Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot








About the Moot

Also this year a team of the Erasmus School of Law represents the Erasmus University Rotterdam at the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a prestigious international moot competition for law students. Participating in the competition is a unique opportunity for law students to enhance their written and oral skills, as well as their knowledge of international sales law and the law and practice involved in international arbitration. The Moot is organized by Pace University Vienna.

Involving more than 270 teams from more than 50 countries the competition revolves around a fictional case. The problem of the case is an international sales transaction subjected to the UN-Convention of the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and also involves procedural issues of arbitration.

The moot consists of two stages. In the fist stage the team submits their legal briefs, memorandum for claimant and memorandum for respondent. The second stage takes place in Vienna, Austria, where the team pleads orally both sides of the case against other competing teams. The pleadings take place before a panel of arbitrators comprised of experts on the CISG and international commercial arbitration from all over the world.

To ensure an educational and successful participation of the Erasmus’ Vis Moot Team, the Moot Team visits pre-moots prior to the Moot in Vienna, where the Moot Team practices and prepares for their oral pleadings with other teams. Furthermore, throughout the two stages, the team is supported by several coaches, both lawyers and staff from the university.