Renewing partnership with international Day of Crisis competition

13 Apr 2018

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We are pleased to announce that Simmons & Simmons has joined forces for the fifth consecutive year with the international "Day of Crisis" competition taking place from 13 to 14 April 2018 at the Université Paris Nanterre, France.

Created in 2012 by Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin, "Day of Crisis" is a public international law competition consisting of a series of written and oral tests. Six teams of students representing the most prestigious law universities in the world (King's College London for the United Kingdom, UNSW for Australia, Kazan Federal University for Russia, Freie Universität Berlin for Germany, UCL Louvain for Belgium and Université Paris Nanterre for France) will have 24 hours to compete with each other in a complex and realistic scenario and define a strategy to resolve a series of major international crises.

Bringing together some 30 students, the teams will be called upon to provide legal advice and counsel to various clients (state, company or individuals), draft legal or diplomatic documents, undertake negotiations on behalf of a client or develop diplomatic and judicial strategies.

The competition jury is composed of Éric Danon (Deputy Director of Political and Security Affairs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs France), François Alabrune (Director of Legal Affairs at Quai d'Orsay), Nicola Bonucci (Director of Legal Affairs at the OECD), Jean-Marc Thouvenin (Professor of Law at the University of Nanterre and Secretary-General of The Hague Academy of International Law), Anne-Laure Chaumette (HDR Lecturer in Public Law), partners Etienne Kowalski (Compliance) and Philippe Cavalieros (International Arbitration) in the Paris office of Simmons & Simmons.

The winning team and the most outstanding students will be announced at midday on Saturday 14 April. The student who excels most during the tests will be offered an internship at Simmons & Simmons, on their summer vacation scheme.

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