About the Moot

The Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is the world's leading law school competition in private international law, with the goal of fostering the study of international commercial law and international commercial arbitration. The competition is named after Willem C. Vis, the General Director of the UNCITRAL at the time of promulgation of the Vienna Convention, and the parent of the Moot Court idea. The competition is currently directed by Emeritus Professor Eric Bergsten of Pace Law School, and is co-sponsored by UNCITRAL, the University of Vienna Faculty of Law, and several international commercial arbitration centers.

Participating to the moot is an excellent opportunity for law students to test their theoretical education in practice in a prestigious context, involving the greatest names of the profession. For this reason, the Vis Moot has been constantly growing from the initial 11 teams participating in the first year (1994), to more than 200 teams in 2008, involving thousands of students from all over the world. To provide an alternate to the Vienna Moot, in 2003 the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and the Law School of City University of Hong Kong established the Vis (East) Moot to take place every year in Hong Kong, using the same problem as the Vienna competition, and with substantially identical rules.

The Moot involves a hypothetical but thoroughly practical dispute in international trade between private parties from two different countries, of which at least one is a party to the Vienna Convention (CISG). 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 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. The arbitral rules to be applied change from year to year.

The Central European University is traditionally represented every year at the Vienna Vis Moot by a team consisting of four to six students from the International Business Law Stream of the Legal Studies Department. Conditions of participation and team members can be seen on the CEU Teams and the Preparation for the moot pages of this site.

Become a sponsor of the CEU Moot Team

We are currently looking for financial sponsors and partners willing to contribute to the CEU team’s participation to the Moot. Please direct any inquiries or interest proposals in this regard to the coaches, who will be happy to discuss various cooperation options, and will offer any additional information you may need in this regard.