The Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition (a.k.a. the 'Vis Moot')
The Vis Moot is the world's most prestigious private international law mooting competition, with the competition's oral rounds being held in Hong Kong and Vienna just before Easter each year. The Vis Moot and the Vis (East) Moot run annually in Vienna and Hong Kong. Deakin is one of only a small number of Law Schools to have participated in the Vis and Vis (East) Moot every year that they have run.
Deakin law students ruled best in the world
In the 2013/2014 Vis Moot, Deakin law students were ruled best in the world, winning the teams award in the Vis Moot in Vienna from a total of 290 participating law schools. Deakin also ranked in the top 16 teams of 99 in the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong, and received two individual oralist awards. Read about Deakin’s participation in the 2013/2014 competition. Deakin will be participating in the Vis Moot and the Vis (East) Moot once again in 2014/2015, and interested students should visit the join the Vis-Moot page for more information.
Do you enjoy mooting and have an interest in international commercial law?
You could be just what we are looking for! The Moot is a mock-arbitration competition requiring students to research two areas of international commercial law (international commercial arbitration and the international sale of goods) in detail as they apply to a hypothetical case, prepare two sets of written legal arguments (one for each side in the dispute), and then prepare for the oral rounds - arguing the case against law schools from around the world in Vienna and Hong Kong.
The Deakin School of Law will be assembling a team of 10 to 12 students to participate in the Vis Moot program (with the four most outstanding oralists being selected to represent the team at the oral rounds). Work on this year's problem will commence shortly after Trimester 2 exams conclude, and will continue full time at the Burwood Campus through to Easter. Prior study of international commercial law is not required.
The benefits of joining
There is no denying that the Vis Moot is a lot of hard work, however there are few other programs that will allow you to undertake the depth of study, gain the mooting experience, and work closely in a team, that the Vis Moot provides. Successful completion of the program will earn you one credit point in MLL355 International Litigation and Dispute Settlement and, moreover, the Vis Moot is a very well known and highly regarded competition in the profession.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 team.