Vis Moot

Are you looking for a challenge? Immerse yourself in commercial law, gain mooting experience and work closely in a team – all through the Vis Moot.

As the world's most prestigious private international law mooting competition, you'll gain exceptional skills and go head to head against law schools from across the globe.

What is the Vis Moot?

The Vis Moot is a mock-arbitration competition where students:

  • research two areas of international commercial law (international commercial arbitration and the international sale of goods) in detail and then apply them to a hypothetical case
  • prepare two sets of written legal arguments (one for each side in the dispute)
  • prepare for the oral rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna – arguing the case against law schools from around the world just before Easter each year.

Why take part?

Not only will you earn a credit point in MLL355 International Litigation and Dispute Settlement, but you’ll also be involved in one of the most highly regarded competitions in the profession, which is great for your career.

Participating in the Vis Moot really was what I would call an opportunity of a lifetime. It has been by far the most challenging thing I have ever done at university and equally the most rewarding. It is like no other unit offered.

Kate de highden

bachelor of laws

How is the Deakin team put together?

We’ll select a team of 10–12 students to take part in the Vis Moot (with the four most outstanding oralists being selected to represent the team at the oral rounds). 

Previous study of international commercial law isn’t required and we’ll start working on this year’s problem shortly after Trimester 2 exams finish. 

We’ll then continue full time at our Melbourne Burwood Campus until Easter.

How does the team prepare?

Deakin’s Vis Moot team uses our Moot Court – a mock-court facility where you can simulate making legal arguments in front of a judge. 

Students can take the role of legal counsel and argue hypothetical cases before an academic, another student, or a practitioner acting as a judge. 

Based at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, the Moot Court’s technology lets the Deakin Vis Moot team link up to other universities’ Moot Courts to hold exercises by videoconference.

Vis Moot team members also undertake practice rounds at professional workplaces across Melbourne and Geelong, including in law firms and in government departments, judged by Deakin Law School Vis Moot alumni. 

Preparation for the written phases of the Vis Moot involves a structured program of legal research and legal drafting.

Deakin students at the Vis Moot?

Deakin University law students have been participating in the Vis Moot competition since 1993.

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.

In the 2014/2015 Vis Moot, Deakin law students also performed exceptionally well – receiving an honourable mention award for their Memorandum for the Respondent in the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong.

The oral rounds for the 2015/2016 Vis Moot were held in Hong Kong and Vienna in March 2016. Deakin Law School's excellence was recognised by the team's progression through to the elimination rounds in Vienna – being among the top 20 per cent of participating law schools. In the lead-up to the Hong Kong and Vienna rounds, the Deakin Law School team was also recognised as the winning team in the first Australian Pre-Moot competition, involving a number of the participating Australian teams competing in a series of simulated rounds ahead of the event.

In the 2016/2017 Deakin Law School students have once again shown that they are amongst the world's best, at the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong, after being awarded Honourable Mentions for team members and placed number one, out of the 125 participating teams at the end of the general rounds.

Interested in the 2017/2018 Vis Moot?

We've got a strong track record across the Vis Moot's entire 24 year history and will be taking part in the Vis Moot and the Vis (East) Moot once again in 2017/2018.

Find out more about the Vis Moot competition in Vienna
Learn more about the Vis Moot competition in Hong Kong

Contact us

Coach of the Deakin Law School Vis Moot team
Dr Shu Zhang
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