FOURTEENTH WILLEM C. VIS EAST
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION MOOT
26th March - 2nd April 2017
Important Note for Vis East 14
The Vis East Moot limits the number of participating teams. There were 117 teams in the Vis East 13.
Registration begins, on-line only, on 30th September 2016 at 12 noon, Hong Kong time. Be sure to read this year's Vis East Moot Rules carefully.
The Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a competition for law students from all countries. It runs in parallel with the Willem C Vis Moot in Vienna, and is based on the same ideals, using the same problem and substantially identical Rules. The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries. At least one country is a 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 used change from year to year. This year's rules are The Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Centre of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC Rules).
Dates and location
The Problem is distributed on the Friday 7th October 2016. It is distributed by posting on the Moot web site: vismoot.pace.edu and on this site. A memorandum supporting the position of the claimant is due on 8th December 2016. 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 on 26th January 2017. The oral arguments take place in Hong Kong, shortly before the Vienna oral arguments. This year the oral's week in Hong Kong runs from 26th March - 2nd April 2017. The opening ceremony takes place on Sunday evening, 26th March 2017. The general rounds of the oral arguments take place from Monday to Thursday 27th - 30th March 2017 at the City University Hong Kong School of Law. Elimination rounds among the highest ranking teams take place on Friday and Saturday 31st March and 1st April 2017, culminating in the final argument on Sunday 2nd April 2017. The Moot closes with an awards banquet on Sunday afternoon, following the final argument.
Provisional registration begins, on-line only, on Friday 30th September 2016. Schools upon registration must firstly pay the non-refundable upfront deposit, and upon receiving a confirmed place must pay the registration fee as directed, and submit a memorandum for claimant. The fee must be paid prior to the date for submission of the memorandum for claimant. Schools which do not complete all steps will be treated as having dropped out. (See the Rules.) Communications Inquiries about the Vis East Moot (either teams or arbitrators) should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.