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Introduction

The SWUPL WTO Moot Court Competition is organized by Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), hosted annually by the School of International Law.

It is an academic simulation of WTO dispute resolution procedure, using English in the whole competition including the written round and oral round. The School of International Law attaches great importance to this competition and spares no efforts to run it.  

Participants in this competition will not only enrich their knowledge and deepen their understanding of WTO cases, but get precious guidance from practicing and academic professors with rich teaching, research and practical experiences as well. 

The First SWUPL WTO Moot Court Competition

The First SWUPL WTO Moot Court Competition opened in Academic Report Hall of SWUPL on November 25, 2011. Zhang Xiaojun, dean of School of International Law, associate professor Mu Xinhao, Duan Huiyan, counselor of postgraduates, and Kang Jing, counselor of undergraduates attended this competition. Three judges from Yubei District People’s Court were also invited to this competition. 

This competition was based on the WTO case of China — Measures Related to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials. Participants role-played as the Complainant and the Respondent, respectively representing U.S and China. The members of the panel were professor Wang Heng, Dr. Quan Xiaolian and Dr. Song Jiying. 

All the teachers and students who attended this competition were impressed by the excellent performance of the participants. In the end, just as Zhangxiaojun, dean of International Law School, said, it is the beginning of our way towards improving our students’ international competitiveness, all still has a long way to go.” 

The Second SWUPL WTO Moot Court Competition

After several rounds of preliminary contests, the final round of the Second SWUPL Moot Court Competition opened in Academic Report Hall of SWUPL on November 27, 2012. Judges of this competition were professor Wang Heng, Chen Yongmei and associate professor Quan Xiaolian.

This competition was based on a hypothetical WTO dispute case with the issues of whether certain measures accorded with Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Article 20 of GATT1994 (General Exception). 

In the end, the team consisting of three first-year postgraduates (Zhong Jing, Luo Xiao and Xu Xinyue) won the favor and acclaim of judges and got the championship.

Attending the WTO Moot Court Competition will be an unforgettable experience. It teaches students the significance of teamwork and improves their debating skills as well. 


 

 

 

 

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