Willem C. Vis


Willem C. Vis Moot represents a model of international commercial arbitration proceedings in disputes arising out of a sale and purchase agreement between two member states of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Official website of Willem C. Vis Moot                                                             Results

Rules of Willem C. Vis Moot                                                                          2016  2015 

Willem C. Vis Moot has been held annually since 1993 under the aegis of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), a number of international arbitration institutes (ICC, LCIA, CIETAC, SCC etc.) and  with support from Pace University, Queen Mary, Stockholm University, University of Vienna and is now the most authoritative student moot on international private law and international commercial arbitration.

Participation in Willem C. Vis Moot will deepen your knowledge of international commercial law and arbitration, help you study the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, improve you skills in presenting your viewpoint on particular legal issues, defend your viewpoint, rebut your opponents’ arguments and respond to arbitrators’ questions during a court hearing, develop your teamwork skills, learn to accurately present your case in English.

Oral hearings, final rounds and awards to winners and the Moot’s closing will take place from April 8 through 13, 2017 in Vienna.

The Moot’s language is English.

Moreover, the Moot has its "sister" in Hong Kong - . The competition procedure, as well as problem materials are the same with Vienna moot. A team can participate both in Hong Kong and Vienna. East version of Willem C. Vis Moot will take place from March 6 through 13, 2016. For more information, please, visit official website of Vis East Moot.

Comment from Elena Zaltser, participant in 2013, 2015. (National Research University – Higher School of Economics)

Each year Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot gathers law school students from around the world. Students learn advantages of international commercial arbitration, talk to practicing lawyers from different countries, study provisions of the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods, learn the skills of defending a client.

Moreover, for many this is a defining event in choosing their future area of work as part of the legal profession. I think that every student wishing to fulfill their potential in arbitration should try their hand in this moot.

Comment from Alexandra Burylova, participant in 2013, 2014. (Perm State National Research University)

Our university’s team has been participating in Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot for several years in a row. Now it has become a tradition of sorts. Each time organizers surprise us with an interesting and quite challenging case and students are to face worthy rivals and experienced world class arbitrators.

The moot’s professional level is certainly high but in my opinion this is not what makes teams from around the world come to Vienna and Hong Kong time and again. The real reason lies in the incredible atmosphere of the moot! In fact, this is not about uncompromising rivalry but about a friendly round with the purpose of sharing practical experience.

Thanks to my participation in the moot, I made up my mind about my future professional development in the area of arbitration. I sincerely hope that each year more talented law students from Russia will be able to participate in this moot and carry on this wonderful tradition.