The Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot


Details for the 25th Vis Moot have now been announced and information about the moot is available below. Enquiries about joining the 2017/2018 Edinburgh team are also welcome.

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 2016/17 running for its 25th year, is an International Commercial Arbitration Moot taking place annually in Vienna and 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, although only a few Universities from the United Kingdom and Scotland compete each year, Edinburgh Law School being one of them. The competition also has a sister moot, the Vis Moot (East) which is held in Hong Kong.

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 both mooties, coaches, academics and general vis moot fanatics during the week. The competition itself takes place for approximately 4 or 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 (

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 tab dedicated to the 7th Pre-Moot 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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