3 September 2015, 8:00 pm – THE UST Civil Law Debate and Moot Team is set to
compete in a global competition after winning fifth place in the Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) Moot Asia Pacific Regionals held in Seoul, South Korea
last Aug. 18-21.

The UST team will be among 56 from universities
around the world that will compete in the FDI Moot Global Rounds on Oct.
29 to Nov. 1 at King’s College in London.

In the regional tilt, a total of 17 participating teams
from 16 universities across Asia and the Pacific were divided into four
brackets for the silent rounds, wherein the teams were asked to use
code names that prevented teams from knowing who they were
competing against.

After staging a 4-0 domination in the silent rounds,
UST advanced to the quarterfinals and finished with a 1-1 win-loss mark.

Tied with Seoul National University Team A in the final
rankings, UST ended up behind Universitas Pelita Harapan Faculty of Law –
Indonesia, which bagged first place; Yonsei Law School Korea at second
place; and Manila-based San Beda College of Law and Far Eastern
University Institute of Law at third place and fourth place, respectively.

The seven-member UST moot team, which is only on its second
year, includes senior law students Jesselie Sunga, Rex Cris Angeles, Marie
Sybil Tropicales and team president John Paul Fabella as the team’s

Second-year law students Katrina Grace Ongoco and Camille
Angelica Gonzales and fourth-year student Gloria Anastasia Lasam served
as researchers.

Tropicales, Angeles, Sunga and Fabella were included on the
list of the top 50 law advocates, placing 10th, 13th, 29th and 33rd

Last year, the UST moot team made it to the regional playoffs
and bagged an achievement award, but failed to qualify for the global

Initiated in 2006 by the Center for International Legal Studies
in Austria, the FDI moot competition aims to promote the growing interest
in investment arbitration among students in the region and provides an
opportunity to develop not only relevant professional skills in the field, but
also an international network of practitioners in investment

A moot competition involves simulated court proceedings,
the drafting of briefs (or memorials) and oral arguments. Alhex
Adrea M. Peralta


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