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The ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) is a student-organized competition designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures. ELSA is especially dedicated to enhance capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term.

 

ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) 

The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit organization run by and for students and young lawyers since 1981. The EMC2 is one of the flagship activities of ELSA since 2002.

The main aim of the Competition is to assist countries in developing their technical legal capacity by preparing the next generation of trade lawyers and negotiators. With technical support from the WTO, the Competition has grown to become the only global moot court competition on WTO Law.

Participants from around the world send in written submissions, for the complainant and respondent, in a fictitious case. After sending their submissions, all the teams are given the opportunity to present oral arguments in front of panels which consist of WTO and trade law experts. Winning teams from five Regional Rounds (two European Rounds; an Asia-Pacific Round; an All-American Round; and for the last three years, an African Round) compete against each other in the Final Oral Round held in Geneva, Switzerland at the WTO headquarters.

 

The African Regional Round of EMC2

The African Regional Round was held for the first time in 2013, and has since grown in terms of participation and support of universities in the region. The organizers welcome donations and other forms of support in order to encourage and sustain the active participation of universities in the region.

 

Who has participated?

In the first ever Africa Regional Round held in 2013, 7 teams from 6 different countries participated. In 2015, 8 teams from 5 countries participated: Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Two of these teams also included nationals from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2016, 10 teams competed from various African countries, including: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa.

How to get involved?

Your valued contribution will help ELSA International in supporting the participation of students in the region at the African Regional Round and the final Oral Round in Geneva in June. Donation instructions can be found at > emc2.elsa.org/partners/ (Please indicate African Round as donation purpose)

 

ICTSD as a sponsor

The goal of ICTSD is to advance sustainable development through trade-related policy making. ICTSD strives to ultimately strengthen developing countries’ legal capacity.

Since 2014, ICTSD has been providing institutional support to the African Round of EMC2 as a sponsor. ICTSD considers the Competition as one of the keys to having a pool of young talents in the field and in turn further the legal capacity in the region. 

 

 

Taking part in this competition opened my eyes to a whole new world with possibilities I had never even contemplated. The moot gave me insight into the world of WTO dispute resolution and actually got me interested in pursuing this as a career option. The moot fueled my desire to one day be among the few international trade law specialist lawyers in Africa.” 

Diana Rufaro Machingaidze, participant 2014/2015

 

The 2016-2017 Round

9 April – 13 April, 2017

Rhodes University, Grahamstown

EMC2, African Round > emc2.elsa.org 

 

The Hosting University

Rhodes University participated in the inaugural and second African Regional Rounds of the EMC2 with success. This participation has resulted in increased academia interest among students at the university, and incentivized students to enhance their capacities in this field through further study or relevant career path.  The Rhodes University Faculty of Law has decided to host the African Regional Round in 2017, having hosted the African Regional Round for the first time in 2016, in order to make its contribution toward this important capacity building initiative, which has already created enormous opportunities for learning and personal growth among our students.

 

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Room W, Centre William Rapard, ©WTO

 

The ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) is a student-organized competition designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures. ELSA is especially dedicated to enhance capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term.

 

ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) 

The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit organization run by and for students and young lawyers since 1981. The EMC2 is one of the flagship activities of ELSA since 2002.

The main aim of the Competition is to assist countries in developing their technical legal capacity by preparing the next generation of trade lawyers and negotiators. With technical support from the WTO, the Competition has grown to become the only global moot court competition on WTO Law.

Participants from around the world send in written submissions, for the complainant and respondent, in a fictitious case. After sending their submissions, all the teams are given the opportunity to present oral arguments in front of panels which consist of WTO and trade law experts. Winning teams from five Regional Rounds (two European Rounds; an Asia-Pacific Round; an All-American Round; and for the last two years, an African Round) compete against each other in the Final Oral Round held in Geneva, Switzerland at the WTO headquarters.

 

 

The African Regional Round of EMC2

The African Regional Round was held for the first time in 2013, and has since grown in terms of participation and support of universities in the region. The organizers welcome donations and other forms of support in order to encourage and sustain the active participation of universities in the region.

 

Who has participated?

In the first ever Africa Regional Round held in 2013, 7 teams from 6 different countries participated. In 2015, 8 teams from 5 countries participated: Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Two of these teams also included nationals from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

How to get involved?

 Your valued contribution will help ELSA International in supporting the participation of students in the region at the African Regional Round and the final Oral Round in Geneva in June. Donation instructions can be found at > emc2.elsa.org/partners/ (Please indicate African Round as donation purpose)

 

ICTSD as a sponsor

The goal of ICTSD is to advance sustainable development through trade-related policy making. ICTSD strives to ultimately strengthen developing countries’ legal capacity.

Since 2014, ICTSD has been providing institutional support to the African Round of EMC2 as a sponsor. ICTSD considers the Competition as one of the keys to having a pool of young talents in the field and in turn further the legal capacity in the region. 

 

Taking part in this competition opened my eyes to a whole new world with possibilities I had never even contemplated. The moot gave me insight into the world of WTO dispute resolution and actually got me interested in pursuing this as a career option. The moot fueled my desire to one day be among the few international trade law specialist lawyers in Africa.” 

Diana Rufaro Machingaidze, participant 2014/2015

 

The 2015-2016 Round

29 March – 1 April, 2016

Rhodes University, Grahamstown

EMC2, African Round > emc2.elsa.org 

 

The Hosting University

Rhodes University participated in the inaugural and second African Regional Rounds of the EMC2 with success. This participation has resulted in increased academia interest among students at the university, and incentivized students to enhance their capacities in this field through further study or relevant career path.  The Rhodes University Faculty of Law has decided to host the African Regional Round in 2016 in order to make its contribution toward this important capacity building initiative, which has already created enormous opportunities for learning and personal growth among our students.

 

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El Proyecto sobre el Desarrollo de Capacidades Legales

El Diálogo de Latinoamérica sobre la Gestión de Remedios Comerciales es una de las actividades organizadas por el Proyecto tripartita sobre el Desarrollo de Capacidades Legales del Centro Internacional para el Comercio y el Desarrollo Sostenible (ICTSD), la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) y el Centro de Asesoría Legal en Asuntos de la OMC (ACWL). El proyecto de tres años ha sido financiado por el gobierno de Finlandia.

Este Diálogo próximo a celebrarse del 2 al 4 de noviembre de 2015 en Santo Domingo, organizado en conjunto con el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (IDB) como socio regional y con el gobierno de la República Dominicana como socio local, pretende tratar la necesidad de fortalecer la capacidad de desarrollar a los Miembros regionales que hayan elegido utilizar medidas antidumping y compensatorias para aplicarlas de forma consistentes con la OMC. 

Unión de fortalezas

La sociedad tripartita, que se beneficia de las fuerzas particulares de cada una de las tres instituciones, ha sido financiada por el gobierno finlandés e incluirá una serie de talleres regionales y sectoriales que tendrán la intención de identificar y desarrollar las mejores prácticas de los países en desarrollo dentro de áreas altamente especializadas, como la solución de controversias de la OMC. Al atender el problema de la clasificación jurídica, el programa tripartita afronta el importante tema de la capacidad de los países en desarrollo para administrar sus intereses comerciales y, en última instancia, sus derechos de desarrollo e inquietudes.

Hasta ahora, las tres instituciones han organizado ocho actividades en conjunto. La primera tuvo lugar en Ginebra, en mayo de 2012, fue una iniciativa global y, por lo tanto, llevó el título de Diálogo Sur-Sur sobre la Gestión de Litigios Comerciales. A este le siguieron tres actividades regionales entre 2012 y 2015: el Diálogo Regional en India sobre la Gestión de Controversias Comerciales, celebrado en Nueva Delhi; el Diálogo Regional Latinoamericano sobre la Gestión de Controversias Comerciales, celebrado en Brasilia; y el Diálogo Africano sobre la Gestión de Preocupaciones Comerciales, celebrado en Ginebra. También se han organizado cuatro talleres sectoriales desde 2013: manejo de controversias comerciales y ambientales, celebrado en Beijing a finales de 2013; manejo de controversias ambientales, celebrado en Ginebra en los primeros meses de 2014; gestión de preocupaciones comerciales MSF, celebrado también en Ginebra, pero a finales de 2014; y el de gestión de preocupaciones comerciales OTC, en Ginebra, en marzo de 2015.

El enfoque tripartita que eligieron las instituciones es vital para asegurar el éxito de la iniciativa. Cada una de las tres instituciones posee su propia experiencia en el área de litigación comercial, capacidad legal nacional y leyes de la OMC. La combinación de experiencias es un paso esencial para asegurar que la asistencia técnica, sobre todo en las áreas críticas de comercio tomen un enfoque holístico y eficiente en recursos.

En este contexto, la OMC aportaría una visión institucional y de procedimientos, y el ACWL, su experiencia única para litigar, que se vería complementada con la base conocimientos específica del ICTSD sobre las realidades nacionales y no gubernamentales. 

 

 

The Legal Capacity Building Project
The Latin America Dialogue on Managing Trade Remedies is one of the events under the tripartite legal capacity building project of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL).  This three-year project is funded through a grant by the Government of Finland.
 

This Dialogue, on 2-4 November 2015 in Santo Domingo, held in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as a regional partner and with the Government of the Dominican Republic as a local partner, is intended to address the need to strengthen the capacity of developing Members in the region that have chosen to use anti-dumping and countervailing measures to do so in a WTO-consistent manner.

Combining Strengths

The tripartite partnership, which benefits from the unique strengths of the three institutions, is financed through a grant by Finland, and includes a series of regional and sectorial workshops that are aimed at identifying and developing best-practices of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement and other highly specialized areas. By addressing the issue of legal capacity, the tripartite programme touches upon a critical matter, i.e., the ability of developing countries to manage their trading interests and, ultimately, their development rights and concerns.

So far, the three institutions have jointly organized eight activities. The first one took place in Geneva in May 2012; it was a global initiative and was thus entitled South-South Dialogue on Managing Trade Litigation. This was followed by three regional events between 2012 and 2015 - India Regional Dialogue on Managing Trade Disputes, held in New Delhi; Latin America Regional Dialogue on Managing Trade Disputes, held in Brasilia; and Africa Dialogue on Managing Trade Concerns, held in Geneva. Four sectorial workshops have also been organized since 2013 - workshop on trade remedies, which was held in Beijing in late 2013; handling trade and environment disputes, which was held in Geneva in early 2014; managing SPS trade concerns, which was held in Geneva in late 2014; and managing TBT trade concerns, which was held in Geneva in March 2015.

The tripartite approach chosen by the institutions is critical for ensuring the success of the initiative. All three institutions have strong and unique expertise in the area of WTO law, trade litigation and domestic legal capacity. Combining the different expertise is thus an essential step in ensuring that technical assistance, especially in critical areas in trade, takes a holistic and resource efficient approach.

In this context, the WTO provides institutional and procedural perspectives, the ACWL offers its unmatched expertise in litigation, and ICTSD contributes its unique knowledge base on domestic and non-governmental realities.

 

 

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Trade concerns relating to TBT may be addressed by concerned countries through different fora. In the WTO, Members may raise these concerns in the TBT Committee or by formally initiating a dispute under the WTO dispute settlement system (DSM). The options are not mutually exclusive and Members may go for either or both options simultaneously or one after the other. During the last decade, approximately 6% of matters raised in the Committee eventually become the subject of a formal dispute under the dispute settlement mechanism.

Managing TBT trade disputes requires smart handling and utilization of domestic resources and managing a fruitful collaboration between different role players and stakeholders. At the outset, countries have to evaluate and consider which forum would best address the specific trade concerns, while taking into account factors such as litigation costs, predictability of the dispute settlement mechanism and other practical consideration. As with other disputes, governments need inputs from the relevant industry to assist in identifying and assessing trade barriers, as well as inputs from the TBT community to provide guidance on the scientific or economic bases of existing or impending disputes.

Relatively few developing countries have gained practical experience and technical expertise in resorting to the WTO TBT Committee or the WTO DSM to address trade concerns relating to TBT. With increasing worldwide focus on standards, regulations intended to address non-trade concerns, such as public health, animal welfare, consumer information through trade measures such as stipulating production process, outlook of products, and the forming of global value chain, it is crucial that developing countries keep abreast with the increasing complexity of TBT disputes.

Lack of legal capacity is one of major hurdles for developing countries that prevent them from actively and effectively protecting and promoting their trade interests for example, through WTO TBT Committee and the WTO DSM. Legal capacity means solid institutional structures that allow for effective inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder coordination, processes that support and regulate the involvement of industry, trade law expertise, and national legislation that allows for effective implementation.

Against this background, the workshop, as part of the tripartite programme of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) and the International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), aimed to draw upon the experiences of developing countries that have successfully overcome the challenges in managing TBT disputes and thus were able to share their experiences, identify best practices and provide guidance in the context of legal capacity building. 

Combining Strengths

The tripartite partnership, which benefits from the unique strengths of the three institutions, is financed through a grant by Finland, and includes a series of regional and sectorial workshops that are aimed at identifying and developing best-practices of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement and other highly specialized areas. By addressing the issue of legal capacity, the tripartite programme touches upon a critical matter, i.e., the ability of developing countries to manage their trading interests and, ultimately, their development rights and concerns.

So far, the three institutions have jointly organized seven activities. The first one took place in Geneva in May 2012; it was a global initiative and was thus entitled South-South Dialogue on Managing Trade Litigation. The participants shared their experiences in participating in the WTO dispute settlement process with the aim of identifying best practices in handling WTO disputes. The next steps followed between 2012 and 2014, respectively, with three regional dialogues, India Regional Dialogue on Managing Trade Disputes, held in New Delhi, Latin America Regional Dialogue on Managing Trade Disputes, held in Brasilia, Africa Dialogue on Managing Trade Concerns, held in Geneva. Three sectorial workshops have also been organised since 2013: a workshop on trade remedies which was held in Beijing in late 2013, one on handling trade and environment disputes, which was held in Geneva in early 2014 and another one on managing SPS trade concerns which was held in Geneva in late 2014.

The tripartite approach chosen by the institutions is critical for ensuring the success of the initiative. All three institutions have strong and unique expertise in the area of WTO law, trade litigation and domestic legal capacity.  Combining the different expertise is thus an essential step in ensuring that technical assistance, especially in critical areas in trade, takes a holistic and resource efficient approach.

In this context, the WTO would provide the institutional and procedural perspective, while the ACWL would offer its unmatched expertise in litigation, which would be complemented by ICTSD’s unique knowledge base on domestic and non-governmental realities.

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Preocupaciones comerciales relacionadas con MSF pueden ser tratadas por los países interesados a través de diferentes foros. En la OMC, los Miembros pueden plantear estas preocupaciones en el Comité MSF y abordar diferencias comerciales relacionadas con MSF a través del mecanismo de solución de diferencias (MSD). Aproximadamente el 6% de los asuntos planteados en el Comité eventualmente se convierten en objeto de una disputa formal bajo el mecanismo de solución de diferencias.

Observaciones Preliminares y Sesión II

Sesión III

Manejar las diferencias comerciales MSF requiere de un manejo y utilización inteligente de recursos nacionales y manejar una colaboración fructífera entre los diferentes actores y partes interesadas. Desde la fase previa al litigio a la fase de litigio, los países deben balancear las preocupaciones de riesgo MSF, las necesidades de industria nacionales, y el cumplimiento con las obligaciones comerciales al mismo tiempo. Al igual que con otras diferencias, los gobiernos necesitan aportaciones de la industria correspondiente para asistir en la identificación de barreras comerciales, así como aportaciones de la comunidad MSF para proporcionar orientación sobre las bases científicas o económicas de las diferencias existentes o inminentes.

Relativamente pocos países en desarrollo han adquirido experiencia práctica y pericia técnica en recurrir al MSD de la OCM para abordar preocupaciones relacionadas con cuestiones MSF. Con el aumento de interés mundial sobre estándares, reglamentos destinados a tratar temas de salud, y el constante aumento de volumen de comercio de alimentos y productos agrícolas, es crucial que los países en desarrollo se mantengan al día con la creciente complejidad de las diferencias comerciales MSF.

La falta de capacidad jurídica es uno de los obstáculos principales para los países en desarrollo, lo que les impide proteger y promover de manera activa y efectiva a sus intereses comerciales por medio del Comité MSF de la OMC y el MSD. Capacidad jurídica significa estructuras institucionales sólidas que permiten una efectiva coordinación intergubernamental y de múltiples interesados, procesos que apoyen y regulen la participación de la industria,  experiencia en derecho comercial, y legislación nacional que permita una implementación efectiva.

Este taller está dirigido básicamente a aumentar el nivel de capacidad jurídica de los países en desarrollo participantes, a través de un intercambio de ideas y experiencias relevantes.

Este evento es uno de varios bajo el programa tripartito de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC), el Centro de Asesoría Legal en Asuntos de la OMC (ACWL), y el Centro Internacional de Comercio y Desarrollo Sostenible (ICTSD), los cuales están orientados hacia el desarrollo de capacidades en áreas altamente técnicas  y especializadas.

 

Combinando Fortalezas

La asociación tripartita, la cual se beneficia de las fortalezas únicas de las tres instituciones, se financia a través de una subvención por parte de Finlandia, e incluye una serie de talleres regionales y sectoriales que están dirigidos a identificar y desarrollar mejores prácticas de los países en desarrollo en la solución de diferencias de la OMC y en otras áreas altamente especializadas.

Hasta el momento, las tres instituciones asociadas han organizado cinco actividades. El primer evento que comenzó el proyecto fue una iniciativa global llamada Diálogo Sur-Sur sobre el Manejo de Litigio Comercial que se llevó a cabo en Ginebra en Mayo de 2012. Los participantes compartieron sus experiencias en participar en el proceso de solución de diferencias de la OMC con el objetivo de identificar mejores prácticas en el manejo de diferencias de la OMC. A esto le siguió una serie de eventos regionales y sectoriales: Diálogo Regional de Asia sobre el Manejo de Diferencias Comerciales, que se llevó a cabo en Nueva Delhi en 2012; Taller sobre Remedios Comerciales que se celebró en Beijing en 2013; Diálogo Regional de América Latina sobre el Manejo de Diferencias Comerciales, llevada a cabo en Brasilia en 2013; un Taller sobre el Manejo de Diferencias Comerciales y Ambientales, que se celebró en Ginebra a principios de 2014 y Diálogo de África sobre el Manejo de Preocupaciones Comerciales en el otoño de 2014.

En este contexto, la OMC ofrece la perspectiva institucional y procedimental, el ACWL ofrece su experiencia inigualable en litigios, y el ICTSD hace pleno uso de su conocimiento único sobre realidades nacionales y no gubernamentales.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 8:45am

Almost two decades after the establishment of the WTO, developing countries have demonstrated increasing interest and participation in the WTO dispute settlement system. Trade-related issues have also been raised by developing WTO Members in meetings of the various WTO committees with a view to taking an important step towards addressing those concerns and perhaps avoiding a full-blown dispute settlement proceeding. Recourse to dispute settlement mechanisms outside the WTO, for example, in the various regional trade institutions, although not with the same frequency as that to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, could also not be ignored. 

It is essential, if not indispensable, for any country to succeed in identifying, raising and solving those trade concerns through various fora to have the requisite legal capacity in order to keep abreast with the increasing complexity of the trade field in general.

For most developing countries, lack of legal capacity is one of major hurdles in engaging in and fully benefiting from international trade regimes. Legal capacity means solid institutional structures that allow for effective inter-governmentaland multi-stakeholder coordination, processes that support and regulate the involvementof industry,trade law expertise,and national legislation that allows for effective implementation.

This workshop is ultimately aimed, at increasing the level of legal capacity of participating African countries, through a exchange of ideas and relevant experiences.

This event is one of several, under the tripartite programme of the WTO, ACWL and ICTSD, which are geared towards capacity building in highly technical and specialized areas.

Combining Strengths

The tripartite partnership, which benefits from the unique strengths of the three institutions, is financed through a grant by Finland, and includes a series of regional and sectoral workshops that are aimed at identifying and developing best-practices of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement and other highly specialized areas.

The three partner institutions have thus far jointly organized five activities. The first event which kickstarted the  project was a global initiative entitled South-South Dialogue on Managing Trade Litigation which was held in Geneva in May 2012The participants shared their experiences in participating in the WTO dispute settlement process with the aim of identifying best practices in handling WTO disputes. This was followed a series of regional and sectoral events: Asia Regional Dialogue on Managing Trade Disputes, which was held in New Delhi in 2012; Workshop on Trade Remedies which was held in Beijing in 2013; Latin America Regional Dialogue on Managing Trade Disputes, held in Brasilia in 2013; and  a Workshop on Handling Trade and Environment Disputes, which was held in Geneva in early 2014.

The tripartite partnership, which benefits from the unique strengths of the three institutions, is financed through a grant by Finland, and includes a series of regional and sectoral workshops that are aimed at identifying and developing best-practices of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement and other highly specialized areas.

 

In this context,the WTO provides the institutional and procedural 

perspective, ACWL offers its unmatched expertise in litigation, and ICTSD makes full use of its unique knowledge base on domestic and non-governmental realities.

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Monday, 29 September 2014 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 6:15pm