Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

CTLS sends a team selected from the Fall semester cohort to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot each year. The Willem C. Vis Moot is an annual international moot court competition held in Vienna, Austria. The Vis Moot is one of the most prestigious international moots in the world today, with over 300 universities participating. The Moot brings together students, academics, eminent lawyers, and law firms each year to tackle legal issues that are at the forefront of international arbitration. The Moot problem is based on an international sales contract where the applicable substantive law is the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), and the procedural law is that of a different arbitral institution specified each year in the problem.

The Moot consists of two phases, written and oral. In the written phase, teams are required to submit two memoranda, one for the claimant and one for the respondent. In the oral phase, each team competes against four other teams from universities all over the globe in the general rounds, with the 64 highest scoring teams moving into the knockout rounds. Two members of the team argue in each round, one taking procedural issues and the other substantive issue. The oral phase is held in Vienna. There are a range of individual and team awards for both the oral and written phases. You can learn more about the Vis Moot Court Competition on the Vis Moot website.

30th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

CTLS 2023 Vis Moot Team and Coach

Take a look at the 2023 CTLS Vis Moot team’s report for an insight into their experience.