David TEBEL is the founder and Director of the Moot Academy. He is a partner in an international dispute resolution boutique based in Frankfurt, Germany, which he co-founded after spending several years in the dispute resolution team of a magic circle law firm. After finishing his law studies in Freiburg, Germany, he joined the chair of Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer to work on his Ph.D. thesis focussing on international sales law. When Professor Schwenzer founded SiLS, the Swiss International Law School, David joined in early on and realised his longtime idea of the Moot Academy.
David has been involved with the Willem C. Vis Moot for more than a decade. He participated for the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and coached teams from Freiburg and Basel. Altogether his teams and he won six out of the eight awards in the Willem C. Vis and Willem C. Vis East Moots (and got first and second runner up in the remaining two). David wants to share the skills and knowledge he acquired in these years as participant, coach, arbitrator, academic and lawyer with current moot participants in the Moot Academy.
Ilka BEIMEL is a law clerk in Düsseldorf, Germany. Before the Moot Academy was relaunched Ilka has been engaged with the SiLS Moot Academy since 2016.
Ilka has considerable experience in international commercial and investment arbitration. She wrote her Ph.D. thesis on independence and impartiality in international commercial arbitration at the University of Basel under the supervision of Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer. While pursuing her Ph.D. thesis, Ilka was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in New York, conducting research on international investment arbitration, and worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Basel, focusing on international commercial arbitration and international sales law. Besides these academic experiences, Ilka gained practical experiences as research assistant in several renowned international law firms, worked as Tribunal Secretary, and interned for the Secretariat of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris.
Ilka finished her law studies in 2015 at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. She has been involved with the Willem C. Vis (East) Moot Court since 2010 as participant, coach and arbitrator. As a participant and coach Ilka won several awards and honorable mentions. Her participation in the Willem C. Vis (East) Moot Court paved her way to international arbitration. She enjoys supporting other teams in the Vis Moot through the Moot Academy in order to make their participation as fruitful as possible.
Laura KORN is a student of law at the University in Freiburg, Germany, and is currently preparing for her First State Examination. In 2017/2018, Laura participated in the 25th Willem C. Vis Moot and the 15th Vis East Moot for the University of Freiburg. Her team received awards and honourable mentions in seven out of eight categories in both Hong Kong and Vienna. In Vienna, Laura was also named the first runner-up for the award for Best Individual Oralist.
Laura’s enthusiasm for the Moot has also led her to coach a team of students participating in the 27th Willem C. Vis Moot at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where she spent the academic year of 2019/2020. Laura also completed several internship programmes working in the Dispute Resolution departments of two major law firms in Frankfurt, Germany. She is also very keen to support new teams seeking to participate in the Vis Moot by helping them with their preparation through the Moot Academy.
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