It is with great pleasure the Royal Institute of Colombo announces the recent success of its mooting team, at the 10th edition of the Middle East Willem C. International Commercial Arbitration Vis Pre-Moot which was also the first ever Middle East eVis Pre-Moot Programme, held from 10th to 14th of March 2020.
The Team Royal Institute of Colombo comprising of Daariya Azim, Dylan Wijesuriya, Kefra Fernando and Thiranya Abeyaratne emerged Champions of the 10th Middle East eVis Pre-Moot. The Team faced various elite law schools across the world in their practice rounds as well as in the general rounds and broke into the Quarter Finals in which the Team was matched against University of Mostar in Bosnia And Herzegovina. In the Semifinals, the RIC Team competed against the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, and the Finals against the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Not only the Team were the Champions of the 10th Middle East eVis Moot, but they also won the Runners-up for the Best Respondents Memorandum and Thiranya Abeyaratne was awarded an honourable mention as an Oralist for Respondent. The Team worked tirelessly for 8 months since securing the position of Runners-up in the national rounds of Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, to represent Sri Lanka in Bahrain, Germany and Vienna in March/April 2020. Unfortunately, this year, due to the global health crisis and the precautionary measures adopted by governments across the region to restrict travel and movement of people, the 10th edition of the Middle East Vis Pre-Moot to be held in Bahrain was converted into an online forum.
The Team was coached by Catalina Bizic who also coached the 2019 Vienna Vis-Moot winning team and Sulaiman Rameez, Head of Sri Lanka Vis Alumni along with 4 student coaches Iranthi Walgama, Harish Balakrishnan and Minul Muhandiramge who represented RIC in the 2019 Vis- East Moot, Hong Kong and were placed Runners up in the 9th Middle East Vis Pre-Moot and Vineshka Mendis from the University of Colombo whose Team won the 9th Middle East Vis Pre-Moot.
The Team was facilitated by the Commercial Law Development Programme (CLDP) of the United States Department of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Vis Alumni. They organized series training sessions on arbitration and in preparation for their participation in the Vis Moot.