Qatar University College of Law (QU-LAWC) students won the award for Best Claimant Memorandum at the 7th Annual Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition Middle East Pre-Moot, recently held at Kuwait International Law School (KILAW). 

LAWC students Rana Mohamed Osman Al Bashir, Metha Jaber Al Jaber, Noor Ibrahim zm Mohd, Shaikha Khalid Al Kubaisi, Dima Nawar Al Sayed, Bashayer Hassan Al Ahbabi, Najlaa Hamad Al Naimi and Noora Al Naimi, competed against 16 teams from different academic institutions in the Middle East.

Leading up to the pre-moot, the students conducted research on the legal issues related to contract dispute. They developed their arguments, which they presented in front of a panel of judges and attorneys from law and civil law backgrounds.

According to LAWC Dean Dr Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi this is not the first time that their students won an international legal competitions since the establishment of the Lawyering Skills Programme at the College of Law in 2010.

LAWC Clinical Assistant Professor and Coach Dr Aaron Richard Harmon said the competition provided the students with a unique opportunity to experience commercial arbitration.

They gain confidence by arguing in front of legal experts and against students from law schools around the world. This adds value to their legal education and prepares them for their future careers as legal professionals.’

The students also acknowledged the invaluable lessons they learned in the Moot Court. One of the students, Metha Jaber Al Jaber said it was more challenging than anything they’ve done at the university.

It was a great experience. We had to work very hard to do the research and write the memos. It was more challenging than anything I have done so far at the university, but it was worth the effort. I have acquired new skills that will help me as a lawyer.’

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