17th Vis East Moot




22nd - 29th March - 2020

Case Information Dates & Rules Hotels Memoranda Sponsors

The Problem

Analysis of the Problem



Key Dates


New Registration Procedure

Calendar of Events
MAA Social Events



The Royal Plaza
The Ramada

Crowne Plaza
Holiday Inn Express


VEM 17 Memoranda Thank you to all our sponsors!

Patron Sponsors
Herbert Smith Freehills
Temple Chambers
Victor Dawes
Damien McDonald


Important Note for Vis East 17

The Vis East Moot limits the number of participating teams. There were 136 teams in the Vis East 16.
Registration begins, on-line only, on 27th September 2019 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 LCIA Rules.

Dates and location

The Problem is distributed on the Friday 4th October 2019. 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 5th December 2019. 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 23rd January 2020. 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 22nd - 29th March 2020. The opening ceremony takes place on Sunday evening, 22nd March 2020. The general rounds of the oral arguments take place from Monday to Thursday 23rd - 26th March 2020. Elimination rounds among the highest ranking teams take place on Friday and Saturday 27th & 28th March 2020, culminating in the final argument on Sunday 29th March 2020. The Moot closes with an awards banquet on Sunday afternoon, following the final argument.



Provisional registration begins, on-line only, on Friday 27th September 2019. 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 info@cisgmoot.org.