9th Edinburgh University Vis Pre-Moot 2019/20

The 9th Edinburgh International Willem Vis Pre-Moot is scheduled to take place on Saturday 7th March and Sunday 8th March 2020.

The event is intended to take place in the premises of the School of Law, located in Old College on South Bridge in Edinburgh.

Details of last year’s pre-moot can be found here and we anticipate next year’s event will follow a similar structure. More details of the 9th Pre-Moot will be posted here closer to the time. We are happy to receive expressions of interest from teams or arbitrators who might be interested in participating. To participate, please fill out the REGISTRATION or Arbitrator Registration Form attached herewith as applicable. Should you require a visa for a non-EU national, please also fill out the UK BORDER FORCE FORM attached herewith. Please return these documents to lawmoot@ed.ac.uk or kane.r.abrydiawdebaye@ed.ac.uk no later than Friday 7 March 2020, 5 pm.

Please note that participation to the pre-moot is subject to a £40 registration fee for mootees and non-arbitrating coaches. Payment must be made at https://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-humanities-and-social-science/school-of-law/the-willem-vis-international-commercial-arbitration-moot-2020.

We would also like to take this opportunity to advise you that the UK Adjudication & Arbitration Conference 2020 will take place in Edinburgh on 6 March 2020 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, that is, a day before the Edinburgh Vis Pre-Moot held at The University of Edinburgh.

It is a full-day conference. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to participants.

World-class lawyers, experts, arbitrators, adjudicators, dispute board members and practitioners will be attending. Discussions will include adjudication, dispute boards, arbitration in the UK and international context. and damages in the main theatre.


During the conference, there will be breakout working sessions for Moot competitors with experienced Arbitrators running concurrently with the main conference so that competitors can choose what sessions they wish to attend.

The post-conference drinks and networking session has been kindly sponsored by Donny Mackinnon and his firm Mackinnon Consult Ltd.

Confirmed speakers include:

Donny Mackinnon DRBF / UKA / CIARB
Sean Gibbs HANSCOMB / UKA
Iain Aitchison ANKURA / UKA
Murray Armes SENSE STUDIO / UKA
Peter Clyde ADDLESHAW GODDARD
Julie Forsyth GUNNER COOKE / DRBF
Matt Finn ANKURA / UKA
Janey Milligan CDR/RICS/CIARB/UKA
Lisa Cattanach CDR/RICS/CIARB/UKA
Lisa Dromgoole WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON
Michael Schifferli WENGER- PLATTNER 
Gavin Chesney DEBEVOISE
Calum McNeill QC WESTWATER ADVOCATES
Hew Dundas CIARB
Natasha Peter GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL / UKA
Edward Sung C-SENSE PLANNING

The blue sessions have been designed with the current Moot problems in mind and will be of great benefit to the Moot students.

We have international arbitrators, counsel and expert witnesses participating in the sessions that will be sharing their knowledge and experience of the Moot and international arbitral tribunals

9.30        10.30     History of the Moot, What you can gain from it personally and how to maximise your participation as an individual and team

Arbitrators that have sat at numerous Pre Vis Moots and the Vis Moot in Vienna and Vis East Moot in Hong Kong will share with you what past moot competitors have gained and how you can benefit from engaging in the process in the right way.

10.45     11.45     Oral & written advocacy skills for the Moot

Leading Queens Counsel and international counsel will be taking this interactive session

11.45     12.45     Arbitration – Remedies for Breach of Contract – A comparative look at the CISG, Common law & European Civil Codes

Termination, Damages and specific performance will be discussed on a comparative basis

2.00        3.00     What do arbitrators want from you? War stories from arbitrators the good, the bad and the ugly & Question & Answer – your chance to question the arbitrators

Hear what impresses the arbitrators, what cost teams a place in later rounds and engage in an open dialogue with the arbitrators

3.00        4.00        Expert Witnesses in ADR – Why? How? and An expert’s duties to the tribunal

Why are expert witnesses so important, How they may be appointed, Admissibility of expert witnesses, what reliance tribunals place upon experts evidence will be some of the topics covered in this session

4.15        5.00        Arbitration Issues – Equality of Arms, Diversity, Cost, Enforcement, Legitimacy

Current issues that are topical currently in arbitration