BAHRAIN — For the 5th time in a row, the Dar Al-Hekma University was crowned the best law team in the Middle East as it won the 8th Annual Middle East Vis International Commercial Arbitration Pre Moot’s ‘Regional Champion Award’, recently. The award cements Dar Al-Hekma's position as the best law school in the Middle East once again.
Not only did the Dar Al-Hekma University law team win the overall competition, they won a further 3 out of 5 awards. The team was awarded ‘Best Claimant Memorandum’, ‘Best Respondent Memorandum’ and student Bashayer Binyamin was awarded the ‘MENA Chambers Award’. This award recognizes one promising young lawyer of the future, from all the participating countries, who showed exceptional talent, character and flair.
The Dar Al-Hekma team consisted of students Dana Al-Aqeel, Ragad Al-Faraidy, Yara Al-Sayegh, Bashayer Binyamin, Rana Mudarris and Hadeel Tayeb. They were coached by Duaa Amer and Wid Massoud supported by alumnae Jude Jamjoom and Dara Sahab. The team's faculty advisor for the competition was Sairah Narmah-Alqasim.
Dr. Suhair Al Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, expressed her happiness and proudness of such an amazing achievement. She said: “I am delighted that the hard work put in by faculty members and students of our law team has resulted in winning this important competition for the 5th year in a row. It's amazing to see just how far we have come as a university and hopefully this will continue in the following years”.
She noted that Dar Al Hekma is proud to win this award for Saudi Arabia.
The all-female Dar Al-Hekma team was the only team from the Kingdom. The team competed against 17 others from 11 different countries. The participating countries this year were; the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan and Iran. The five-day competition began at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain on Feb. 19.
The Annual Middle East Vis International Arbitration Pre Moot is an International Commercial Arbitration competition organized and supported by amongst others; the United Nations (UNCITRAL), CLDP (Commercial Law Development Program) part of the United States Department of Commerce, USAID (United States Agency for International Development), the United States Department of State, MENA Chambers, CILE (Center of International Legal Education, University of Pittsburg), BCDR-AAA (Bahrain Chamber of Commerce) and Wolters Kluwer.
The competition is a preparation for the 25th Willem C.Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna Austria next month. The competition involves legal analysis and strategy as well as oral advocacy, where students prepare and present a case as if they were qualified lawyers and practitioners in the area of International Commercial Arbitration.