Georgia Law moot team finishes among the top in the world


Competing against more than 250 teams from 50 different countries, the University of Georgia School of Law recently finished 17th in the world in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot last month in Vienna, Austria.

The team was composed of third-year law students Jessica N. Cox, Anna W. Howard and Kate L. Jensen along with second-year law student Francis M. "Donald" Wakeford. The team was coached by Associate Professor Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge.

In addition to their high overall finish, the team received an honorable mention in the best brief competition and was ranked sixth overall at the end of the preliminary rounds.

Organized by the United Nations, the Vis Moot, similar to the Jessup Tournament, teaches students the art of advocacy before an international forum. They spend six months writing two full-length briefs on a complex problem of international commercial law. This year, the UGA team argued against schools from Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia and the United States.

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