The Willem C. Vis Moot always introduces a fictional case that hinges on matters of international sale, arbitration and the UN Convention on International Sale of Goods (CISG) (Weens Koopverdrag). This means you will represent both commercial parties in a dispute regarding sale before an arbitral tribunal, while basing your arguments on (among other legal instruments) the CISG. More than 330 universities from around the world participate in this competition, among which Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and many others.
For detailed information on the moot, please visit this website.
Phase I. Writing Memoranda October-January
During the first weeks you will be asked to develop strategies and theories, based on the facts of the case. In this time you can also expect exams on the facts and brainstorm session with practitioners and professors to develop your arguments.
Further, you will have to start writing the memorandum for claimant. The group will be divided into two, a procedural team and a merits team. Once the memorandum for Claimant has been submitted, the Willem C. Vis Moot organization will send the team a Claimant’s memorandum from another university. This memo will have to answered to in a memorandum for Respondent by our team.
During this phase you are required to upload the memo every two weeks. This way, we can follow your progress and offer advice early on in the process. The coaches will give feedback on each memo twice. In addition there will be meetings with practitioners and professors to discuss your memoranda.
Phase II. Prepare for the pleadings January - March
During this phase we will start practicing your pleadings. We will meet every week for about 2.5 hours so everyone gets to plead at least once every week. In addition, we will choose several weekends in which we will attend pre-moots. These provide a unique opportunity to get a taste of what is awaiting in Vienna. Currently, the dates of the pre-moots are not yet available. We expect that they will become available early December.
Many universities organize pre-moots. These are indispensable for practicing your pleading skills. Most of the pre-moots take place from January until March. The administrator will present a plan regarding which moots the team aims to attend by the 14th of January. This plan will consist of an overview of the estimated costs. The coaches will then inquire about funding for the pre-moots whereas the teams are themselves responsible for the organization of hostels and transport. Note that the participation is essential to your practice and if we have the funding you are expected to participate. Below we cited some pre-moots that we can consider:
Time and effort
Per week you will have to spend an average of 8-10 hours on researching and preparing your arguments. Of course this may vary in weeks when you participate in pre-moots or when a deadline is due.
Especially during the first phase it is very important to share any and all information you found while researching your own topic. You will soon find that all topics are related to one another so that sharing your information is helping your team (sharing is caring). You can find out for yourself what you like best but create some type of Dropbox/Google Drive, in which all team members can contribute valuable sources.
You might think that after the memoranda have been written all research is finalized. You will find out however, that when you start the pre-moots other teams might surprise you with their arguments and you will have to pick up you research again to match or counter these other arguments.
All of this research and building of arguments will have to be done individually and in cooperation with the rest of your team.
This course is an elective course (5 ECTS) for all master students.
After the pleadings in Vienna each student will obtain a grade based on the participation during the written and the oral stage of the Moot.
Grades will be awarded according to the following standards
- Partial grade based on the quality of personal submissions exam (30 %). See also forms below.
- Partial grade based on group performance and cooperation with the Maritime Moot (30 %)
- Partial grade for quality of pleading (40 %)
Bachelor students are part of the team
This year you will also have the help of more mooties, namely bachelor students that take this on voluntarily. They will assist you in doing research, acquiring good sources and checking your written submissions on mistakes, structure and lay-out. Please keep in close contact with them and make sure you appreciate their work. It is a voluntary contribution they are willing to make for free, so it is important that we show them we appreciate their effort.
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