Geneva, 6 July 2022 (TDI): The final round of the 20th Anniversary of John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (JHJMCC), 20th edition was co-hosted by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Moreover, the last round of competition was organized on the topic of WTO Law. The event took place between 28 June – 2 July. Firstly, the winning award was given to the University of Zurich.

While the runner up team was Belgium’s Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Furthermore, from February to May 2022, 71 universities participated in regional rounds of the competition.

Out of which 39 were members and observers of the World Trade Organization. These members participated virtually as well as physically.

The competition included a further six regional rounds including; Africa, Oceania, South Asia, East Asia, All-Americas Round, and 2 European.

Likewise, the top 25 teams qualified for the final round.  Between 28 June and 2 July, the final round took place in Geneva co-hosted by the University of Geneva’s Faculty of Law and the WTO.

Further, four teams qualified for the semi-finals after four days of competition. The teams were; the University of Zurich, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Singapore Management University.

WTO Scholarships and Awards to Winners

The winning team was composed of Robert Matic, Kayla-Leigh Coetzee, Mattia Brugger, and Giulia Bachman from the University of Zurich. The winners received prizes and awards from the WTO.

WTO also offers winners the opportunity to receive scholarships. Winners will get a chance to study at the World Trade Institute. Winners can also study at Georgetown University Law Center.

The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) organized the competition. Since 2002 WTO has been a technical supporter of the competition. WTO’s broad support for capacity building is shown in JHJMCC.

In 2022 the faculty of WTO participated virtually and in-person in the competition. The staff of WTO participated as panelists in the competition.

The duties of WTO staff were to chair oral pleadings. Written submission and advising ELSA were also included. Advising ELSA on academic and logistical aspects of running competition was also added.