The first edition of the International Contract Competition organized by FBE and the Warsaw Bar Association was won by a team from Turkey. The negotiations of international commercial contracts lasted three days.
The FBE International Contract Competition is an international competition for young lawyers from all over Europe. This year, the first edition of the competition organized by FBE (Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe) and the Warsaw Bar Association was held on 7–9 October 2016. Ten teams took part in the competition, from Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey. “This is another step in our efforts to make our trainee program more attractive for young lawyers and to enable them to develop their international professional skills,” said Włodzimierz Chróścik, dean of the Warsaw Bar Association.
According to attorney at law Mariusz Maciejewski, organizer of the competition for the Warsaw Bar Association, “It was a unique experience to observe how the participants from various legal systems, cultures, and models of legal education negotiate contracts under conditions similar to those occurring in real life. It was a highly educational experience for us.”
The discussions were interesting and hard-fought, and the participants battled as they would in real business negotiations. They also faced unexpected challenges such as negotiations via Skype—the team from Ankara did not fly to Warsaw but managed to take part in the competition by videoconference. The participants were well received, which bodes well for long-term cooperation in the future and for organizing further editions of the FBE International Contract Competition.
First place was won by Sezil Durmuş and Selim Arda Gűrata from Turkey (Istanbul Bar Association) and 2nd place by Bianca Denisa Racolta and Clara Andreea Bârsan from Romania (Cluj Bar Association), with a tie for 3rd place between Borja Llonin Blasco and Alba Llamosas Marques from Bilbao, Spain (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados del Señorio de Bizkaia) and another team representing the Istanbul Bar Association, Göktuğ Can Burul and Artemis Tosun. The Warsaw Bar Association was represented by Aleksandra Krzyżanowska and Karolina Hawryluk. Attorneys at law from Wrocław and advocates from Kraków also competed for Poland.
The grand prize for the winning team is financing of attendance at the FBE conference in Luxembourg on 13–15 October 2016 and a grant of EUR 500 to cover travel costs.