Deakin ranked in the top 5 percent: 2012-2013 Vis Moot

Hong Kong team 2012-2013
Kelsey Ippolito, Ozgur Celik, Nicola Morris, Ella Vines in Hong Kong

In March 2013, Deakin University participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot for the 20th year. The competition enjoyed its 20th anniversary in Vienna as well as its 10th anniversary in Hong Kong. Once again, a group of ten talented Deakin Law School students spent their Summer holidays working hard on a problem covering international commercial arbitration and the international sale of goods in order to prepare for this prestigious international event.

The Vis Moot and the Vis (East) Moot run annually in Hong Kong and Vienna. Deakin is one of only a small number of Law Schools to have participated in the Vis and Vis (East) every year that they have run.

This year's problem required the Deakin team to research intricate international commercial law issues relating to written form requirements for international sales contracts, the rules for oral modification for international sales contracts, and consider how unethical business practices might constitute a breach of contract at international law. The 2012 / 2013 Vis Moot problem once again raised fascinating legal issues and required the Deakin Law School team to argue them for both sides on the facts of a hypothetical dispute submitted to international commercial arbitration.

This year's Vis Moot team comprised of ten students:

  • Kelsey Ippolito
  • Ozgur Celik
  • Nicola Morris
  • Ella Vines
  • Vasudha Akula
  • ChimeneVaughan
  • Phoebe Blank
  • Seth Ryan
  • Karthik Maganty
  • Devesh Khanna

Kelsey, Ozgur, Nicola and Ella represented the Deakin Law School at the oral rounds, where Deakin placed in the top 50% of the competition in Hong Kong, placed 13th out of 290 teams in Vienna (reaching the second round of the elimination finals), and where Nicola received an Honourable Mention for her individual performance in the oral rounds.

On behalf of the Deakin Law School, congratulations to the 2012 / 2013 Vis Moot team on their outstanding results!

Applications are now open for the 2013 / 2014 competition. Please click to Find out how to join the 2013-2014 Vis Moot Team.

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