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As part of its “Business and Human Rights: Arbitration” project in Russia, PILnet organized a two-day Moot Arbitration Competition on the 11th and 12th of November 2021 in Moscow.

Hosted in partnership with arbitration experts, this was an event for Russian law students, who had previously participated in PILnet’s “Business and Human Rights: Arbitration” online course and online clinic in September 2021, to use their skills and knowledge they learned for this competition.

Two weeks before the moot, the participants were provided with the case materials that demonstrated the public interest implications which may arise in arbitration and examined how public interest could be protected.

On the first day of this competition, participants joined a skills-building workshop by Oleg Volodin, an Associate at White & Case’s Moscow office, who shared advice on arbitration practice.

On the second day, these four teams got a chance to apply this theoretical and practical knowledge on public interest protection in arbitration in qualifying rounds. The two teams that won the qualifying rounds competed in the final round judged by arbiters from Dechert, Morgan Lewis, and Three Crowns law firms. In the final round, ​​the hypothetical case presented was similar to the prominent Urbaser v. Argentina case. The participants addressed the issues of environmental rights, access to water, and the rights of indigenous peoples.

Congratulations to the winners of the PILnet Moot Arbitration Competition Daniil Shamelo and Olga Ganina!