The goal of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.
Structure of the Moot
The business community’s marked preference for resolving international commercial disputes by arbitration is the reason this method of dispute resolution was selected as the clinical tool to train law students through two crucial phases: the writing of memorandums for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument based upon the memorandums — both settled by arbitral experts in the issues considered.
The forensic and written exercises require determining questions of contract — flowing from a transaction relating to the sale or purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and other uniform international commercial law — in the context of an arbitration of a dispute under specified Arbitration Rules. In the pairings of teams for each general round of the forensic and written exercises, every effort is made to have civil law schools argue against common law schools — so each may learn from approaches taken by persons trained in another legal culture. Similarly, the teams of arbitrators judging each round are from both common law and civil law backgrounds.
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Registration is accomplished by completion and submission of the registration form, which may be done at any time prior to the end of November. The Registration is confirmed by payment of the registration fee of Euro 400 (reduced fee for virtual Vis Moot). The registration fee must be paid until 15 January 2021 unless specific permission for later payment has been given by the Directors of the Moot. The registration starts with 15 September 2020. For team registration, click here
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Important Dates and Deadlines
The Problem is distributed on the second Friday in October. It is distributed by posting on the Moot web site. Registered teams that cannot access the web site are sent the problem and all subsequent correspondence by the fastest means of communication available. A memorandum supporting the position of the claimant is due in Vienna early in December. Each participating team is sent a copy of the memorandum for claimant of one of the other teams in the Moot. A memorandum for the respondent is prepared in response to the memorandum received and is due in Vienna in the end of January. The oral arguments take place in Vienna, beginning on Saturday a week prior to Easter and closing on Thursday of Easter week.
|9 October 2020||Distribution of the Problem|
|30 October 2020||Deadline for Requests for Clarification|
|27 November 2020||Closing date for Submission of Registration Form|
|10 December 2020||Memorandum for Claimant due|
|15 January 2021||Payment of Registration Fee due|
|28 January 2021||Memorandum for Respondent due|
|Friday, 26 March 2021||Official Welcome (virtual)|
|Saturday – Tuesday, 27 – 30 March 2021||General Rounds of Argument (virtual)|
|Wednesday – Thursday, 31 March – 1 April 2021||Elimination Rounds of Argument (virtual)|
|Thursday, 1 April 2021||Awards Ceremony (virtual)|
On the occasion of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot the following prizes will be awarded:
- Pieter Sanders Award – Best Memorandum for Claimant
- Werner Melis Award – Best Memorandum for Respondent
- Eric E. Bergsten Award – Team Orals
This award will be made to the winning team in the final round of the oral hearings.
- Martin Domke Award – Best Individual Oralists
This award for the general rounds will be won by the individual advocate with the highest average score during these rounds. To be eligible for this award a participant must have argued at least once for the claimant and once for the respondent.
- Michael L. Sher Award for the Spirit of the Willem C. Vis Moot
It can be awarded to a team or an individual student for its dedication and commitment to the Spirit of the Vis Moot. The Spirit of the Vis Moot has many facets. For example, unity in difficult situations, creativity and out of the box thinking or to overcome unexpected burdens or the fostering of relations across frontiers and traditional divides. The winner of the Michael L. Sher Award will be determined at the discretion of the Vis Moot Directors upon the suggestion of teams and arbitrators. A team or individual cannot suggest itself to the Directors of the Moot.