About Us

The Moot Alumni Association of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (the “MAA”) was established in 1997 during the 3rd Willem C. Vis Moot Competition in Vienna. The MAA started with a handful of academics, students, and professionals and has expanded to over 5,000 members and continues to grow every year.

The purpose of the establishment of the MAA is to form an association to promote the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (“Vis Moot”) and the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot (“Vis East”) and to achieve its goals of educating the general public on the topics of international arbitration and international trade law.

The MAA also preserves and strengthens ties among former, current, and future participants (students, academics and professionals alike) of the Vis Moot and Vis East worldwide, establishing an international network that facilitates the continuing exchange of professional, social, and cultural experiences amongst members.

People.

Executive Board

Sherlin Tung

President

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Isabela Deveza

Vice President

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Sabine Neuhaus

Vice President

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Wendy Gonzales

Secretary

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Vindobona Journal Team

Innhwa Kwon

Senior Editor-in-Chief of the
VJ

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Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira

VJ Editor-in-Chief

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Emma Genovese

Admin, Editor

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Antoinette Narciso

VJ Technical Editor

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International Liasons Team

Dmytro Galagan

Chair of International
Liaisons

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Benedetta Meloni

Vice Chair

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Ramalingam Vallinayagam

Team

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Media Team

Gustavo Becker

Co-Chair

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Ipek Ince

Co-Chair

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Christopher Campbell

Team

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Eleanor Dennis

Team

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Yuri Leite

Co-Chair

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Mentor-Mentee Team

Cristen Bauer

Chair of the MAA Mentor-Mentee Program

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Areej Bahashwan

Team

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Jane-Frances Ego-Osuala

Team

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Conferences Team

Christopher Campbell

Team

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Innhwa Kwon

Team

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Yashraj Samant

Team

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Ana Coimbra Trigo

Team

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Compliance Team

Velislava Hristova

Team

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Julia Richter

Team

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Maja Šutalo

Team

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China Project Team

Qing Ao

Team

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Matthew Suen

Team

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Diversity Team

Tess Bens

Co-Chair

Shashi Dholandas

Co-Chair

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Regional Representatives Team

Mariya Davis

Co-Chair

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Yuri Leite

Co-Chair

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Peace Adeleye

Representative

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Navin Ahuja

Chair of International Liaisons

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Stephen Ojo

Representative

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Tatiana Polevshchikova

Representative

Matthew Suen

Representative

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Akshit Vohra

Representative

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Robert M. Warzel

Representative

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Advisory Board.

The MAA is grateful for the advice and guidance that it receives from the members of its Advisory Board consisting of the following members, listed in alphabetical order:

Ms.Louise Barrington, JD, LLM, FCIArb (Chartered)
Professor Eric E. Bergsten
Mr. Arno Eisen
Mr. Björn Gehle
Professor Dr. Christopher Kee
Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll
Professor Dr. Ulrich Schroeter
Professor Jeff Waincymer

Legal Information.

The website maa.net is owned and operated by the “Alumni Association of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot” (MAA).The MAA is a non-profit association (“eingetragener Verein”), established and existing under the laws of the Republic of Austria, registered with the competent Austrian authority at the Federal Police, District Vienna (“Bundespolizeidirektion Weien”) with its registered address at Semperit AG Holdings, Attn: Sherlin Tung, Modecenterstrasse 22, 1030 Vienna, Austria, and registry number ZVR 563556309. A registry excerpt can be obtained online from the Central Registry of Associations (“Zentrales Vereinsregister”) maintained by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Internal Affairs at https://zvr.bmi.gv.at/

The MAA is represented by the members of the Executive Board listed HERE.

A courtesy English translation of the MAA’s Articles of Association can be accessed HERE.

The German version of the MAA’s Articles of Association can be accessed HERE.

Our Date Privacy Statement can be accessed HERE.

General inquiries may be directed at: [email protected]

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  • Sherlin (董希琳) Tung

    Sherlin (董希琳) Tung is a Partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Team of Withers Worldwide and based in its Hong Kong office. Sherlin advises clients on cross-border disputes in mainly Asia, the Americas, and Europe. She is qualified as an attorney in California and New York (U.S.A.) and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong.

    Sherlin was a former mootie and continues to support the moot through coaching and arbitrating in addition to her role in the MAA.

  • Isabela Deveza

    Isabela Deveza participated in the Vis Moot as a mootie, coach and arbitrator. She has completed her legal education in civil and common law jurisdictions, being admitted to practice law in Australia. She is a Senior Associate with White & Case in Sydney and a Board Member of the MAA.

     

  • Sabine Neuhaus

    Sabine Neuhaus is a Swiss qualified attorney-at-law and graduated from the University of Zurich (MLaw, summa cum laude) and Hong Kong University (LL.M. in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, with distinction). She is an associate in the Shanghai office of KellerhalsCarrard. Her practice consists of cross-border transactions and international arbitration with a focus on China-related mandates and the life science industry. Sabine is an arbitrator at the Vis Moot and regularly speaks at conferences related to arbitration and international business law. Sabine is a Board member of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce Shanghai.

  • Wendy Gonzales

    Wendy Gonzales is passionate about technology law and Commercial Arbitration. LL.M International Business Law at Vrije Amsterdam University and Spanish qualified lawyer. Legal Counsel and ADR specialist at European headquarters located in Amsterdam of ASUS – Multinational in Technology. Currently co-editor for research about Cybersecurity and Arbitration.

    She strongly believes on projects with an impact in the arbitration community. For this reason, she is involved at Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, related competitions and projects. For instance, as volunteer Arbitrator for the competition and related Pre Moots, Board member at its Moot Alumni Association (MAA), co-chair of MAA Mentorship Program, coach of Vrije Amsterdam University team and advisor for project regarding the first Pre Moot at Nigeria.

    International mindset due to education and working experience among different culture and regions such as Europe, South-America and Asia. Fluent in Spanish and English, while confident in French and Italian. In sum, a young professional captivated of finding feasible international legal solutions and constant improvements to daily business challenges.

  • Innhwa Kwon

    Innhwa is an attorney licensed in Korea, currently based in Vienna/Austria. A member of zeiler.partners, she has specialization on international arbitration. Innhwa is a member of the moot alumni since 2012.

  • Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira

    Leonardo is a Brazilian lawyer and academic based in the United Kingdom. Leonardo is currently a Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London.

  • Emma Genovese, VJ Administrative Editor

    Emma is a student at Deakin University, Australia. She is studying a double degree in a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies. Emma has been passionate about international commercial law since competing in the 15th Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

  • Antoinette Narciso, VJ Technical Editor

    Toni works as an analyst in a multinational investment bank and financial services company, and looks forward to becoming a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia. She currently divides her time between Manila and Sydney.

  • Dmytro Galagam

    Dmytro is a lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Faculty of Law and received his LL.M. degrees from the Central European University (2012) and University of Victoria (2019). Dmytro participated in the 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and has been involved in the MAA activities since 2014.

  • Benedetta Meloni

    Benedetta is a young professional in Dispute Resolution. She pursued her Dispute Resolution education internationally: Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and United States. She worked in Chicago as a mediator and then joined a small boutique in New York. Before moving to the US, Benedetta participated to the 24 th VIS Moot. Benedetta believes that the VIS Moot is the most enriching and stimulating experience that somebody eager to learn about Arbitration could live. Thanks to the Moot, Benedetta had the possibility to connect all over the world, and to participate as a delegate to the 68 th Session of the UNCITRAL WG II.

  • Ramalingam Vallinayagam

    Ramalingam is a lawyer practicing in various High Courts and Tribunals in India. He participated in the 25th Willem C. Vis Moot as an oralist and as an Arbitrator in the 16th Vis East Moot. He is an Associate with CIArb and also a member of the editorial sub-committee of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Malaysia. He is an alumnus of School of Excellence in Law, Chennai.

  • Cristen Bauer

    Gustavo is admitted to practice law in Brazil, he holds an LL.B a Master’s of Science degree in International Law (First Class Honours) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). He has recently worked for the Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada in São Paulo and for the UNCITRAL Secretariat in Vienna. He led the creation of his university first team to ever participate in the Vis Moot in 2017 and keep taking part in the competition as coach and arbitrator since then.

  • Ipek Ince

    İpek İnce is an associate at Gedik Eraksoy Attorney Partnership (in association with Allen & Overy). She participated in 24th and 25th Vis Moot as and coaching the Istanbul University team since then. Apart from her role as a regional representative, she is also a member of communications team at MAA

  • Christopher Campbell

    Visiting Counsel and Baker Hughes Curator and host of Tales of the Tribunal, a podcast profiling people and topics in the world international dispute resolution. Chris works on commercial arbitration matters around the world in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Chris regularly supports the MAA in various initiatives.

  • Eleanor Dennis

    Eleanor is an incoming Articling Student at Baker & McKenzie in Toronto and received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University in 2020. Eleanor was awarded the second-place award for Best Individual Oralist in the 27th Vis Moot, where her team also received an honourable mention for the award for Best Memorandum for Respondent and tied for ninth place overall. Eleanor also received an honourable mention for the 2020 Nappert Prize in International Arbitration.

  • Yuri Leite

    Yuri is a lawyer admitted to practice in Brazil who has focused his career in international arbitration since joining his university’s Vis Moot team back in 2013. After practicing with Finkelstein Advogados in São Paulo for about two years, he went on to internship with Latham & Watkins in Paris and Volterra Fietta in London. He is currently an associate at Arbitration Chambers in London, working alongside arbitral tribunals in varying jurisdictions.

    He has gone to Vienna and Hong Kong with his teams from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (where he got his LLB in 2014) and the University of Versailles (where he got his Master 2 degree in 2017), as well as participating in the FDI, IMLAM, and Montpellier moots, for a total of 10 participations in mooting competitions as a coach and arbitrator between 2014 and 2018.

  • Cristen Bauer

    Well-rounded professional with 10+ years of diverse international experience. Committed to developing better international trade and investment agreements, in order to strengthen the rule of law, enhance dispute resolution options, and promote sustainable trade and investment practices. Located in Washington D.C.

  • Areej A. Bahashwan

    Dynamic and highly motivated professional with experience in diverse areas of both local and international laws. Was part of the first and only Saudi\GCC team to qualify for the round of 64 in the 26th Willem C. Vis Moot. Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

  • Jane-Frances Ego-Osuala

    Final Year Law student of the University of Lagos, Nigeria and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigeria. Passionate about international commercial arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Located in Lagos,Nigeria.

  • Christopher Campbell

    Visiting Counsel and Baker Hughes Curator and host of Tales of the Tribunal, a podcast profiling people and topics in the world international dispute resolution. Chris works on commercial arbitration matters around the world in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Chris regularly supports the MAA in various initiatives.

  • Innhwa Kwon

    Innhwa is an attorney licensed in Korea, currently based in Vienna/Austria. A member of zeiler.partners, she has specialization on international arbitration. Innhwa is a member of the moot alumni since 2012.

  • Yashraj Samant

    Yashraj is a practicing advocate at Supreme Court of India and other High Courts specializing in dispute resolution, international arbitration and mediation. A former Vis Mootie and an attendee of the prestigious Cologne Academy on International Commercial Arbitration, Germany, he is an alum of the renowned National Law University Mumbai.

  • Ana Coimbra Trigo

    Ana is an Arbitration Associate at PLMJ Advogados (Lisbon, Portugal) and regularly appears as counsel and secretary in arbitration proceedings. Ana studied at the University of Coimbra and China-EU School of Law (Beijing) and is a Young ICCA Events Coordinator and ITA Reporter for Portugal.

  • Velislava Hristova

    Velislava is a Bulgarian qualified lawyer specialising in International Arbitration. She has more than four years of PQE working in law firms in Bulgaria, Sweden, Austria and the U.K. Velislava holds an LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law from Stockholm University, regularly serves as an arbitrator and coach and in 2020 organised the First Austrian Vis Pre-Moot.

  • Julia Richter

    Julia Richter is currently pursuing her LLM at the London School of Economics and works in arbitration and litigation at Latham & Watkins. She coached the Vis Moot team for the University of Hamburg in the 27th Vis Moot and participated herself in the 24th Vis Moot.

  • Maja Sutalo

    Maja is Croatian qualified attorney at law specialized in data protection and a holder of Certified International Privacy Professionals/Europe certificate accredited by ISO and ANSI. Maja Šutalo was Vis Moot participant in 2011./2012. She graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Qing Ao

    Qing is dual qualified in China and England and Wales. She has extensive experience working in cross-jurisdictional context, and has advised clients on high profile disputes arising from infrastructure and energy sectors. After 15 years work experience at an international law firm, Qing recently joins Yingke Law Firm as Senior Consultant.

  • Matthew Suen

    Matthew holds a LL.B. degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)(Dist.) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now pursuing his LL.M. (Civil and Commercial Law) at Peking University, Beijing. Matthew is a keen supporter of the Vis Moot and he is now serving as the Regional Representative for the Greater China Region of the Moot Alumni Association (MAA) and is part of MAA’s China Project team. Apart from these roles, he has also been coaching various Vis Moot teams in the Greater China Region.

  • Shashi Dholandas

    Shashi K. Dholandas is a litigation and arbitration attorney at Bailey Duquette P.C. in New York, where he provides counsel to clients in both international and domestic matters. He previously served as a Director and as International Case Counsel with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) and ICDR Canada.

    Shashi is an active member of the international arbitration community, and first participated in the Vis Moot as an oral advocate for Rutgers Law School in 2010.  He continues to coach Vis Moot teams and volunteers as an arbitrator at the competition and at practice rounds.

  • Mariya Davis

    Mariya Davis is a U.S.-qualified attorney practicing in complex commercial litigation. Mariya participated in the 23rd and 24th Vis Moot, has been a member of the MAA since 2017, and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the MAA Regional Representatives Group.

  • Yuri Leite

    Yuri is a lawyer admitted to practice in Brazil who has focused his career in international arbitration since joining his university’s Vis Moot team back in 2013. After practicing with Finkelstein Advogados in São Paulo for about two years, he went on to internship with Latham & Watkins in Paris and Volterra Fietta in London. He is currently an associate at Arbitration Chambers in London, working alongside arbitral tribunals in varying jurisdictions.

    He has gone to Vienna and Hong Kong with his teams from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (where he got his LLB in 2014) and the University of Versailles (where he got his Master 2 degree in 2017), as well as participating in the FDI, IMLAM, and Montpellier moots, for a total of 10 participations in mooting competitions as a coach and arbitrator between 2014 and 2018.

  • Peace Adeleye

    Peace is a Nigerian qualified barrister and solicitor. She is presently an Associate of Kenna Partners, a leading law firm in Nigeria and she practices law both as a barrister and solicitor. Peace has been involved in the Vis Moot and the FDI Skadden where she has acted as an arbitrator.

  • Navin Ahuja

    Navin is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Arbitration focussing on guerrilla tactics. He is a legal editor and an accredited Mediator. Navin has written several chapters and articles on the CISG and ADR. He is an editorial board member of the International Arbitration Law Review.

  • Ojo Bukunmi Stephen

    Stephen Ojo is a final year law student at the University of Lagos in Nigeria (UNILAG) and was an oralist at the 26th Vis Moot Competition in Vienna, where his team won the Michael L. Sher award for spirit of the moot.
    Stephen also served as one of the two team coaches for team UNILAG for the 2019 LCA-YAN International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition which is held yearly at the Lagos Court of Arbitration in Nigeria.
    In September 2019, Stephen won the inaugural award for distinguished personality in the area of commercial law and dispute resolution given by the UNILAG Alternative Dispute Resolution Society for his contribution to the development of an international commercial arbitration scheme at the university.

  • Matthew Suen

    Matthew holds a LL.B. degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)(Dist.) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now pursuing his LL.M. (Civil and Commercial Law) at Peking University, Beijing. Matthew is a keen supporter of the Vis Moot and he is now serving as the Regional Representative for the Greater China Region of the Moot Alumni Association (MAA) and is part of MAA’s China Project team. Apart from these roles, he has also been coaching various Vis Moot teams in the Greater China Region.

  • Akshit Vohra

    Akshit Vohra is a graduate of Amity Law School, Delhi and a advocate based in New Delhi, India. His interests lie in the fields of contract law and dispute settlement, specifically domestic and international commercial arbitration. In 2017, his team qualified to the elimination rounds of the Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition – the first team to have achieved this recognition in the history of the Institute. Since then, he has represented his alma mater in various editions of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition as a researcher, speaker, and team coach.

  • Robert M. Warzel

    Rob Warzel is a Canadian-born lawyer in Phoenix, USA with Rusing, Lopez, & Lizardi. Rob is licensed to practice in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington state. He participated in the 24th Vis Moot, and was a Quarter-Finalist at the 15th Vis East Moot, where he received an Honourable Mention for Best Oralist. He is an assistant coach for the Arizona State University Vis team, and focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes and employment matters.