Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Team der Universität Heidelberg
Nicolas, born 11 July 1995 in Düsseldorf, grew up bilingual in the languages Bulgarian and German and completed the Abitur at the German School Sofia in 2014. He graduated top of his year and was awarded the Scheffelpreis for his performance in the examinations in the subject German. The very same year, Nicolas enrolled as a law student at Heidelberg University. Having already been involved in Model United Nations (MUN) during school, he pursued this interest in university and became one of the founding members of the Heidelberg Model United Nations Society. In this capacity he successfully participated in numerous MUN conferences and received an honourable mention award at the 2015 conferences in Cambridge as well as in Prague. Moreover, Nicolas is an editor for the Heidelberg Student Law Review and a student research assistant at Heidelberg University. Besides his law studies Nicolas actively engages in charitable work. He is a member of the Rotaract Club Heidelberg and serves as a voluntary interpreter for the Diakonisches Werk. Nicolas holds a scholarship of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Amelie, born 16 January 1996 in Munich, graduated as valedictorian at Nymphenburger School in 2014. She attended Haileybury College, UK for Year 9 and spent her 11th school year participating in the “Projekt Unitag für Hochbegabte” of the Ludwig Maximilian University sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry for Education. Being interested in intercultural exchange and for the purpose of gaining exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, Amelie took part in the “Global Young Leaders Conference China” in 2014. Subsequently, she volunteered for Law and Human Rights service in Córdoba, Argentina. Besides out-of-office fieldwork within disadvantaged communities her tasks included the collaboration with a local law clinic specialised in human rights violations. Additionally encouraged by internships at two multinational law firms in the area of M&A and Corporate Finance, Amelie commenced her law studies at Heidelberg University in 2015 and became a member of the Faculty Council of Law. The former choir soloist and jazz band lead singer is passionate for sports and works as a certified skiing instructor.
Niels Christopher Elsner
Niels, born 23 November 1994 in Hamburg, finished secondary school in 2013 at the Johanneum Lüneburg as valedictorian. He was awarded the Dr. Walter Zechlin Prize by the local Rotary Club honouring his school achievements in social sciences. After secondary school, Niels participated in a volunteer programme organised by Service Civil International and spent one year in the rural areas of Kolkata, India. Sponsored by the German government, Niels gave English lessons for children and administrated projects for a local NGO. Upon his return in 2014, Niels commenced his law studies at Heidelberg University. He engaged in the German department of Service Civil International and eventually became a member of the board in 2016. Moreover, Niels joined a Heidelberg debating society and successfully participated in numerous competitions. Following his interest in diplomacy, he took part in the 2016 MUN conference in Mannheim and received an honourable mention. Niels speaks German, English and French.
Cecilia De Micheli
Cecilia, born 20 December 1994 in Milan, is of Italian decent and grew up bilingually speaking both Italian and German as she attended the German School of Milan and spent one semester abroad in Hamburg. Upon her graduation in 2014, the Goethe-Institute in Milan honoured Cecilia’s exceptional achievements in the Abitur examinations in the subject German where she scored best of her year. Cecilia initially studied Political Science and Public Law at Heidelberg University. After one semester in this field, she discovered her passion for Law and thus specialised her course of studies. Being educated in playing the piano and singing, Cecilia has been engaged in the sphere of music since childhood. She successfully represented her school in the music competition Jugend musiziert several times on a national level in Germany. Moreover, Cecilia is interested in diplomacy and has participated in the 2013 MUN conference in Kiel. Apart from her native tongues Cecilia is fluent in French and English.