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The Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) aims to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution. The business community's marked preference for resolving international commercial disputes by arbitration is the reason this method of dispute resolution was selected as the clinical tool to train law students through two crucial phases: the writing of memorandums for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument based upon the memorandums -- both settled by arbitral experts in the issues considered. The forensic and written exercises require determining questions of contract -- flowing from a transaction relating to the sale or purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and other uniform international commercial law -- in the context of an arbitration of a dispute under specified Arbitration Rules.

The Vis Moot team will be coached by Emeritus Professor of Law Gabriel Moens, who has coached teams to great success in this competition over many years.

Applications have now closed. Please check back in semester 2, 2017.

Note: Students may apply to more than one moot without prejudice to their applications. Offers for IMLAM, Vis and India Moots will be made at the same time and students may indicate their preferences as between these competitions.

Students interested in applying should upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • An expression of interest explaining their motivation for applying (1 page)
  • PDF of study report

Prof Moens and Ms Geneviève Murray, Director of Mooting, will be conducting interviews in early September 2016.

Students will receive a grant to cover a portion of their airfare to the competition. Registration and accommodation is provided by the Law School.

Students are responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visas for travel to the region.

Should a student’s financial situation present a barrier to his/her participation in the moot, s/he is invited to contact the Director of Mooting.


Students participating in this moot may apply for course credit pursuant to the Mooting Competitions and Course Credit Policy.