The Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a massive competition with universities from all over the world competing. Unlike the other big competitions (European Human Rights Moot & European Moot Court) everyone reaches the oral hearing stage, taking place in Vienna. It is an incredible learning opportunity and gives you a real insight into what international commercial arbitration is all about. With over 300+ teams and law firms, arbitrators and academics present there are fantastic networking opportunities too.
It is a challenging moot however, and only those ready to commit whole-heartedly to this should apply. I can say that the students who do best in this competition are those who meet weekly, put a timetable in place and work well both independently and as a team. Anyone not contributing would be removed from the team. In-depth research is required for this moot and there will be tight deadlines. The memorandum the team needs to produce is usually around 50 pages in length.
Generally in a team of 4 one pair will focus initially on substantive matters and the other pair on procedural matters, however everyone will work together and everyone needs to be familiar with the whole problem.
Here's how the Vis organisers introduce the problem this year:
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.
Those of you interested in applying to join the City team should take a look at the problem and then write a response to the following question:
Based on the given scenario, what are the powers of an UNCITRAL tribunal in deciding on an allegation of actual or perceived bias made by one of the parties against one of its own panel members?
Submissions should be max of 2 sides of A4 (font Times New Roman, 12) and emailed to Emily (Director of Mooting) by 10am on Tuesday 17th October 2017.
Useful web resources:
Another useful resource is found on the Lawbore City Hub database carousel (the spinny bit) where you'll find the Kluwer Arbitration service. Remember too by using the E-Text library on the same page you can narrow resources to subject area.
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