a judge in the Netherlands since 1995 and is currently a senior judge in the Criminal Law Division of the Rechtbank of Amsterdam. He is also a Visiting Professor at the New York Law School’s Media Center and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam.

Mr Keith Ashby is Head of Dispute Resolution at the leading media and entertainment firm, Sheridans. Keith represents high profile individuals and organisations in defamation and privacy disputes and is a solicitor to the Press Complaints Commission.

Mr Clive Baldwin is the Senior Legal Advisor for the legal and policy office of Human Rights Watch. Prior to 2007, Clive practiced law with the human rights law firm, Bindman and Partners, worked on European human rights litigation at the AIRE Centre and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kosovo, and served as the Head of Advocacy for Minority Rights Group International.

Professor Ido Baum is Associate Professor at the Georgetown Law Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London and Director of the Master’s Program at the College of Management, Haim Striks School of Law, in Israel. He specialises in procedural law, corporate law and media law. Professor Baum is also the legal commentator of the prestigious Israeli newspapers Haaretz and The Marker.

Dr Enrico Bonadio holds a J.D. from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. from the University of Florence. He currently lectures in Intellectual Property and EU Law at City University London (City Law School) and serves as a Visiting Professor at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France), Université Catholique de Lyon (France) and University of Turku (Finland). Enrico was also Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School in 2013. He has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practiced for several years as an IP litigator at international law firms.

Ms Brondi Borer graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York in 1996, and then opened a family law and mediation practice. Admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.,
Brondi developed a niche practice in LGBT family law focusing on issues such as donor insemination agreements, child support and coparenting agreements, domestic partnership and dissolution agreements, and second parent
adoptions. From 1997 – 2008, she served as an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, where she taught in the Critical Thinking Department. From 2001 – 2007, Brondi became the Vice President of The
Entertainment Software Rating Board (“ESRB”), the self-regulatory body for the videogame industry. Brondi also served as the Director of Judicial Education for the Williams Institute at UCLA Law.

Mr Ian Burton is the head of the UK & Ireland Regional Legal Team at Google. Prior to joining Google in 2011, he served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Nokia, and as Senior Associate in the IP Litigation Department of London-based IP Specialists, Bristows.

Ms Kristina Cendic is Annenberg Local Program Coordinator at Internews in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kristina is a Ph.D. candidate in media law and already holds a M.A. degree in human rights. She was the coach of the Sarajevo team at the 2013 Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, and currently leads media law clinics in Bosnia, as well as the national media law competition in Bosnia.

Ms Antonina Cherevko is a media lawyer and works for International Media Support coordinating its programme in Ukraine. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine where she obtained an LL.M. with a specialisation in media law. She was a 2010 participant in the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute.

Mr Neville Cordell is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP where he specialises in IP and media litigation and acted in the first ‘Napster’ copyright infringement case in the UK. He holds an LL.M. with Distinction in Intellectual Property and Media Law from King’s College, London.

Prof. Ian Cram is Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Leeds. He acted as general editor for the new edition of Borrie & Lowe, The Law of Contempt published in 2010. He also serves on the Board of Editors of the International Comparative Law Quarterly. He has also advised the Law Commission of England
and Wales on its review of contempt laws.

Ms Claire De Than B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., is Director of Student Experience and Senior Lecturer in Law at City University London, and a member of various committees including Senate and Academic Governance. A graduate of the University of London, she is the author or coauthor of more than 15 books, as well as many
legal articles in refereed journals. Claire has advised various governments on human rights issues and law reform. She has been a moot coach for many years and is a former National Adjudicator for the English Speaking Union.

Mr Roger Enock is Head of the dispute resolution and insurance recovery practices of the London office of Covington & Burling and is a specialist in litigation and arbitration. He was formerly a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Ms Francesca Fanucci is a lawyer in international and EU law, specialising in freedom of expression and media pluralism. She is a senior associate at Free Expression Associates, a consultant for the Open Society Foundations,
and an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression. She has been a legal analyst and researcher in corporate law for global and European public affairs
consultancies in Europe, North and West Africa, the United States and South America. She has co-authored ‘WikiLeaks, Secrecy and Freedom of Information: The Case of the UK’, in Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society (Palgrave-MacMillan 2013) and ‘Digital Television in Italy: From Analogue to Digital Duopoly?’ in the January 2013 issue of the International Journal of Digital Television.

Mr Dominic Harrison is a lawyer in Channel 4’s award winning Legal and Compliance Department. Before moving to London in 2006, Dominic was a partner in the top rated litigation department in Scotland. Dominic has advised on a diverse range of programmes and films including Dispatches, The Sri Lanka Killing Fields Series, Wikileaks Iraq’s Secret War Files, The Murder Trial, The Imposter, Dogging Tales, Walking Wounded, Legally High and Richard III: The King under the Car Park. As a lawyer at Channel 4, Dominic works with programme makers and editors to achieve the channel’s creative imperatives within the existing legal and regulatory framework.

Ms Shruti Hiremath holds an LL.M. in global business l aws from New York University, an LL.M. in corporate and financial services laws from National University of Singapore and a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) from National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She is admitted to practise law in India and the State of New York. She is presently working with Allen & Overy LLP as a part of their competition law team. She was a member of the winning team of the 2010-11 the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition Regional Rounds in South Asia.

Ms Ellen Hughes-Jones is an associate in the IP department in the London office of Edwards Wildman Palmer. She specialises in intellectual property and Internet technology litigation, with experience in copyright and trade mark infringement, confidential information and a variety of IT contractual disputes.

Mr George Hwang is the director of his own “heart-centered” firm, George Hwang LLC. With approximately 20 years of experience in the industry, George is a specialist in intellectual property and media law. In his free time, George works on completing his volume on media law for the Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore.

Ms Nani Jansen is Senior Legal Counsel at the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), where she oversees litigation in various national jurisdictions, as well as international courts and human rights tribunals. Nani is a qualified lawyer and holds law degrees from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School in New York.

Mr Mukhtar Karim is in-house Legal Counsel at MBNL, a telecommunications joint venture between Hutchison 3G and EE Limited, where he is responsible for the delivery of Hutchison 3G’s 4G delivery program. Prior to joining MBNL, Mukhtar worked at top 50 firms in the City of London advising clients such as Orange and Google. Mukhtar Karim has facilitated global leadership development programs, most recently in Vancouver, British Columbia and participates in political engagement programs to get marginalised constituents better represented in the political process.

Prof. Laurence Lustgarten is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. He was formerly Professor of Law at the University of Southampton, and Commissioner at the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has authored or co-authored a variety of books on national security, policing, and racial discrimination.

Ms Vesna Maglov is a human rights expert who holds an M.A. degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe, University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. Vesna has worked on several projects related to human rights and freedom of expression, and as a researcher on civic education and humanitarian law.

Mr Keith Mathieson is Head of the media team at London solicitors RPC. He has advised on libel, privacy and other claims against the media for over 20 years. He is instructed on a regular basis by most of the national newspapers and various other publishers and internet companies.

Mr David McCraw has been a lawyer for The New York Times Company since 2002. He currently serves as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He is responsible for the company’s litigation matters and for providing
legal counsel to the Times newsroom on such issues as libel, freedom of information, access to the courts, and newsgathering. Mr McCraw previously served as Deputy General Counsel of The New York Daily News and as litigation associate at Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells. He is an Adjunct Professor of Mass Media Law at
the New York University School of Law.

Ms Linda McElwee is a former Queen Mary, University of London LL.M. scholarship holder and captained its moot team at the International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in 2013. She has since completed her LL.M. in media law and is working as Legal Counsel for European Media Policy at Sky Deutschland.

Dr Tarlach McGonagle is a Senior Researcher and Education Coordinator at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists.

Mr Hashi Mohamed was called to the Bar in 2010 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Prior to coming to the Bar he was a broadcast journalist for the BBC for two years. Hashi read Law and French at the University of Hertfordshire School of Law, and later obtained a Masters Degree at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, following which he completed the Bar Vocational Course at City University, London. In 2010 Hashi was declared the Honourable Society of Lincoln Inn Mooting Champion. Since 2013, Hashi has judged the UK national rounds of the
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Prof. Kaveh Moussavi is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), University of Oxford. Kaveh Moussavi was called to the Bar in Tehran in 1978. He studied at the Universities of London, Leeds and
Oxford and between 2003 and 2009 served as Head of the Public Interest Law and Policy Programme of CSLS.

Ms Rebecca Murtha is a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, specialising in defamation and media law. She also advises clients on crisis and reputation management issues.

Ms Nicola Namdjou is Senior Legal Manager at Global Witness, an NGO that investigates, reports and campaigns to prevent natural resource-linked conflict, corruption and environmental abuses. She has previously worked as in-house editorial lawyer at Guardian News and Media and has provided regular prepublication advice to media organisations.

Ms Heather Newton is a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, specialising in intellectual property law and litigation. She has a first class law degree from University of Oxford and an IP Diploma from Bristol University.

Mr Peter Noorlander is Chief Executive Officer of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, an organisation that provides legal aid to independent media, journalists and bloggers around the world. He has litigated at various
national and international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee, and has won standard-setting cases on issues ranging from licensing of media to excessive defamation
awards.

Dr Harjinder S. Obhi is a Legal Director for Google UK. He has worked on many Google litigation cases in Europe and Asia in which principles of freedom of expression and the right to receive and impart information play a central role. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he was Senior Legal Counsel at Network General (a silicon valley based technology company, now NetScout). He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and his private practice experience was at law firms Lovells and Bristows.

Prof. Oreste Pollicino is Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law, Bocconi University. He was a post-doc in Comparative Public Law at Bocconi University, and holds a Ph.D. in constitutional law from the University of Milan,
and an LL.M. in European law from the College of Europe, Bruges.

Mr Jacob Rowbottom is CUF Lecturer in Law at University College, University of Oxford. He is
also the author of Democracy Distorted (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Mr Bratin Roy is Litigation Counsel at Google in London. Prior to joining Google in 2011, he was an IP litigator in private practice.

Mr Akash Sachdeva is a partner in the IP department of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Akash qualified as a barrister at the Chambers of Christopher Floyd QC and has specialised in all aspects of intellectual property litigation for over 14 years.

Ms Smita Shah is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. She has a specialist practice in International human rights and humanitarian law. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University in 2011 and holds a Masters in Human Rights from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and an LL.M. in international and comparative law from Columbia University, New York.

Ms Maya Sikand was called to the Bar in 1997 and is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London. She has a predominantly public law/civil liberties practice. She read English at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

Mr Michael Skrein is a senior litigation partner at Reed Smith in London. He has been handling media disputes for many years, often in crossborder matters. He has been involved in legislative reform projects. Michael chaired the committee set up by The Law Society for the Lord Chancellor’s Department to draft the preaction protocol for intellectual property disputes that became a Code of Practice. His experience spans films, television, music, theatre and games.

Mr Ad Van Loon is Managing Director at XMedia Strategies. He studied law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (1987). He worked at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, the European
Audiovisual Observatory and in the Media Division of the Council of Europe. As an Adjunct Professor of Law, Ad taught annual courses on European Telecommunications Law and on broadcasting regulation in European states. He
also taught European Telecommunications Law at the University of Sergio Arboleda in Bogota, Colombia.

Ms Divya Venugopal works at Slaughter and May in London. She graduated from NALSAR, University of Law in Hyderabad and holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics.

Mr Tim Warren is Legal Counsel for Mobile Broadband Network Limited, a telecommunications joint venture between Hutchison 3G UK Limited and EE Limited where he is tasked with engaging with site providers and landlords in all manner of property disputes and litigation, to assist in improving the operation of the consolidated network. Mr Warren recently relocated from Australia where he was an Associate at Rudkin Hitchcock Grant Lawyers, specialising in Property Litigation. Mr Warren holds an LL.M. and a Bachelor Degree in international business and has a keen interest in international political relations, which was a major theme in his studies.

Mr Nathan Webb is a pupil at One Brick Court. He holds a B.A. from the University of Cambridge and a LL.M. from University College London. He was awarded Best Oralist at the 2012 Price Media Law Moot Court Competition International Rounds.

Ms Amy Werner is responsible, in her role as General Counsel at AOL, for providing legal support to all areas of AOL UK’s fast-paced and dynamic business and she also supports AOL’s other European operations. Such legal support includes transactions, products, compliance, policy, and corporate governance. Amy has over 13 years of experience working in the digital media and advertising space.

Mr Philip Wheeler is a solicitor and has been a member of the BBC’s Programme Legal Advice team since 2003, giving pretransmission advice to editors and programme makers across the range of the BBC’s output, from news to Have I Got News For You. Before training to be a lawyer, he worked as a journalist.

Dr Michael Wiener works in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was also one of the experts who participated in the consultations that drafted the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality. His research interests include freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and the prohibition of incitement to national, racial or religious hatred. Currently, he is also a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

Ms Lois Cole Wilson is a barrister at 1 Gray’s Inn Square. She has developed a specialist media and information law practice with a particular interest in defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, freedom of expression, contempt of court, trademark and copyright law. She regularly gives pre-publication advice to The Times and The Sunday Times, as well as to various professional and lay clients.

Judges

Ms Vrinda Bhandari is a Rhodes Scholar reading for the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. She graduated with a distinction from the B.C.L., also at Oxford, and
was awarded the Ralph Chiles CBE Award for her performance in Comparative Human Rights.

Mr Chintan Chandrachud is pursuing a Ph.D. in Law at the University of Cambridge on a Judge Evan Lewis-Thomas Scholarship. He holds a B.C.L. and M.Phil. from the University of Oxford and an LL.B. from the Government Law College, Mumbai. He has worked as a trainee with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India.

Ms Lauren Dancer is a Rhodes Scholar reading for the Master of Public Policy at the University of Oxford. Ms Dancer also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford, and has practised in commercial litigation in Australia.

Ms Akansha Dubey is an Indian lawyer currently specialising in International Law in the L.L.M programme at the University of Cambridge. She has also specialised in the area of International Trade and Investment Law while undertaking her B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree at National Law University Jodhpur (India). She has won several awards in national and international moot court competitions including the Wilem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna. She is presently an editor of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law and has been the former editor-in-chief of the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law.

Ms Stephanie Forte is reading for the LL.M. in international law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She is currently an editor with the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, and publications officer and researcher with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. Stephanie practiced civil litigation in Jamaica, and has been a semifinalist in the International Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court.

Mr Max Harris is reading for a Master of Public Policy at the University of Oxford, having completed the BCL (Dist.) last year on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was a quarter-finalist at the International Rounds of the Jessup
competition in 2011, and received an award for being one of the top 25 speakers at the International Rounds.

Ms Antonija Ivancan is a postgraduate student at Queen Mary University of London, currently pursuing an LL.M. in intellectual property law. Previously, Antonija graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb with the Master’s degree. She participated in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition last year as a member of the team for the University of Zagreb who won in the South-East Europe Rounds. In 2012, Antonija participated in the Central and East European Moot Court Competition in European Law.

Ms Ana Kostava is an LL.M. Candidate and Member of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge. She has previously served as an Assistant Lawyer for the European Court of Human Rights after several years of private law practice in Georgia, where she has earned her LL.B. from Caucasus University. Miss Kostava’s mooting record includes several Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competitions, Central and Eastern European Moot Court Competition, Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition and Willem C. Vis International Commercial
Arbitration Moot.

Mr Filip Kufrin is currently a postgraduate student at Queen Mary University of London, pursuing an LL.M. in intellectual property law. He previously studied at University of Zagreb, Croatia and was a member of the winning team at the 2012-2013 South East Europe Rounds. Filip also participated at the 2012 Central and East European Moot Competition in EU law and the recently held 2014 edition of the Oxford International Intellectual Property
Moot.

Ms Victoria Miyandazi is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies for the Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) at the University of Oxford. She is a recipient of the Rhodes scholarship and holds an LL.B. degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya where she graduated top of her class with first class honours. She has participated in various moot court competitions and won the best speaker award at the 2011 ICRC National IHL Moot Court Competition. She has interned at the ICRC, worked as a research assistant for the African Centre for International Legal and
Policy Research (CILPRA) and as a legal research consultant for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) seconded to the Kenyan Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations.

Mr Arnav Narain has graduated from Indraprastha University, Delhi with a B.A., L.L.B. and is currently pursuing an LL.M. in international law from the University of Cambridge. He has participated in various national and international moot court competitions including Jessup, Stetsons and was nominated for the Richard Baxter Award
for Best Memorials at Jessup. His thesis and primary research was on the freedom of religious and cultural expression and its conflict with national security and public safety.

Mr Michail Risvas is a doctoral student in Public International Law at Balliol College and the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and a qualified attorney. He holds an M.Phil. and an M.Jur. with distinction from the University of Oxford, and an LL.B. from the University of Athens.

Ms Alisa Rukbankerd is currently reading for an LL.M. in international law at University of Cambridge. Previously, in her undergraduate study, she was the President of Chulalongkorn University Moot Court Club and participated in the 17th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration and 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competitions.

Ms Prutha Pandya is reading for the M.Sc. in Law and Finance at Somerville College, University of Oxford with a focus on Business Taxation and Corporate Finance. She graduated from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar in 2012.

Ms Geetanjali Sharma is reading for her LL.M. at the University of Cambridge. As a Becker Law scholar at Lucy Cavendish College, she is specialising in International and Comparative Laws. She has participated and won awards in several moot court competitions including the Jessup, Vis, Henry Dunant and Louis Brown Client Counselling Competitions. She is a qualified lawyer in India and has received training in cross culture negotiation and mediation from San-Diego.

Mr Shashvata Shukla is reading for the B.C.L. at Oriel College, University of Oxford on a departmental scholarship. He graduated from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar in 2012 and holds an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mr William Wong is reading for an LL.M. at the University of Cambridge with a specialization in international law. He is a barrister and solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada and clerked for The Honourable Madam Justice Dawson of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Canada.

Ms Yarui Zhou is currently an M.Jur. student at the University of Oxford. She graduated with first class honours from China University of Political Science and Law. She has participated in the Willem C. Vis Moot, CIETAC International Arbitration Moot and BFSU Intellectual Property Moot.

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