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Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Last Update
15.05.2013

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is the world's leading law school competition fostering the study of international commercial law and international commercial arbitration. The competition is named after Willem C. Vis, Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at the time of promulgation of the Vienna Convention, Professor at Pace University School of Law and the parent of the Moot Court idea. The Moot is organized by the Association for the Organization and Promotion of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Director is Eric E. Bergsten, Professor Emeritus of Pace University School of Law and a former Secretary of the UNCITRAL.

Each problem of the Vis Moot falls under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the procedural questions are settled by arbitration in a country that has enacted UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and is a party to the UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (1958).  The arbitral rules applied rotate yearly among the arbitration rules of co-sponsors of the Moot.

The Moot consists of two parts: preparation of memoranda in support of the Claimant's and subsequently the Respondent's position and the hearing of oral arguments based upon the memoranda. Oral pleadings take place in Vienna, before high-calibre arbitration panels in the environment of a serious intellectual and personal challenge.

The Moot is an exceptional educational, professional, social and cultural experience that brings legal education much close to legal practice, making the learning process informatively effective, challenging and interesting. Participation in the Vis Moot, not to mention the awards, is recognized and highly appreciated by international law firms and institutions throughout the world.

University of Latvia has been participating in the Vis Moot since 2001.

Riga Vis Pre-Moot

Acknowledging that the pre-moot is an essential part of preparation for the Vis moot’s general rounds in Vienna, Faculty of Law of University of Latvia organizes the Riga pre-moot since 2006. The pre-moots have gathered many teams from Salzburg, Tartu, Vilnius, Belarusian state universities.
European branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has co-supported this event on regular bases thus the teams were judged by experienced arbitrators. The pre-moot is always opened by the conference, seminar or discussion welcoming not only students but also legal professionals.

The Riga pre-moot is not only an educational event but it also a great social event therefore many teams and arbitrators come back each year.