Hanscomb CEO sitting as International Arbitrator

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Cheltenham based construction and engineering expert witness firm,  Hanscomb Intercontinental are pleased to announce that their CEO Sean Gibbs is sitting as an international arbitrator again.

Sean will be sitting at the Vis East Moot (Hong Kong), the ICC Paris Pre Moot and Vis Moot (Vienna) in the next two weeks and has already sat as an arbitrator at the Middle East Vis Pre Moot, the Fox Williams Pre Moot and the Asian International Arbitration Centre Vis Pre Moot this year.

Sean has been sitting as an arbitrator since 2011 and has been supporting the global Vis Moots and Pre Vis Moots as an arbitrator since 2015.  Sean regularly appears before arbitral tribunals as a quantum expert for disputes on constriction, engineering and shipbuilding projects and is recognised as one of the world leading quantum experts and also sist as an arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute board member and expert determiner.

The Vis East moot will see 150 teams competing from and the Vis Moot will see 387 teams competing from over 80 jurisdictions.

The Willem C Vis East International Arbitration Moot (the Vis East Moot) is an international arbitration mooting competition, which is attended by more than 140 teams.  The Vis Moot began in Vienna in 1992-1993 and has expanded to approximately 300 competing law schools today. The Vis East Moot began in 2002-2003. The goals of the Vis East Moot and the original Vis Moot in Vienna are the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and the training of tomorrow’s legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution.

Because of the international business community’s marked preference for arbitration as the means for resolving trans-border commercial disputes, the Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in the crucial aspects of the procedure: research, analysis, drafting and advocacy. Student teams read and analyse the facts and evidence of a case, seek out the relevant legal texts, craft their legal arguments, draft memoranda for the claimant and respondent, and argue orally on the basis of those memoranda before an international tribunal of experts.

Each year, the problem involves consideration of the UNCITRAL Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and other commercial law, in the context of arbitration. The rules under which the arbitration is conducted change yearly.  The goal of the Vis East Moot is to share with the original Vis Moot in Vienna the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and to train tomorrow’s legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution.

Sean Gibbs said, “It’s a real honour to be able to give something back to the global law students. ”

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