The Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Introduction

Details for the 25th Vis Moot have now been announced and information about the moot is available below.

There will be an introductory session for those interested in joining the team at 6pm on 21 September 2017 in Room LG.06 of the David Hume Tower.

An application form for this year’s team is also available on the 2017/2018 Edinburgh team page.

Dates have also been set for the 7th Edinburgh Vis Pre-Moot and we are interested in hearing from any interested coaches or arbitrators.

The 25th Vis Moot

The Willem C Vis Moot, now in its 25th year, is an International Commercial Arbitration Moot taking place annually in Vienna. The Moot is an extremely popular and well established event amongst the international arbitration community. Universities from all over the world compete at this event and there are usually close to 300 teams represented in Vienna. Only a few universities from the United Kingdom compete each year and Edinburgh Law School is proud to be one of them.

The Vis Moot is a hub of social activity with numerous social events including tours of Vienna, goulash dinners, welcome receptions and parties being organised every year by the moot organisers and the moot alumni association. As well as the active social calendar there is also a programme of lectures, seminars and networking events for moot participants, coaches, academics and members of the Vis Moot community during the week. The competition itself takes place over 4 to 5 days typically from the Saturday of the week before Easter until the Thursday of the following week.

Each year the moot organisers develop a problem scenario involving an international sale transaction to which the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods (1980) is applicable and which is subject to international commercial arbitration under the rules of a particular arbitration organisation. Each year a different organisation provides its arbitration rules.

Each year’s problem can, therefore, be expected to provide new and interesting questions both procedural and substantive. The full problem will be available at the Vis Moot website from early October 2017.

As part of its team’s preparation Edinburgh Law School organises a Pre-Moot competition for students to practice and obtain practitioner feedback. The 7th Annual Edinburgh International Willem Vis Pre-Moot is to be held over the weekend of 25 and 26 February 2018. Please see the Edinburgh Pre-Moot page for further information.

Schedule for 25th Vis Moot in Vienna:

Friday, 6 October 2017 Distribution of the Problem
Thursday, 26 October 2017 Deadline for Requests for Clarification
Thursday, 30 November 2017 Closing date for Submission of Registration Form
Thursday, 7 December 2017 Memorandum for Claimant due
Friday, 8 December 2017 Payment of Registration Fee due
Thursday, 18 January 2018 Memorandum for Respondent due
Thursday, 22 March 2018 Moot Alumni Association Welcoming Party
Friday, 23 March 2016 Official Welcome and Reception
Saturday – Tuesday, 24 – 27 March 2018 General Rounds of Argument
Tuesday evening – Wednesday – Thursday, 27 March – 29 March 2018 Elimination Rounds of Argument
Thursday, 29 March 2018 Awards Banquet

Header photo by: Cristoph Juergens

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