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ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law

ELSA Moot Court

Dear Rising 2L and 3L WCL Students:


Are you interested in learning about International Trade and World Trade Organization Law, and having the opportunity to measure your written and oral advocacy skills against fellow law students from across the globe?  If so, consider applying to represent the American University Washington College of Law at the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Moot Court Team Competition on WTO Law.  During the Fall semester, a small group of selected WCL students will compete against each other for the chance to remain on the team for the Spring semester.  The Spring semester team will consist of four students and will have the opportunity to compete internationally.


The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel.  Teams of interested students from all over the world prepare written submissions for the complainant and the respondent of a fictitious case involving WTO law. After the written preliminary round, the teams have the opportunity to present oral submissions for both the complainant and the respondent before a WTO dispute settlement moot court panel composed of WTO and trade law experts.


ELSA wishes to enable law students to deepen their understanding of law and practice their skills outside of the lecture halls of their universities and in an international environment. Participation in a competition such as the ELSA Moot Court Competition will help them build a professional profile already during their studies and prove their skills immediately upon entering professional life.


Further information about the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law can be found on the ELSA website:



This program will provide the following benefits for students:

  • Comprehensive experience mooting in front of practitioners and academics in various areas of international trade law
  • Oral advocacy skills
  • Written advocacy skills
  • Outstanding networking opportunities in international trade
  • Opportunity to compete regionally and internationally
  • Class Credit
    • In the past, class credit has been offered for participants. Participating in the competition is normally a two-credit graded independent study during the fall and a one-credit independent study course during the spring.



To participate in the ELSA Moot Court Competition, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • At least one semester of a course about international trade law (study abroad programs with trade courses fulfill this requirement). This requirement can be completed in the 2014 Fall Semester.
  • Students enrolled in any university/law faculty/school of business faculty doctoral program are not eligible for Team Membership.
  • Participants cannot currently be involved in the Moot Court Competition in another capacity, or have participated in the competition in previous years.
  • Participants cannot have been engaged in any WTO policy or WTO law work.

Please see the requirements explained in greater detail here:



To apply, please send an email to by September 6th at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted. The email must include the following:

  • A one-page (max) letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for (classes, work experience) the competition.
  • Your resume (please remove GPA).
  • Class/work schedule and your availability.


Good luck to all of the applicants!


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