Mayer Brown participated in the 14th edition of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition, which is organized in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The annual competition is a simulation of a WTO panel proceeding designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures. Participating teams in the student-run competition represent both the complainant and the respondent in a fictional case in front of a panel, which consists of WTO and trade law experts.

For the past several years, Mayer Brown has been involved with the competition—providing resources and serving as panelists. This year, Government & Global Trade lawyers across the firm’s international offices participated in the pleadings during the Final Oral Round and Regional Rounds, which spanned six continents. Duane Layton (Washington DC), leader of the Government & Global Trade practice, along with partner Timothy Keeler (Washington DC), served as panelists during the Final Oral Round in Geneva, Switzerland; partner Nikolay Mizulin (Brussels) served as a panelist in the European Regional Round in Passau, Germany; and associate Edouard Gergondet (Brussels) served as a panelist in the European Regional Round in Brno, Czech Republic.

“It’s an honor to support the next generation of trade lawyers through the ELSE Moot Court Competition,” said Mr. Layton. “These students gained invaluable experience by practicing their skills and witnessing firsthand how the WTO dispute mechanism works. Their dedication, enthusiasm and high-caliber talent are incredible.”