Details for the 26th Vis Moot are now available with key dates listed below.
For those who are interested in participating in the Vis Moot this year, there will be an introductory session held at 6pm in Room LG.06 of the David Hume Tower on 19 September 2018. Attendees will be able to learn more about the experience of the moot, the University of Edinburgh’s participation in it and how to apply to join this year’s team.
The 8th Edinburgh Premoot will be held on the weekend of 16 and 17 March 2019 and we would ask you to save those dates in your diary if you are interested in participating as an arbitrator or team.
The 26th Vis Moot
The Willem C Vis Moot, now in its 26th 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 Vis Moot problem for the 26th competition will be released on 5 October 2018 and will beavailable from the Vis Moot website.
As part of its team’s preparation Edinburgh Law School organises a Pre-Moot competition for students to practice and obtain practitioner feedback. This will be held in March 2019. Further details will be posted closer to the date but we would encourage all interested parties to save the date.
The 25th Vis Moot and 7th Edinburgh Pre-Moot
The 7th Annual Edinburgh International Willem Vis Pre-Moot was held over the weekend of 24 and 25 February 2018. Please see the Edinburgh Pre-Moot page for further information. We were happy to welcome teams from the UK, Europe and the wider world to Edinburgh for this event.
Details of the Edinburgh Vis Moot team for 2017-2018 can be found here.
Schedule for the 26th Vis Moot:
|Friday, 5 October 2018||Distribution of the Problem|
|Thursday, 25 October 2018||Deadline for Requests for Clarification|
|Thursday, 6 December 2018||Memorandum for Claimant due|
|Thursday, 24 January 2019||Memorandum for Respondent due|
|Thursday, 11 April 2019||Moot Alumni Association Welcoming Party|
|Friday, 12 April 2019||Official Welcome and Reception|
|Saturday – Tuesday, 13 – 16 April 2019||General Rounds of Argument|
|Tuesday evening – Wednesday – Thursday, 16 April – 18 April 2019||Elimination Rounds of Argument|
|Thursday, 18 April 2019||Awards Banquet|
We are indebted to our sponsors without whom our event would be impossible to stage. The Edinburgh Vis Pre-Moot is sponsored by the Scottish Arbitration Centre. CMS provides sponsorship for the Edinburgh Vis Moot Team.
Over the years, their support has allowed us to host teams from all over the world here in Scotland .
Header photo by: Cristoph Juergens