AUAF Law Students Triumph in National Vis Moot Competition
5 December 2016
On Friday, December 2, 2016, a team of AUAF law students prevailed in the National Vis Moot Competition, earning the honor to represent Afghanistan in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held March 2017 in Hong Kong.
The competition promotes the study of international commercial arbitration through the preparation and presentation of oral arguments by teams of students from universities across the world.
AUAF is the only Afghan university to have qualified for this major international moot court competition every single year since the competition opened to Afghanistan three years ago. Out of the 13 universities competing in this year’s national competition, AUAF was selected along with two other universities as Afghan delegates in the international rounds of the competition in Hong Kong.
Despite the recent terrorist attack on the institution and lack of access to campus and other resources, the AUAF Vis moot team has been resolute in preparations for the competition. This year’s team consists of six law students – Gharsanay Amin, Munira Aziz, Sadaf Baseer, Ameer Fahim, Niyaz Mohammad Nickkhah, Samiullah Sharifi – along with student coach Sirat Khalid Haidari.
AUAF’s success in the Vis moot competition has been unprecedented for Afghan universities competing in major international moot court competitions. Last year, the AUAF Vis moot team made history in both the regional and international rounds. The regional competition in Bahrain featured 13 teams from universities across 8 countries. AUAF turned in strong team and individual performances, placing 3rd overall with law student Fayez Sahak landing the Best Oralist Prize. In the international rounds in Hong Kong, out of the 115 universities competing in the competition, AUAF was among the top 36 teams advancing to the elimination rounds. Moreover, AUAF was among the top 4 teams reaching the semi-finals of the Pan-Asian Division. Law student Sirat Haidari earned the distinction of ranking 11th out of the 220 participating oralists. The Vis community and tournament organizers praised AUAF’s performance as “one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of the Vis moot”.
This year’s Vis moot team aims to continue the university’s tradition of success in international moot court competitions. The team has already commenced preparations for the upcoming regional and international competitions in Kuwait and Hong Kong respectively.
AUAF Team in the National Willem C. Vis Moot Competition, Kabul, Afghanistan
AUAF Team enjoy the sunshine during a break from the action.