David Tebel, Founder and Director, Frankfurt

David TEBEL is the founder and Director of the Moot Academy, David works in the dispute resolution department of a magic circle law firm in Frankfurt, Germany. After finishing his law studies in Freiburg, Germany, he joined the chair of Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer. 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.


Nadja Harraschain, Pre-Moot Director, Frankfurt

Nadja HARRASCHAIN is a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer at the University of Basel (Switzerland). In her Ph.D. thesis, she examines the principle of res judicata in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a special focus on Swiss law and U.S. federal law. She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York. She also works part time as a research assistant for the dispute resolution department of a renowned international law firm in Frankfurt (Germany) and as a freelancer for a patent law firm.

In the past, Nadja has gained considerable work experience in international and German law. Nadja has given a lecture on economic law and internet law at the Administration and Economic Academy (VWA) Freiburg (Germany). As research assistant and intern, she has worked with several renowned international law firms in the field of dispute resolution and has worked for numerous years at the institute for intellectual property law in Freiburg, Germany.

Nadja studied law at Freiburg University, where she passed her First State Examination with honors. Throughout her studies, she particularly focused on private international law, the law of international arbitration, international sales law and German and European intellectual property law. Representing the University of Freiburg twice, once as team member and once as coach, Nadja has won several awards and honorable mentions in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. In addition, she has served as an arbitrator in the Vis Moot competition on various occasions. Nadja was also awarded a scholarship of the prestigious German National Academic Foundation.


Ilka Beimel, Remote Coaching Director, Freiburg

Ilka BEIMEL is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Basel under the supervision of Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer, focusing on independence and impartiality in international commercial arbitration. Before the Moot Academy has been relaunched Ilka was engaged with the SiLS Moot Academy since 2016.

Ilka has gained considerable experience in international commercial and investment arbitration. In 2018, Ilka was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in New York and worked as a research assistant for Prof. Bermann. Previously, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Basel for Prof. Schroeter and Prof. Schwenzer. Besides these academic experiences, Ilka worked as Tribunal Secretary in an arbitral proceeding under the LCIA Rules and as an intern at the Secretariat of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Ilka finished her law studies in 2015 at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt Freiburg, Germany. She has been involved in 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 their participation in the Vis Moot through the Moot Academy and wants their participation to be as fruitful as possible.


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