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The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition involves an arbitral dispute between two parties to a contract for the international sale of goods. The problem revolves around an alleged contract breach under the United Nations Convention for the International Sale of Goods.
The competition takes place once each year from October through April. During the fall, each team submits memoranda for the Claimant and Respondent. In early April, teams from around the world meet in Vienna, Austria to argue the moot problem a minimum of four times before a three-member arbitral panel. The thirty-two highest scoring teams from the four rounds advance into single elimination rounds.
The Vis Moot (East) is a sister moot to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot that takes place in Hong Kong. The Vis Moot (East) uses the same Problem and the rules are essentially the same as the Moot that takes place in Vienna. Nevertheless, they are two separate moots with separate registration, including registration fee, and separate winners. The Hong Kong Moot is not a regional elimination moot for the Vienna Moot. A law school can register for the Hong Kong Moot, the Vienna Moot or both. While the same students can be on both teams, a given student cannot argue in both the Hong Kong and the Vienna Moot in the same year. Find out more about Vis Moot East here.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law first entered the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition during the 12th annual competition in 2004 and has fielded teams since that time.
In preparation for the competition, qualified students must enroll (with instructor’s permission) in LAWS 4341 International Commercial Arbitration course, which provides a practical skills-based training in the most important aspects of international commercial arbitration and international sales law.