A Georgia State University College of Law moot court team got a taste of international dispute settlement during an arbitration competition in Vienna on July 4.
The team of four law students competed against 15 other schools from six continents, making it into the eight-team elimination round before falling to the eventual winner, St. Joseph University of Beirut.
Teams were asked to engage in a mock mediation based on a fictional case under the United Nations protocol for the international sale of goods.
The team was chosen out of 40 applicants and was led by Shelby Grubbs, executive director of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, which is set to launch this fall within the GSU law school. He was joined by Magaly Cobian, the center’s managing director. The Atlanta International Arbitration Society helped coach the team.
Students praised the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition as a chance to put learning into practice.
“We gained valuable insight into other cultures and other styles of dispute resolution. Additionally, we were able to network with students and accomplished professionals from around the globe. This was an incredible opportunity,” said Kori Eskridge, a recent graduate of the college of law, said in a release.
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