The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a competition for law students. Students from all countries are eligible. The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries that are party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The contract provides that any dispute that might arise is to be settled by arbitration in Danubia, a country that has enacted the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and is a party to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. The arbitral rules to be applied rotate yearly among the arbitration rules of co-sponsors of the Moot.
Dates and location
The Problem is distributed on the first Friday in October. It is distributed by posting on the Moot web site. Registered teams that cannot access the web site are sent the problem and all subsequent correspondence by the fastest means of communication available. A memorandum supporting the position of the claimant is due in Vienna early in December. Each participating team is sent a copy of the memorandum for claimant of one of the other teams in the Moot. A memorandum for respondent is prepared in response to the memorandum received, and is due in Vienna in mid-February. The oral arguments take place in Vienna, beginning on the Saturday a week prior to Easter and closing on Thursday of Easter week. The general rounds of the oral arguments take place at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna (Juridicum) on Saturday through Tuesday. Elimination rounds among the highest ranking teams take place on Wednesday and Thursday, culminating in the final argument. The Moot closes with an awards banquet following the final argument.
Registration is accomplished by completion and submission of the registration form, which may be done at any time prior to the date for submission of the memorandum for claimant. Registration is confirmed by payment of the registration fee of Euro 700. The registration fee must be paid prior to the date for submission of the memorandum for claimant, unless specific permission for later payment has been given by the Director of the Moot.
Inquiries about the Moot and participation of a team or as an arbitrator should be addressed to Professor Eric E. Bergsten, Schimmelgasse 16/16, A-1030 Vienna, Austria; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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