CDRC Vienna

Georgia State Law to Compete in CDRC Vienna Competition

Georgia State University College of Law is one of 16 teams – and one of two U.S. universities – selected to compete in the international student competition for Consensual Dispute Resolution, the CDRC Vienna.

This is the first year for the competition, founded by the International Bar Association, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and the European Law Student’s Association. Teams from universities around the world will come together, July 1-4, in Vienna to negotiate a series of realistic legal problems based on the case used earlier this year at the 2015 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot involving a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries that are party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Shelby Grubbs, executive director of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, submitted the college’s application.

“Georgia State Law has strong mediation and negotiation programs and a growing strength in programs pertaining to international law and dispute resolution,” Grubbs said. “This new international mediation moot appears to be an excellent opportunity to deploy and develop our strengths and is but one of many ways we intend to engage with the global community.”

The team representing Georgia State Law includes team mediator Omenka Helen Uchendu (J.D./M.P.H. ’16) and negotiators David Pierce (J.D. ’17) Sasan Nemat (J.D./M.B.A. ’16) and Kori Eskridge (J.D. ’15).

“Our team has diverse backgrounds and experiences, which will make them strong competitors,” Grubbs said.

Uchendu is a court-certified mediator and is a published author of fiction and poetry, most notably in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Pierce is concentrating his studies in international corporate law and intellectual property, while working is a sales capacity for an international telecom infrastructure provider.

Prior to law school, Nemat co-founded a commercial real estate investment firm and is a court-certified neutral. Eskridge is interested in alternative dispute resolution, international commercial arbitration and comparative law and has participated in the Georgia State Law’s summer international dispute resolution intensive program in Linz, Austria.

Being selected from 40 applicants is an honor for Georgia State Law. Grubbs said participating in the competition will be valuable for the students, the college and the Atlanta community.

“In addition to enriching Georgia State Law’s academic program, the competition will allow students to network with others from around the world who share an interest in international dispute resolution,” he said. “Participation will raise our profile as a thought leader in the field, and it will accelerate Atlanta’s growth as a location for international dispute resolution including mediation.”

Over the next few months, the team will review relevant negotiation and mediation principles, practices and the applicable law. Members of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and local mediators will coach the team in practice rounds to help prepare them for the competition.

Other universities participating include:

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