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Peking University team achieved historic breakthrough in the twelfth session of the Willem C. Vis

Peking University team reached the place of top 32 in the twelfth session of the Willem C. Vis (East) international commercial arbitration debate, which was held from March 15th to March 22nd in Hongkong. This is the best result achieved by both Peking University team and all Chinese teams in this competition.

Willem C. Vis international arbitration debate is one of the world's largest, oldest moot court competition, jointly organized by the United Nations Commission on international trade law, University of Vienna, East Branch of the Chartered Institute of arbitrators and other institutions, and is the only moot court competition held by United Nations agency. Oral argument was held in Hongkong and Vienna every year. This time, players from 108 schools and institutions at home and abroad, such as Yale University, Harvard University and Tsinghua University, participated in the competition in Honkong.

The theme of the competition was multinational trade disputes on ore. Players who represented two parties of the disputes argued about the procedural and substantive problems according to international trade and arbitration rules in the language of English, which was the comprehensive assessment on legal knowledge, written expression and oral argument of the players.

The Peking University team was led by 2011 undergraduate Chen Boli. Other teammates included 2011 undergraduate Jin Xue’er, Yang Le, Liu Qikun, Yu Luman, 2013 undergraduate Zhao Xinnuo and 2013 juris master Tang Yiru. During the competition, Peking University players competed fiercely with traditional strong teams in the round robin, and finally reached the position of top 32. Chen, Jin and Yang left a deep impression with their legal knowledge, logic thoughts and excellent debate skills in English.

Peking University team's success benefits not only from the teaching strength of PKU Law School, but also from the practical teaching policy and as well as the tradition to participate in international competition. The team has been preparing very carefully since last year, with the help of alumnus and lawyers from Beijing and Hongkong. Congratulations to them again!

(From left to right: Zhao Xinnuo, Yang Le, Chen Boli, Liu Qikun, Jin Xue’er)

Translated by: Kang Weiting

Edited by: Li Jie