YEREVAN, Armenia – On March 18 and 19, the American University of Armenia (AUA) hosted the fifth annual Mock Arbitration, giving students a chance to acquire practical knowledge of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), to develop rhetorical skills, and to get advice from top professionals in the field. The competition was organized by the Mediation and Arbitration Clinic of the American University of Armenia LL.M. program, in association with ADR Partners Mediation and Arbitration Center, and was dedicated to commercial arbitration. The aim of the Mock Arbitration was to gather law students from different universities, as well as legal professionals from different institutions, and give them the opportunity to arbitrate a real case, and to give them skills that will be used in building justice mechanisms in Armenia.
This year, twelve teams from nine universities competed. The participating universities were the American University of Armenia (AUA), Yerevan State University (YSU) with two teams, Russian Armenian Slavonic University (RAU) with three teams, Vanadzor State University, Institute of Forensic Science and Psychology, Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (RA), Police Educational Complex of Armenia (RA), “Martig” University of International Economic Relations and International Scientific-Educational Center of the National Academy of Sciences.
Participating arbitrators included professionals of private international law, judges and professors from different universities of Armenia. In addition, representatives from the Financial Arbitration Center associated with the Union of Banks of Armenia and representatives from the Office of Financial Ombudsman of Armenia also participated.
The finalists were the teams from American University of Armenia and Yerevan State University. The first place prize went to one of the teams from YSU along with the award for the best written work. The best speaker was the member of American University of Armenia team Ani Alaverdyan.
AUA LL.M. program Mediation and Arbitration Clinic offers a unique opportunity for students (undergraduate, post graduate) from legal departments of all universities of Armenia to participate in this competition. It serves as a professional platform for participants who want to hone their legal skills in arbitration, and receive substantive recommendations from top professionals in the field of law and dispute resolution.