This year, 16 teams competed for the 4 spots in the semifinals, with participants coming from the following countries:
Belarus, Belgium, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, UK, Ukraine & USA.
Each team submitted two memorandums (for Claimant and for Respondent), and each memorandum was judged by three lawyers on our 11-strong judge panel
. At each stage, the weakest score was dropped (the “regatta” rule).
This currently represents the most objective grading approach that we ever implemented since we started with the competition: from the composition of the judge panel that has lawyers from 9 different countries, so that the worldview of the panel is international at core:
Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Lithuania, Romania, UK & USA;
– to the rule that no judge can score more than 1 memorandum from the same team, so that every team is exposed to professional review by 6 different people throughout the event.
The results are amazing: this is the first year when we have not 1, but 2 ties for a place in the ladder, with teams in the middle of the ladder ranked as close as by 1 point of each other (a real example: 343, 342, 341, 340). At the same time, the difference between the strongest and the weakest teams exceeded 100 points – another record!
Now, these three teams have by now qualified for the semifinals and will attend the oral hearings on May 1 (in alphabetical order):