International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2018-2019
A team of six undergraduate and postgraduate students from School of Law - University of Nottingham will participate in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna in April 2019.
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is the world's largest moot court competition in the field of international commercial law, which involves more than 350 universities from over 67 countries. The goal of the Vis Moot is to foster the field of international commercial law and arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes through its application to a specific client problem. The problem always involves an international sales transaction governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), alongside the procedural issues of arbitration.
This year, our students are coached by Dr Reza Beheshti and Dr Orsolya Toth as academic members of the Law School, as well as Mr Benjamin Ainsley Gill and Ms Natalie Lucas as lawyers from the international arbitration department of global law firm White & Case. White & Case kindly invited and sponsored our students to attend the White & Case Vis Colloquium held in November 2018, led by several specialist international commercial arbitration practitioners from Frankfurt, London, Paris and Stockholm. The Colloquium proved to be very inspiring and useful. It covered the following issues:
- Some of the questions raised by the moot problem
- Practical tips on researching the issues presented by the moot problem, including navigating the CISG and the new HKIAC arbitration rules
- The speakers' own experiences and thoughts on what makes persuasive written submissions
Comments from the 2018-19 vis-moot team members
Jan Bernhardt - LLM student
I have chosen the vis-moot, because I wanted to learn more about the practice of international commercial arbitration. Ever since I started to study law, I was fascinated by the extensive knowledge a lawyer must bring forward when dealing with topic. Especially, I enjoyed the interaction of international agreements and national legislation. Apart from this vis-moot, I chose the module international investment law and commercial conflict of laws to establish the basement for such a knowledge.
Zhi Tay (Zac) - LLB student
Beyond the impressive scale and prestige of the competition, I chose to participate in the Vis Moot because it is a hands-on chance to obtain a meaningful understanding of how international commercial disputes are resolved through arbitrations. This practical insight into commercial arbitration not only builds on my existing knowledge from Contract Law but provides me an excellent foundation for my Commercial Conflict of Laws module. A good grasp of the fundamentals of international contracting and alternative dispute resolution methods will be highly valued by law firms, especially since ADR methods are increasingly favoured by businesses.
Chee Leong (Kelvin) - LLB student
I chose to participate in the Vis Moot because it provides budding commercial dispute lawyers with a platform to hone their skills. Moreover, I felt that the moot would enhance my general understanding of commercial law related modules I am taking, such as Commercial Conflicts of Law and Intellectual Property. My participation in the Vis Moot has helped me secure a training contract with a top dispute resolution firm in Singapore. Recruiters are confident that I have the requisite skills to thrive in practice.
Nguyen Vu (Anh) - LLM student
With all honesty, I can say that moot evokes my passion in pursuing a career in law. I grew up in a family with no legal professionals and I did not know that being a lawyer was my calling until I won my first moot competition in 2013. As I want to enter into commercial law practice, competing in Vis Moot has always been my goal from that moment. I strongly believe that moot is the best practical experience for law students who wish to become a competent lawyer in the future.
Constance Armengaud - LLM student
Mooting has become a passion for me. The Vis Moot providing the opportunity to moot in a very professional manner and at an international level, I jumped at the chance to be a part of my University’s team. I wish to practice in Commercial Law and have an interest in the International dimensions Law can take. The Vis Moot complements my chosen modules of International Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Conflict of Laws, International Sale of Goods and (Comparative) Intellectual Property.
Alexander Cotton - LLM student
I am studying an International Commercial Law LLM, after graduating with a First Class Honours LLB Law with a Year Abroad. After taking part in Vis last year, winning the DLA Piper Madrid Pre-Moot and placing third in the Write the Award Competition, I decided to compete again. Vis is an opportunity to network and gain experience, complementing my study of modules including international commercial arbitration and commercial conflict of laws.