The Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Willem C Vis Moot, now in 2016/17 its 24th year (and in its 14th at its sister Moot, the Vis(East) in Hong Kong), 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 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 and this privilege has to be booked for several years in advance.

The full problem is 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 5th Annual Edinburgh International Willem Vis Pre-Moot is to be held over the weekend of 20&21 February 2016. Please see the tab dedicated to the 5th Pre-Moot for further information.

Schedule for 23rd Vis Moot in Vienna:

Friday, 2 October 2015 Distribution of the Problem
Thursday, 22 October 2015 Deadline for Requests for Clarification
Sunday, 30 November 2015 Closing date for Submission of Registration Form
Thursday, 10 December 2015 Memorandum for Claimant due
Friday, 11 December 2015 Payment of Registration Fee due
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 Memorandum for Respondent due
Thursday, 17 March 2016 Moot Alumni Association Welcoming Party
Friday, 18 March 2016 Official Welcome and Reception
Saturday – Tuesday, 19 – 22 March 2016 General Rounds of Argument
Tuesday evening – Wednesday – Thursday, 22 March – 24 March 2016 Elimination Rounds of Argument
Thursday, 24 March 2016 Awards Banquet

Header photo by: Cristoph Juergens

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