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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Chairs/Co-Chairs

Cristen Bauer

Chair of the MAA Mentor-Mentee Program

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Gustavo Becker

Chair of the MAA Media Team

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Mariya Davis

Co-Chair of the MAA Regional Representatives

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Dmytro Galagan

Chair of International
Liaisons

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Innhwa Kwon

Senior Editor-in-Chief of the
VJ

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Yuri Leite

Co-Chair of the Regional Representatives

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Core Team

Ana Coimbra Trigo

Vienna Conferences Team

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Antoinette Narciso

VJ Technical Editor

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Areej Bahashwan

Mentor-Mentee Programme

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Benedetta Meloni

International Liaisons

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Christopher Campbell

Vienna Conferences Team

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Divyesh Doshi

Regional Representative

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Emma Genovese

 VJ Administrative Editor

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Ipek Ince

Vice-Chair of the MAA Media Team

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Jane-Frances Ego-Osuala

Mentor-Mentee Programme

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Julia Richter

Compliance Officer

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Karim Zein

Regional Representative

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Laureline Decottingnies

Regional Representative

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Ojo Bukunmi Stephen

Regional Representative

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Velislava Hristova

Compliance Team

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Navin Ahuja

Regional Representative

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Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira

VJ Editor-in-Chief

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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 is a lawyer working with Pinsent Masons in Sydney as part of the Risk Advisory Services team, focusing on Construction Law disputes.

    Isabela graduated with law degrees from both Brazil and Australia, being qualified to practice law in Australia.

    She has participated in the Vis Moot both as an oral advocate for the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC/SP) in Vienna and Hong Kong and as a Coach for the same University in 2016. Isabela has co-coached the University of New South Wales team that placed among the top 8 teams in Vienna in 2019. Isabela has further pursued her studies in arbitration at the University of Miami under Professor Jan Paulsson and Professor Claudio Finkelstein, and at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

  • Sabine Neuhaus

    Sabine Neuhaus, MLaw (summa cum laude), LL.M. (Hong Kong; with distinction), is admitted to the Swiss bar. She is an associate with Kellerhals Carrard based in Shanghai and 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.

  • 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. / Paris.

  • 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.

  • Mariya Davis

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

  • Dmytro Galagam

    Dmytro is an articling student in the Vancouver office of Lawson Lundell LLP. He graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Faculty of Law and received his LL.M. degrees from 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.

  • 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.

  • Yuri Leite

    Yuri is a lawyer admitted in Brazil who first joined PUC-SP Vis Moot team in 2013. He has since devoted his practice to international disputes, having studied and worked in Brazil, the U.S.A., France and the UK. He has gone to Vienna and Hong Kong with his teams from PUC-SP and the University of Versailles, amassing 10 participations in varying mooting competitions as a Mootie, coach and arbitrator between 2014 and 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Areej A. Bahashwan

    Dynamic and highly motivated professional based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, works at a leading national company specialized in real estate. Areej was part of the first and only Saudi/GCC team to qualify to the round of 64 in the 26th Vis Moot.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Divyesh Doshi

    Divyesh Doshi is a student of Government Law College Mumbai, India. He participated in the 26th Vis Moot and is a part of MAA’s Regional Representative Group.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Julia Richter

    Julia Richter participated in the Vis Moot as a student and is now coaching the team for the University of Hamburg, Germany. She works in litigation and arbitration at Latham & Watkins and teaches courses at the University.

  • Karim Zein

    Karim holds an LL.B in French and Lebanese Business law from Université Saint-Joseph (Lebanon) and a Master’s degree in International Business Law from Université Panthéon-Assas (France). He participated in the Vis Moot twice and currently works in the international arbitration department of Quinn Emanuel, Paris.

  • Laureline Decottingnies

    Former participant of the Vis and arbitrator. She specialized in international business law (LL.Mat Aix-Marseille University and Law certificate at Universität Hamburg) and IP and ICT law (LL.M at Strasbourg University). Combining her two interests she will start a PhD on international online dispute resolution.

  • Ojo Bukunmi Stephen

    He was the lead counsel for the team that won the 2018 Lagos Court of Arbitration International Commercial Arbitration competition and was an oralist representing University of Lagos at the 2019 Vis Moot, where the team won the Michael L. Sher award.

  • Velislava Hristova

    Velislava Hristova is a Bulgarian qualified lawyer specialising in International Arbitration. She has more than three years of post-qualification experience working in law firms in Bulgaria, Sweden and Austria. Velislava holds an LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law (ICAL) from Stockholm University.

  • 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.

  • 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.