Vis Moot team from Georgia coached by Denton’s lawyer awarded “Spirit of the Moot”





Lela Basilaia, associate of Dentons’ Tbilisi office, coached the Vis Moot team from New Vision University in Georgia. The team participated in the AIAC APAC Pre-Moot in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from March 6-8th and was the only team from Georgia. They competed against 150 teams and performed exceptionally well, securing a spot in the top 8. The team was awarded the “Spirit of the Moot” award for their outstanding performance and commitment to inclusiveness and fairness during the competition.

When asked about the achievement, Lela Basilaia stated: “Our team secured its place among 8 best teams out of 150 participants at AIAC-APAC Vis Pre-Moot and was honored to receive a special award – “Spirit of the Moot”. I could not be prouder of my team for this wonderful achievement. Now we are working hard to show our “Spirit of the Moot” in the final round in Vienna.”

Her first steps as a coach were at the 13th Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot organized by CLDP Georgia and Arbitration Initiative Georgia (AIG), where Dentons Georgia sponsored the event.

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, or Vis Moot, is an international moot competition. Since 1994, it has been held annually in Vienna, Austria, attracting more than 300 law schools globally and spurring the creation of more than 20 pre-moots each year before the actual rounds are held in Vienna. It is the largest arbitration moot competition, and second-largest moot overall, in the world; considered a grand slam or major moot.

The Asian International Arbitration Centre (“AIAC”), orchestrating brilliance since 2017 through its iconic AIAC Pre-Moot, has hosted some of the biggest regional events in conjunction with the Vis Moot. Conducted within the hearing rooms at Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, the AIAC Pre-Moot has established itself as a redefining spectacle of excellence.

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