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  • New Clarification and Correction to Problem
  • SiLS Moot Academy
    "Starting this year, the Swiss International Law School will offer the free of charge SiLS Moot Academy preparing students for their participation in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. SiLS is a charitable foundation under Swiss law seated in Basel/Switzerland. Its aim is to adapt legal education to the globalisation of trade and to enable students from all over the world to meet the challenges of international and cross-border legal practice. The SiLS Moot Academy seeks to contribute to levelling the significant differences in support as regards coaching and infrastructure that nowadays exist between many Vis Moot Teams.

    An integral part of the Moot Academy is the Remote Coaching program. Remote Coaching allows former Vis Moot participants to share some of the skills and knowledge they gained during their participation with current teams by proof-reading their memoranda or arbitrating an online practice hearing. For further details and information regarding the application procedure click here. There even are some free slots for proofreading of the memorandum for claimant, so apply now!"
  • "The Swiss International Law School starts its Moot Academy this year. The SiLS Moot Academy seeks to support Vis Moot teams from all over the world that lack the infrastructure and support that nowadays many successful teams benefit from. An integral part of the Moot Academy is the Remote Coaching program. Remote Coaching allows former Vis Moot participants to share some of the skills and knowledge they gained during their participation with current teams by proof-reading their memoranda or arbitrating an online practice hearing. In order to limit the workload of Remote Coaches, SiLS handles all the communication with the teams so that there will be no direct interaction between Remote Coach and team. If you want to become part of SiLS’ endeavour to help those Vis Mooties to get the most out of their participation, click here to find out how to become a Remote Coach.

    As of mid-2015 SiLS will also offer an LL.M. in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. The SiLS LL.M. is a completely web-based course and is thus accessible to students from all over the world. The focus on international commercial law and dispute resolution makes this LL.M. particularly interesting for former participants in the Willem C. Vis international Commercial Arbitration Moot. Therefore, SiLS is proud to be able to offer former Vis Moot participants a discount on the tuition fee of 20% for applications until 31 January 2015."
  • Previous Oralists Grandfathered for this Year
    Rule 28 regarding the eligibility of past oralists is unchanged from past years. However, some teams may have made plans relying on the position in past years when Vis East's first elimination was the round of 16. We added a round of 32 last year. For this year only we will allow previous advocates to argue in Hong Kong unless they proceeded beyond the round of 16 in Hong Kong (or 64 in Vienna) last year.
  • The Problem
    The Problem contains a purely fictitious price for coltan. This was so that no one would argue about or rely on actual price developments for coltan during the period covered by the Problem. This means that arguments based on the specific price developments for the year 2014 would not be in line with the Rules of the Moot (Vis East Rule 23 et seq). The Parties may, however, rely in their arguments on the general volatility of the market and that price leaps have been caused by the type of events (new developments / conflicts) described in the problem.
  • The Vis East Moot Capacity Building Programme aims to share the knowledge, resources and expertise of the Moot experience with students in countries where it is most needed.
    Read more HERE
  • Arbitration experts from 5 countries in PP to partner with four Cambodian universities for training in international law. Read more HERE
  • The Inaugural Young International Mediation Competition: 3rd to 7th August 2015. More details coming soon.
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Group Photo, 2014
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About the Moot

Because of the international business community's marked preference for arbitration as the means for resolving trans-border commercial disputes, the Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in crucial aspects of the procedure: research, drafting and advocacy.

The goals of both the Vis (East) Moot and the original Vis Moot in Vienna are the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and the training of tomorrow's legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution.

Structure of the Moot

Law students participate in two separate but equally important phases: the research and writing of memoranda for both claimant and respondent, and oral arguments based upon the memoranda. Both phases are judged by panels of international arbitration experts. The Moot problem always involves a contract dispute arising out of a transaction relating to the sale and purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The problem involves a different set of arbitration rules each year. Both the Vienna and Hong Kong Moots use the same problem and rules and some law schools send teams to both events.

In the pairings of teams for each general round and in the drafting phase, Moot organisers make every effort to have civil law schools argue against common law schools, so each may learn from approaches taken by those trained in another legal culture. Similarly, the teams of arbitrators judging both the memoranda and the oral rounds are from both common law and civil law backgrounds.


World-renowned expert in international commercial transactions and dispute settlement procedures, Willem Vis was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands and graduated from Leyden University and Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Learn more about the history of the Vis Moot here : For more information