Renewing partnership with international Day of Crisis

05 Apr 2019

International law firm, Simmons & Simmons has joined forces for the seventh consecutive year with the international Day of Crisis. The competition, which takes place from 4th to 5th April 2019 will be held at the Université Paris Nanterre, France. Additionally, for the first time, the final negotiation will take place at the OECD headquarters in Paris

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, will have 24 hours to compete with each other in a complex and realistic scenario. They will also define a strategy to resolve a series of major international crises. The universities include: King's College London for the United Kingdom, UNSW for Australia, National Law University Odisha for India, Kazan Federal University for Russia, Freie Universität Berlin for Germany, UCL Louvain for Belgium, Roma Tre Universita for Italy, Université Paris Nanterre for France and for the first time, an American team with the Washington College of law. Bringing together more than 50 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), Elie Jarmache (project manager, French Sea administration) 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 5 April. The student who excels most during the tests will be offered an internship at Simmons & Simmons, on their summer vacation scheme. 

Etienne Kowalski and Philippe Cavalieros, partners at Simmons & Simmons France, said:
“We are thrilled to once more support this top tier contest in which the level, talent and professionalism of the students increases every year. The various challenges ahead of them are a unique opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of their capacity, potential and ingenuity solving a crisis. We look forward to seeing how the students are going to react and what strategies they will implement.”

Jean-Marc Thouvenin, Professor of Law at the University of Nanterre and founder of the contest added: “The various challenges encountered during Day of Crisis urge the students to use their academic knowledge, negotiations, oral, writing and communication skills under pressure. It’s a great exercise, enabling students face situations they may encounter in their professional life. Any resemblance to previous or coming situation is of course purely coincidental.”

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