• 24 Mar
  • 2023

Team RAU Ranked Second in the Rosenberg International Commercial Arbitration Competition

    The jubilee competition has become the largest in all ten years of its existence. This year 57 teams from leading universities of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have participated in the competition.

    Team RAU ranked II following the results of the X anniversary International Student Competition on M. G. Rosenberg International Commercial Arbitration. The competition was held in Moscow on March 14-17.
    Team RAU was represented by RAU PhD students Rosa Amirova (Department of Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law) and Laura Pahlevanyan (Department of Theory of Law and Constitutional Law), with the team coach being PhD student of the Department of Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law Shushanna Aleksanyan.
    The competition is held annually on the basis of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. The jubilee competition has become the largest in all ten years of its existence. This year the competition has brought together 57 teams from leading universities of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
    Team RAU has reached the final, ranking second in the Russian section among more than 40 teams, and has won in the nomination for The Best Memorandum of Claimant, and Laura Pahlevanyan received an award in the nomination for Convincing Performance in Oral Hearings.
    “The participation of Team RAU in the competition is becoming a well-established tradition: year by year we improve our skills by becoming more convincing and confident in our written works and oral presentations. It is evidenced by the team results. This year there has been strong competition, as we played against teams from such leading Russian universities as Lomonosov Moscow State University and HSE," Laura shared.
    Team RAU has expressed a heartfelt gratitude to their Alma Mater for its support and the opportunity to participate in such competitions.
    "Our team received a very warm welcome; representatives from other teams attended all our games. The competition allowed us to improve our theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and turned out to be an excellent communication platform for establishing contacts in the professional environment with future colleagues and potential employers," Rosa added.
    Note that the competition is named in honor of Professor Mikhail Grigoryevich Rosenberg, one of the founders of The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), an ICAC arbitrator for more than 40 years, a professor of the Department of Private International Law of the RFTA (Russian Foreign Trade Academy), who trained foreign trade specialists for 50 years.
    The M.G. Rosenberg Competition is a student competition held in the moot court format based on a game case and dedicated to the topics of international commercial arbitration and private international law. The competition traditionally consists of two stages. During the first round, each team prepares a memorandum of claimant and a memorandum of the defendant based on the published model case. The second round of the competition is conducted orally and consists of qualifying, quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds: the claimant’s team and the defendant's team act before the three arbitrators, expressing positions on procedural and substantive aspects of the case. The arbitrators evaluate the quality of the prepared procedural documents and oral presentations of the teams, as well as give professional and life advice to beginner lawyers.
    Translated by Elen Minasyan,
    I year Master’s Student in Translation & Interpretation, RAU