Ghent University students advance to final of international moot court in Paris

(17-05-2022) It was a close race. In the final of the international moot court in Paris on international private law, students Fien De Groote and Camille Desmet narrowly lost to the team from Ljubljana.

From 4 to 6 May, student teams from 24 universities gathered in Paris for the international 'Pax Moot Court'. This international moot court is focused on issues of private international law.


This year's case focused on an international loan agreement to finance Mr Smith's project to convert three of his flats in Paris into carbon-neutral multi-purpose office space for use by NGOs. Mr Smith took out a loan from the Singapore Investment Bank. The students had to plead before the International Commercial Court of Paris.


The students from Ghent University, Camille Desmet and Fien De Groote, made it through to the semi-finals on 6 May, where they faced the team from the University of Bologna. Then, in the Tribunal de Commerce de Paris, they faced the students of the University of Ljubljana in the final. As the three judges put it afterwards, 'it was a close call': Ljubljana won and Ghent came second.

Practice assistant and coach Valerie De Ruyck and the entire team of the Institute for Private International Law are particularly proud of Camille and Fien.

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