Ateneo Law School wins the East Asian round of WTO moot competition

March 05, 2019

By Rohnwald T. Marcelo, 2 J.D.

After 10 years, Ateneo Law School regained the championship in the East Asian rounds of the John H. Jackson Moot Competition held in Singapore last February 23 to 26, 2019. The competition, formerly known as EMC2, is the world’s biggest simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. Teams of three to four law students prepare and analyze a fictive case and present their arguments both for the complaining and responding party in front of a panel of WTO and trade law experts. By winning the East Asian rounds, Ateneo Law School has secured its chance to win the international rounds in Geneva, Switzerland.
 

This year’s team is composed of Ms. Michaela Francesca Defensor (2E), Mr. Rohnwald T. Marcelo (2A), and Mr. Deric Robert E. Siquian (3D). Atty. Miguel Dimaculangan (J.D., 2012) and Atty. Kirsten Yap (J.D., 2005) were this year’s coaches who both did WTO moot as law students. Atty. Dimaculangan was a member of the team that won the championship in 2009, where Atty. Yap served as their coach. This year’s problem involves three measures at issue concerning a mineral capable of the militarization of arms but also capable of reducing CO2 emissions. The mineral was procured, subsidized, and applied with rules of origin to an alleged discrimination to another state. The team argued international obligations and exemptions under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the Government Procurement Agreement, and the Agreement on Rules of Origin.
 
The team had a total of four matches, including two preliminary matches, and semifinal and final rounds. They faced teams from Taiwan and China. In the final round, the team faced notable practitioners from all over the world as their panel. Aside from emerging as champions, individual awards for best oralist were conferred to Ms. Defensor and Mr. Siquian for the final and semifinal rounds, respectively.
 
The team will continue training under Atty. Dimaculangan and Atty. Yap in preparation for the Final Oral Rounds to be held in Geneva this June.

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  • Ateneo Law School wins the East Asian round of WTO moot competition
    Tuesday, March 05, 2019

    By Rohnwald T. Marcelo, 2 J.D.

    After 10 years, Ateneo Law School regained the championship in the East Asian rounds of the John H. Jackson Moot Competition held in Singapore last February 23 to 26, 2019. The competition, formerly known as EMC2, is the world’s biggest simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. Teams of three to four law students prepare and analyze a fictive case and present their arguments both for the complaining and responding party in front of a panel of WTO and trade law experts. By winning the East Asian rounds, Ateneo Law School has secured its chance to win the international rounds in Geneva, Switzerland.
     

    This year’s team is composed of Ms. Michaela Francesca Defensor (2E), Mr. Rohnwald T. Marcelo (2A), and Mr. Deric Robert E. Siquian (3D). Atty. Miguel Dimaculangan (J.D., 2012) and Atty. Kirsten Yap (J.D., 2005) were this year’s coaches who both did WTO moot as law students. Atty. Dimaculangan was a member of the team that won the championship in 2009, where Atty. Yap served as their coach. This year’s problem involves three measures at issue concerning a mineral capable of the militarization of arms but also capable of reducing CO2 emissions. The mineral was procured, subsidized, and applied with rules of origin to an alleged discrimination to another state. The team argued international obligations and exemptions under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the Government Procurement Agreement, and the Agreement on Rules of Origin.
     
    The team had a total of four matches, including two preliminary matches, and semifinal and final rounds. They faced teams from Taiwan and China. In the final round, the team faced notable practitioners from all over the world as their panel. Aside from emerging as champions, individual awards for best oralist were conferred to Ms. Defensor and Mr. Siquian for the final and semifinal rounds, respectively.
     
    The team will continue training under Atty. Dimaculangan and Atty. Yap in preparation for the Final Oral Rounds to be held in Geneva this June.