Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Teams
This Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in crucial aspects of the procedure: research, drafting and advocacy. Held in Vienna and Hong Kong, the goals of the moot are the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and the training of tomorrow's legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution. The team prepares two memoranda, which are similar to appellate briefs, one for the Claimant and for the Respondent. The Respondent' Memorandum is prepared in response to a Claimant' Memorandum prepared by another team.
This competition has a series of four preliminary rounds in Vienna, Austria. Teams from common law countries are generally paired against teams from civil law countries (Europe, Latin America and Asia) in the preliminary rounds. Sixty-four teams will advance to the elimination rounds. The team prepares two memoranda, which are similar to appellate briefs, one for the Claimant and for the Respondent. The Respondent' Memorandum is prepared in response to a Claimant' Memorandum prepared by another team. Students are encouraged to take Law of Sales: Domestic and International and International Commercial Arbitration, but are not required.
Faculty Advisor: John McDermott
Hong Kong Moot
To provide an alternate to the Vienna Moot, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and Law School of City University of Hong Kong established Vis (East) several years ago. Using the same problem as the Vienna competition, and with substantially identical rules, Vis (East) gives law students the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to compete against teams from throughout the world, including many of the teams which compete in Vienna.
Faculty Advisor: John McDermott, Bryan Hull
Loyola Law School
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Los Angeles, CA 90015