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  • The CIArb NY Branch program on the UNIDROIT Principles that took place at six video-linked Squire offices (NY – London – Paris – Frankfurt – Berlin – DC) on February 25, 2015, with Working Group members speaking from the various offices on specific topics, is now available in approximately 12-minute YouTube segments (one segment per speaker) on the CIARB New York Branch website,
  • ArbitralWomen are very pleased announce the bumper edition of the Newsletter dedicated to the Mooting Competitions and all who participate in them. Download it here: The contents of the this Newsletter represent another example of the hard work ArbitralWomen is doing to promote women at all levels of their professional careers and to recognise those who are giving so freely of their time to help others. A first issue on the Moot, issue n°3, was published in May 2011 and is available online.
  • 12th Vis East Moot full results click here
  • Mark your diary now for next year's dates for the 13th Vis East Moot: 6th to 13th March 2016
  • Young International Mediation Competition has now opened.
    Spaces are limited! Register now to ensure your place. To register click here
  • The Vis East Moot Capacity Building Programme shares the knowledge, resources and expertise of the Moot experience with students in countries where it is most needed.
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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