Congratulations to Cardozo LL.M. team for winning the LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition at American University! The students placed first out of 12 teams.
The competition, which includes the preparation of an outline of participants’ arguments on behalf of both the claimant and the respondent, emphasizes oral advocacy skills before panels of arbitration experts. The 2013 problem, which focused on dressage, required students to argue on the issue of whether a dressage horse was fit for its particular purpose in accordance with the CISG (UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods). Students were also required to argue on whether a valid agreement to arbitrate had been concluded, the potential enforceability any award under the New York Convention, and proper jurisdiction over the dispute.

The winning Cardozo team included Andrea Kalish, Iva Rukelj, Kristina Jean-Conte, and Matthew Gross. In addition, Kristina Jean-Conte received an honorable mention for her oral presentation.

Teams competing in the competition included:

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (two teams)
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center (two teams)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Penn State University Dickinson School of Law
  • Michigan State University College of Law 
  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (two teams)