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.


Executive Board

Sherlin Tung

President (outgoing)

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Isabela Deveza

President (incoming)

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Alicja Zielińska-Eisen

Vice President

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Navin Ahuja

Vice President

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Cristen Bauer


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Ipek Ince


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Vindobona Journal Team

Innhwa Kwon

Senior Editor-in-Chief of the VJ

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Derya Durlu Gurzumar


Aleksandar Milenkovic

Administrative Editor

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Oguzhan Samanci

Technical Editor

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Jae Hyuk Lee

Administrative Editor

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International Liasons Team

Benedetta Meloni

Chair of International Liaisons

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Ramalingam Vallinayagam

Vice Chair of International Liaisons

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Media Team

Christopher Campbell


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Carolina Kresch


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Nina Rasljanin


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Spyridon Batzios


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Mentor-Mentee Team

Evanthia Kasiora

Vice-Chair of the Mentor-Mentee Team

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Jalal Seyedabadi

Mentor-Mentee Team

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Anne Wang

Mentor-Mentee Team

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Conferences Team

Yashraj Samant

Chair of the Conferences Team

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Mısra Yalçın

Conferences Team

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Emily Feigel

Conferences Team

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Margarita Drobyshevskaya

Conferences Team

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Ivan Levy

Conferences Team

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Ignacio Tasende

Conferences Team

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Compliance Team

Maja Šutalo

Compliance Officer

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China Project Team

Matthew Suen

Co-Chair of the China Project

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Vera He

Co-Chair of the China Project

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Diversity Team

Shashi Dholandas


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Tess Bens


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Hana Shalbanava

Diversity Team Member

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Regional Representatives Team

Mariya Davis


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Yuri Leite


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Dmytro Galagan

Regional Representative

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Peace Adeleye


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Stephen Ojo


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Akshit Vohra


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Robert M. Warzel


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Victoria Aborisade


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Aina Hannisa

Regional Representative

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Pushkar Keshav


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Ahmed Durrani


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Johannes Wahnschaffe


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Oleksandr Zablottskyi


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Mwangi John Kiragu


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Social Committee

Cécile Ballorain


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Zach Li

Vice president

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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 International Litigation & Arbitration Team at Withersworldwide in Hong Kong. She is a specialist in cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, and multi-jurisdiction litigations. With over a decade of experience, Sherlin has advised clients in Asia, the Americas, and Europe on all phases and aspects of cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration). Sherlin is qualified as an attorney in California and New York (U.S.A.) and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. Sherlin herself is a mootie, competing with the University of San Diego School of Law and then coaching Stockholm University. In addition to her role in the MAA, she is the Deputy Director of the Vis East Moot Foundation.

  • 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.


  • Alicja Zielińska-Eisen

    Program Coordinator, International Dispute Resolution (IDR) LL.M. | Of Counsel, Queritius, Warsaw, Paris, Budapest

    Alicja Zielińska-Eisen, LL.M. is an Of Counsel with Queritius and an advocate (adwokat) admitted in Poland. She is combining her attorney practice with an academic career as Program Coordinator for the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) LL.M. at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

    Alicja is involved in numerous initiatives for legal professionals, including speaking engagements at seminars and conferences in Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna and Hong Kong, and lectures on arbitration and ADR subjects. She participated in the Vis Moot as a mootie, coach and arbitrator.

    Alicja graduated from University of Silesia (Poland) and holds an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Negotiation, Mediation and other ADR awarded by the Warsaw University, Centre for Dispute and Conflict Resolution.

  • Navin Ahuja

    Dr. Navin G. Ahuja earned his doctorate concentrating on guerrilla tactics in international commercial arbitration. He is a Visiting Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong and has delivered several lectures there. He is an editorial board member of the International Arbitration Law Review, an accredited tribunal secretary, an accredited general mediator and Co-Chair of the MAA Conferences Team. Navin has contributed to several publications on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and ADR. He co-coached his team to amongst other achievements, winning the best memorandum in Vis East, receiving Honourable Mentions in Vis East and Vis Vienna for the written memorandum and individual oralists, and ranking fourth out of 147 teams in Vis East.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Derya Durlu Gürzumar

    Mrs. Derya Durlu Gürzumar is an attorney-at-law registered to the Istanbul Bar Association, and is the current chair of the International Bar Association’s Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee.

    She holds LLB and LLM degrees from Bilkent University Faculty of Law, in Ankara, Turkey, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.

    Being an ardent Vis-mootie since 2007, Mrs. Durlu Gürzumar has been one of the few law students to receive two successive Honorable Mentions in the Martin Domke Best Oralist Award in the 16th and 17th Willem C. Vis Moot competitions.

    She has been coaching teams and arbitrating in many international and domestic arbitration competitions since 2010. Very recently, in 2021, Mrs. Durlu Gürzumar’s Vis moot team from Bilkent University became the highest-ranking Turkish university by reaching the semi-finals in the Vis East and the octo-finals in the Vis Moot.

  • Aleksandar

    Aleksandar is an administrative editor on the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration.  He is currently completing his penultimate year in his LLB degree at Deakin University. He also represented Deakin University in the 18th Annual Vis East Moot. Today, Aleksandar is assisting in legal research on the CISG and international and domestic trade issues and volunteers his time as the website administrator and editor with Africa in the Moot,  a global initiative assisting law students in Africa to compete in the Vis Moot. In his free time, Aleksandar enjoys reading and writing on various topics, including his experiences during the Vis Moot on Vis Moot Pillow Thoughts.

  • Oguzhan Samanci

    Oguzhan Samanci studied law at Humboldt University of Berlin and at King’s College London and graduated in March 2021. He currently divides his time between working as a research assistant to Professor Dr. Gerhard Wagner at Humboldt University of Berlin and as a research assistant in the dispute resolution practice of CMS’ Berlin office, focusing on international arbitration. Prior to his graduation, he gained practical experience working for the International Dispute Resolution LL.M. program at Humboldt University of Berlin, at two international law firms and at the German Parliament. Oguzhan participated in the 26th/16th Willem C. Vis (East) Moot. His team reached the quarter-finals in Hong Kong and he was awarded an honourable mention for his performance as an oralist. Furthermore, Oguzhan has been coaching the Humboldt University of Berlin Vis Moot team since July 2020. He joined the MAA core team in June 2021 and is the technical editor of the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration.

  • Jae Hyuk Lee

    Jae joined the 21-22 MAA Core Team as an Administrative Editor for the Vindobona Journal. Jae graduated from Vanderbilt University with BA degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and joined the Edinburgh Law School, the University of Edinburgh as an LL.M. in International Law student. He completed GDL and LPC programs at BPP Law School in the UK. After completing his internship at UNCITRAL, Jae graduated from Duke Law School in 2020. He recently passed the Washington D.C. Bar Exam.

    Jae started being involved in Vis when he started studying law in Edinburgh. After the 2016 Vis Moot, he has arbitrated at Vis Moot, White & Case London Pre-moot, LSE-LCIA Pre-moot, Edinburgh Pre-moot, and Fordham Pre-moot. He coached the Duke Law School team during the 2019-2020 season. Jae is currently working at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board INTERNATIONAL.

  • Benedetta Meloni

    Benedetta is a young professional in Dispute Resolution, currently working as in-house counsel at Tecnimont S.p.A. in Milan.

    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 DR 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.

  • Christopher Campbell

    Christopher (“Chris”) Campbell is an international commercial law specialist having worked on several continents both as external and in-house counsel. Chris represents the company in international commercial arbitration matters spanning the various Baker Hughes sectors around the globe.

    Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Chris litigated a number of matters, including Eminent Domain disputes in the state of South Carolina and also advised counsel for the Charleston Port Authority on matters related to trade law and international arbitration. Chris also served as the inaugural law clerk to the Honorable Jocelyn T. Newman of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina and has been appointed as an attorney-arbitrator for the South Carolina Judicial Department on Property Damage Liability Claims.

    Chris is the curator and host of his podcast, “Tales of the Tribunal”, which profiles the dynamic and interesting personalities working in international dispute resolution.

  • Carolina Kresch

    Carolina Kresch participated in the first Virtual Vis Moot in 2020, representing the Federal University of Santa Catarina, where she graduated from Law School, and since her participation on the moot, she became a coach of the team. Carolina currently works with arbitration in the dispute resolutions team of Padis Mattar Advogados, in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been a mentee in the Brazil Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (BRVYAP) Mentoring Program and represents the MAA at within the Media Team.

  • Nina Rasljanin

    Nina Rašljanin is an LLM candidate at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, specializing in international commercial law.

    Nina participated in the 28th Vis Moot and is now coaching the Belgrade team for the 29th Vis Moot competition. During her time as a mootie, she won an honorable mention for Martin Domke award for best individual oralist.
    She works as an associate in an international law firm, Schoenherr Attorneys at Law, in Belgrade.

  • Spyridon Batzios

    Spyridon is a dispute resolution Lawyer. He has acquired multidimensional working experience, as he has worked both in Germany and Greece as an intern and subsequently as an associate. He has handled major commercial litigations, mediations and arbitrations under a variety of laws and rules.

    Spyridon has been trained in different jurisdictions, since he holds an L.L.B from the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, an L.L.M in private international law from the Democritus University of Thrace, an L.L.M in German Law from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, while he is currently pursuing his third L.L.M at the Geneva Center for international Dispute Settlement (MIDS-CIDS) as a scholar. He has also attended specialized training courses across Europe (Athens, Paris, Rome, Munich, and the Hague) spanning a wide range of topics on private and public international law and arbitration.

    Spyridon is a moot court devotee since he regularly participates in moot court competitions as an arbitrator.

  • Evanthia Kasiora

    Evanthia Kasiora participated in the Vis Moot as a mootie and arbitrator. She has studied and worked in Greece and the UK, and is a Greek qualified lawyer. Evanthia is an Associate in the International Arbitration Practice of White & Case in Paris.

  • Jalal Seyedabadi

    Jalal Seyedabadi is a young arbitration counsel at Forsat MC, an Iranian boutique law firm mostly specialized in energy, construction and commercial law. Jalal is enrolled in University of Vienna LL.M program in European and International Business Law, and has his first law degree from Allameh Tabatabai University of Tehran. He has been engaged in several arbitration proceedings administered by ICC, SCIA, ACIC and SIAC, as counsel and advisor, in which the laws of England, France and Iran governed the substance. Jalal is a Vis Moot alumnus and has coached several teams from different countries in Vis, FDI and other arbitration-related moot competitions.

  • Anne Wang

    Anne Wang participated in the first Virtual Vis Moot in 2020, representing Stockholm University while on exchange. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and is admitted to practice in Australia. Anne is a Deputy Counsel at the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration in Hong Kong and previously worked as a tribunal secretary and solicitor in Sydney. She has been a mentee in the MAA Mentor-Mentee Programme and represented the MAA at the 73rd session of the UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement).

  • 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.

  • Mısra Yalçın

    Mısra Yalçın has recently completed her LLB at Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Law. She has participated in the 28th Vis Moot in Vienna and is currently coaching the team of Bahçeşehir University. At present, Mısra works at an arbitration specialized law firm in Istanbul. She is a member of the MAA Core Team, Conferences.

  • Emily Feigel

    Emily is a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant at the University of Münster, Germany, where she specializes in the fields of Private International Law and International Procedural Law. Emily participated in the 24th Vis Moot and coached the University of Münster’s team in the 26th Vis Moot.

  • Margarita Drobyshevskaya

    Margarita is a Russian qualified lawyer, currently based in Moscow. Margarita graduated from the Higher School of Economics (LL.B, 2019) and the Russian School of Private Law (LL.M, 2021). She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Margarita is working for the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration. She has experience in both domestic and international commercial arbitration as well as participates in organizing events or other projects currently undertaken by the institute. Margarita is a co-chair of the Young IMA Moot Court Committee and a coach of the Russian School of Private Law Vis Moot Team.

  • Ivan Levy

    Ivan Levy holds a J.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires Law School and an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. He was a member of the winning team of the global rounds of the Willem C. Vis moot in 2016. He is currently working in the field of investment arbitration at Morgan Lewis LLP in Frankfurt, Germany. He lectured at the University of Buenos Aires Law School in the field of international law and international arbitration and coached the university teams for the Foreign Direct Investment and Willem C. Vis moots.

  • Ignacio Tasende

    Ignacio Tasende is a Uruguayan and Spanish lawyer. He holds a postgraduate certificate in finance law from the University of Berkeley, California (USA) and a postgraduate diploma in International Contracts and Litigation from Universidad Austral (Argentina).
    He is part of the international arbitration department of FERRERE Abogados, working on disputes under ICC and ICSID rules in the areas of construction, oil & gas, port and energy.
    He completed an internship on international law with Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer.

  • 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.

  • Matthew Suen

    Matthew has received dual legal education in both Hong Kong SAR and Mainland of China. Matthew has developed, through practice, experiences in international (cross-border) commercial and investment arbitration and matters involving PRC (Mainland) Law. Before moving back to Hong Kong, Matthew has worked in an industry-leading team of international arbitration counsel at a Red Circle law firm in Beijing. He has also marshalled at the Supreme People’s Court and an Intermediate People’s Court in Shanghai. He now co-chairs MAA’s China Project Team.

  • Vera He

    Ms. Vera He (贺薇蓉) working for ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court) since 2019 as the Executive Assistant of ICC Arbitration and ADR in North Asia region with the focus on promoting ICC Dispute Resolution Services in Asia. She also is a registered Chinese lawyer admitted in 2019.

    Vera is a former mootie and continues to support the moot through coaching and organizing moot competitions. She was the Executive Director of Vis Pre-moot: Moot Shanghai 2021 and Moot Shanghai Special Edition 2020.

  • 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.

  • Tess Bens

    Tess Bens is a lecturer in private international law at Tilburg University. Prior to lecturing, she has worked as a Student Trainee at the Amsterdam office of NautaDutilh and as a Legal Assistant for the Arbitration Practice Group of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, also in Amsterdam. She regularly publishes on topics in the field of private international law, international commercial sales law and international arbitration.

    Tess participated in the 22nd Vis Moot for the Radboud University team. She stayed involved as an arbitrator in various Premoots during the subsequent years, as well as coached the Radboud University team during the 26th and 27th Vis Moot. She arbitrated during the preliminary rounds of the 28th Vis Moot.

  • Hana Shalbanava

    Hanna is an international lawyer qualified in Belarus. She is passionate about international arbitration and public international law. After gathering her first professional experience at leading national and international law firms, Hanna is currently pursuing the LL.M in European and International Law at the Europa-Institut, Saarland University.

    Hanna participated as a team member in 20th and 21st Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court. Since then, she participates in the competition and its pre-moots as a coach and arbitrator.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Victoria Aborisade

    Victoria Aborisade is a penultimate year law student at University of Ibadan, Nigeria and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.

    She was an oralist at the 28th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and currently serves the Vis Moot Alumni Association as a Regional Representative for Africa.

    Victoria is recognized as a 2021 Scholar of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation. In addition, she is the Head of Programs at Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, University of Ibadan.

  • Aina Hannisa

    Aina Hannisa is a Regional Representative of the Moot Alumni Association (MAA) and is currently based in Berlin. There she divides her time between working as Academic Coordinator for the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) LL.M. at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and as a Research Assistant in international arbitration at Greenberg Traurig.

    Aina was educated in Ireland and studied law at University College Cork, which included a year studying abroad at Université de Montréal, Canada. During her time at UCC she was a part of the Quercus Talented Students’ Scholarship Programme which enabled her to continue playing piano, violin, harpsichord and organ in parallel with her law studies. On graduating with a BCL Degree, she completed an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt University of Berlin.

    Aina participated in the Vis Moot in its 27th season in 2020, and has been coaching the Humboldt University team since July 2020.

  • Pushkar Keshavmurthy

    Pushkar is an advocate practicing commercial litigation and arbitration in Bangalore (India) and is also an accredited Commercial Mediator at the Bangalore International Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation Centre. At present, he’s a Fellow at the Global Policy Diplomacy and Sustainability (GPODS) organization.

    Having represented his university team as an oralist at the 26th Vis Vienna moot, Pushkar assists Vis teams to improve oral advocacy and volunteers as an arbitrator in the Vis Vienna, Vis East (Hong Kong), and several premoots.

  • Ahmed Durrani

    Ahmed is an arbitration Associate at Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners – a premier disputes firm in Doha, Qatar. He is experienced in all forms of commercial dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration. He has advised and represented clients at various stages of over 20 commercial and construction arbitrations, with an approximate total value around QAR 1 billion (US$ 275 million), including under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, QICCA and DIAC, and ad hoc arbitrations.

    Ahmed is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He currently serves as an Assistant Editor (MENA) of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and as a member of the Legislative Reforms Committee of CIICA, Pakistan. He is also the Editor of PakArbitrationLaw, Pakistan’s first online arbitration blog, and a steering committee member of Pakistan Very Young Arbitration Practitioners.

    Ahmed is a qualified barrister (NP) in England and an Advocate of the High Courts in Pakistan.

  • Christian Johannes Wahnschaffe

    Christian Johannes Wahnschaffe is a research assistant at the Chair for Foreign and International Law of Prof James Fowkes, LL.M., J.S.D. (Yale). In this capacity, he is Director of the Karina und Erich Schumann Centre for Advanced International Legal Studies at the University of Münster, Germany. After his graduation, he worked with an international law firm as a research assistant in Hamburg, Germany in 2018. Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate in law at the University of Münster. His published research focuses on commercial and investment arbitration as well as international sales law and contract law. He participated in the Vis in 2015 and coached the team of the University of Münster multiple times since then. He serves the MAA as a Regional Representative.

  • Oleksandr Zablottskyi

    Oleksandr Zablotskyi is a lawyer with 4+ years of diverse experience mostly related to energy law, dispute resolution and transactional matters. He is admitted to the Ukrainian Bar and holds L.LM. degrees in International and EU Law from Vilnius University and in International Commercial Arbitration Law from Stockholm University. Oleksandr is a longtime mooting enthusiast (Jessup, Vis Moot, International Humanitarian Moot) and is currently co-coaching the Kyiv National University Vis Moot Team. As an MAA Regional Representative he will contribute to the development of the organization, which both supports Vis Moot and successfully amplifies its effect as well as promotes and advances international arbitration and international trade law.

  • Mwangi John Kiragu

    Mwangi John Kiragu is currently a student at the Kenya School of Law for which he is preparing to take his bar exams. He also currently works as a Researcher at the Tax Appeals Tribunal in Kenya.  He is also currently an associate member at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

    Mwangi John Kiragu has previously served as a Graduate Assistant at the Strathmore Law School and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Strathmore Tax and Research Center (STRC) & Strathmore Dispute Resolution Center (SDRC).  He has also previously worked at Wamae & Allen Advocates as an intern and also as Student Research Assistant at Kenyatta University Law School Trade Lab. 

    In his student years, John served in a leadership capacity at the Strathmore Law Clinic and also worked as an intern at the Strathmore Extractives and Innovation Center (SEIC). He was also a seasoned mooter representing the School in the 27th Willem Vis Moot Competition, also in the ICRC Moot Competition that run in 2018. 

    Mwangi John Kiragu completed his Law degree at Strathmore Law School where he graduated as the best Male with a Frist Class Honors. He has also pursued numerous professional courses including Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

    His research current research interests include International Taxation Law, International Commercial Arbitration Law and Corporate Law & Trends.


    • 4th December 2020; Graduated with first-class Honors and as the best male student in 2016-2020.
    • 29th February 2020; Was part of the Strathmore Team that won the Inaugural East African Willem Vis Pre Moot Competition held at Strathmore Law School.
    • 2016-2019; Received three academic awards for being on the Dean’s List from his first year to his fourth year.
    • July 2018; Won second place in the Annual International Committee of Red Cross Moot Court Competition 2018.
    • 23rd February 2018; Won second place at the Strathmore Law Clinic Moot Court Competition 2018 held at Kamiti Prisons.
    • 2017 October; received an award from IKM Advocates during the C.B Madam Awards 2017 for being the overall best male student.
  • Cécile Ballorain

    My name is Cécile Ballorain, 23 years-old. I am the holder of an advanced LL.M. in International dispute settlement and arbitration for the university of Leiden as well as a Master’s degree in Private international Law and commercial law from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne. Passionate about arbitration and dispute settlement in general, I have had the chance across my studies to do several internships both within legal firms as well as local jurisdictions. I have also written several articles on trade law and law of the sea. Finally, I am a proud zoom mooter from the year 2020-2021, pleader on the merits. Loving everything moot related, I have decided to become a member of the MAA core team and am now part of the social committee in charge of organizing the social events happening during the Vis and East moot.

  • Zach Li

    Zach is a senior vice president at AlixPartners. Zach advises on valuation, economic loss and accounting issues, primarily in the context of litigation, arbitration and expert determinations. His range of experience includes investor-state disputes, post-acquisition disputes, shareholder disputes, valuation of businesses and loss of profit claims. Over his career, Zach has prepared reports for submission to Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and US courts, as well as to HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, ICSID, and UNCITRAL under their arbitration rules.