The UvA team
A succesful collaboration between the university and international law firms
Success of the UvA Team
Although the UvA has only participated in the moot court since 2008, it has quickly gained a reputation as an excellent and social team in those years. For example, Karmijn Krooshof was award the best oralist award in 2016, and the entire 2015/2016 team turned out to be the best-performing team of all in the general rounds. In 2014, the UvA team was runner-up in the finals of the elimination rounds in Hong Kong, and won the pre-moot organized by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In the same year, the team obtained the Joseph Schwartz award, awarded to the team that combines excellence in the moot with a great performance during the social events. You can find more about the results and experiences of previous teams here.
In the UvA team, every participant is assigned with an individual coach. Moreover, there are frequent meetings between the team and the coaches to discuss what arguments to make and how to make them (sound) more convincing.
The coaches have all participated in previous moot court teams, and have served as arbitrators during the final rounds in Vienna or Hong Kong. The fact that they are all practicing lawyers is unique for the UvA team. Rather than the academic perspective that you have learnt for years, you will know learn how to think, write and argue as a lawyer.
Coach and founder of the UvA team
Onno has set up the UvA team after he successfully participated in the team for the Humboldt University in Berlin. Apart from being a practicing lawyer at AMS Advocaten, he teaches the course ‘international commercial arbitration’ at the UvA.
Tijmen Klein Bronsvoort
Tijmen is a civil law notary at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, and teaches a course in international commercial arbitration at the UvA. He is a graduate of Columbia University.
Mick Gerrits is a lawyer in the arbitration practice of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. He is a graduate of the UvA and spent a semester at Fordham University.
Juliette is an associate at NautaDutilh. She participated in the UvA team of 2014. Afterwards, she finished her degree at the University of Amsterdam and spent a semester at the University of Toronto.
Matthew is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the University of Amsterdam. Being admitted to practice law in Australia, he is now an associate in the arbitration practice of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
Jorian is an associate in the dispute resolution practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, and spent a semester at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Jorian has taught an introductory course in international law at the UvA, and has interned at the ICC in Paris.
Tanja is an associate in the arbitration and litigation practice of NautaDutilh. She joined the UvA Moot Court team in 2013-2014, where she was a finalist in the Vis Moot East . She studied at the Universities of Groningen and Amsterdam and spent a semester abroad at the National University of Ireland.
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