Georgetown Law Wins LL.M. Arbitration Moot Competition

March 10, 2015 —

Georgetown Law took home the top honors at the 2015 LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, held March 6 and 7 at American University’s Washington College of Law. The team of Harsh Sancheti (LL.M.’15), Gladys Bagasin (LL.M.’15), Shamalie Jayatunge (LL.M.’15) and Marta Testagrossa (LL.M.’15) won the overall competition, competing in rounds against American, Columbia and Cornell. Sancheti also won the prize for best oralist.

The victory was “the result of the dedication and excellent teamwork of the students — as well as the guidance, trust, and support of the outstanding people that make up the Georgetown Law international arbitration community,” said Ricardo Ampudia (LL.M.’13), who coached the winning team along with fellow alums Hugh Carlson (L’10) and Min Choi (LL.M.’12). “Coaching such a talented group of students … was a great honor and an incredibly rewarding experience."

The students credited the win to their coaches and Professor Anne Marie Whitesell, the faculty director of Georgetown Law’s program on international arbitration and dispute resolution.

“It takes a village to win a competition,” said Bagasin, noting that the coaches were there for them from start to finish. “It was the highlight of my LL.M. career.”

A second Georgetown team with Mariano De Alba (LL.M.’15), Navpreet Moonga (LL.M.’15), Valentin Bourgeois (LL.M.’15) and Ilaria Veltri (LL.M.’15) came in sixth place out of the 24 teams that competed.

Whitesell noted that the success of both teams resulted from the excellent coaching, many hours of study and preparation, and most importantly, the students’ ability to cooperate and work together. “The team spirit among all eight students was exceptional,” she said. “Watching them during the competition, I was extremely proud and thankful to them for representing Georgetown Law Center at its best.”

For more information, see the competition website.

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