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No disputing the appeal of Shure conferencing credentials

No disputing the appeal of Shure conferencing credentials

No disputing the appeal of Shure conferencing credentials

Hong Kong:

Law students from around the world got a practical learning experience in international arbitration when they took part in the annual Vis East Moot from 14–21 March 2021. Conducted virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, the competition highlighted the critical role of technology in modern dispute resolution. The successful execution of the week-long event was made possible using Zoom, integrated with a combination of Shure AV conferencing and home office solutions.

The Vis East Moot ranks as one of the world’s biggest international mooting competitions. Designed as a tool for training future legal professionals in the crucial aspects of alternate dispute resolution, Vis East Moot follows the established Willem C. Vis Moot event in Vienna. Now in its 18th year, the Vis East Moot attracted interest and support from numerous international industry bodies for arbitration and law firms. Student teams from 149 universities around the globe competed online in a series of elimination rounds, arguing orally before an international tribunal of almost 280 professional arbitrators and competition judges.

The competition had run virtually in 2020. As such, the organisers had gained experience in setting up operations that would allow administrators in Hong Kong to effectively manage the 100+ Zoom sessions and event ceremonies. At the same time, they also had to ensure that all competitors and arbitrators could be heard equally throughout the ongoing sessions, regardless of where they were connecting from.

As a sponsoring audio partner, Shure played an important role. In addition to some general education on virtual meeting best practices, the 20 moderators who coordinated the Zoom calls were provided with Aonic 50 wireless noise cancelling headphones and Aonic 215 true wireless sound isolating earphones. This ensured an undisrupted and uniform audio experience while working alongside each other in the event’s command centre – a multi-purpose conference room at Hong Kong’s Justice Place.

Additionally, the organiser also wanted to retain the formal feel of the competition by livestreaming keynote speeches and ceremonies in a conventional presentation style. This was enabled with a Zoom-certified AV conferencing system provided by Shure. “AV conferencing technology that is certified to work together seamlessly can make a huge difference for organisations across all sectors that are adapting new models of operation,” commented Shure director of technology partnerships, Paul Gunia. “The success of the Vis East Moot 2021 using professional Shure audio solutions, integrated with our technology partners Zoom and Huddly, demonstrates how it remains possible to maintain effortless communication as in-person events are going virtual.”

Microflex wireless microphones system set up integrated an IntelliMix P300 processor with a direct driverless USB connection to a laptop streaming the Zoom session. The PoE IntelliMix P300 device provides echo cancellation, noise reduction, automatic mixing and automatic gain control. A Huddly IQ camera added the visual component for a consistent, high-quality streaming experience. As the conference room was repeatedly rearranged to accommodate the ongoing group calls and ceremonies, the portable, self-contained AV system enabled flexibility and efficient connectivity.

“For us, the silver lining to the Covid cloud is that our online format has allowed a record number of schools and arbitrators to participate in our Vis East experience, who normally wouldn’t have been able to travel to Hong Kong to join the in-person event,” explained Vis East Moot Foundation Limited director Louise Barrington. “The outdated practice of in-person hearings have often resulted in lengthy, complex and far too expensive cases. In a way, the Covid problem has become a catalyst for the change in alternate dispute resolution which was a long time coming. Virtual arbitration has become a reality, and with technology no longer a barrier, clients can get expert counsel from any place. We are thankful for the support of Shure, who provided us with the technology and best practice education that allowed us to embrace the new reality of virtual arbitration and give our participating students an opportunity to develop their skills in a global setting.”

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