Thammasat University Law Students Representing Thailand in the Asian World Trade Organization Moot Court Competition 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Thammasat University team comprised of 5 well-equipped students from sophomore to senior year in both Thai and International LL.B. Programs (Ms. Ticha Ungboriboonpisal, Ms. Nantanat Thawilanusorn, Ms. Hathaiwan Manucharoenporn, Ms. Rungpetch Panpet and Mr. Piyawat Sungsilpachai) and 1 well-versed coach (Professor Dr. Jaruprapa Rakpong) represented Thammasat University in the Asian World Trade Organization Moot Court Competition 2017 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The competition was organized by Seoul National University in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The theme of the competition revolved around the WTO laws in relation to the contemporary issues of carbon emissions, climate change and trade liberalization. Competing teams were assigned to represent two hypothetical states before the WTO panel for their dispute settlement.
Of all 35 participating teams across 9 regions in Asia, only 16 of them were selected to attend the oral rounds in Seoul based on the quality of their written memorials. Undoubtedly, Thammasat University team was selected as one of the 16 teams to be presenting their oral pleadings.
On 19th of August, the day of the competition, Seoul National University was full of the brightest young minds of 16 teams across Asia, who gathered and fought zealously in the arena witnessed by honorable judges, which consisted of renowned WTO appellate members and law professors.
Before advancing to the final round, Thammasat University team, pleading on behalf of both the claimant and respondent, competed against Yonsei University (South Korea), College of Law NTU (Taiwan), China University of Political Science and Law (China) and National University of Singapore (Singapore). With their extremely spectacular performances, Thammasat University team advanced to the final round to compete against Seoul National University (South Korea).
With considerable effort, Thammasat University team was ranked the first runner-up of the competition. Moreover, one of the team's orators (Ms. Nantanat Thawilanusorn) was awarded the best orator in the final round.
This tremendous achievement of Thammasat University team marks history of Thailand team in joining the first Asian World Trade Organization Moot Court Competition.