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.

Vis moot 2014 team

Vis Moot 2014 team (left to right) - Sam Hall, Stephen Dyason, Tess Blackie and Alex Garfinkel.  Sam and Tess were the winning Vienna oralists that year, and Stephen and Alex were oralists in Hong Kong.

Vis moot 2015 teamVis Moot 2015 team (left to right) - Jayalia Halangode, Mark Caile, Kate De Highden, Xander Meachem, James Sullivan, Daniel Fahey and Andrew Spreadbury.

Deakin law students ruled best in the world

Eleven students took part in the Vis Moot for Deakin in 2017 – Casey Guilmartin and Nick McConville (representing the team in Hong Kong), Taylor Woodcock and Lachlan Morgan (representing the team in Vienna), and Lisa Mundos, Joel Breckler, Rukaiyah Abdullah, Nicholas Brewer, James Bell, Ryan Gale, and Emma Halliday.  At the oral rounds in Hong Kong, which concluded on 2 April, Deakin progressed to the second round of the elimination finals, and both Casey and Nick were recognised for their individual efforts with Honourable Mention awards.

On 26 April, it was further confirmed that the Deakin Law School team placed number one, out of the 125 participating teams, as at the end of the general rounds – with Casey Guilmartin being the fourth ranked speaker overall (out of 223 eligible speakers in total), and Nick McConville being the overall eleventh ranked speaker. Students interested should visit Deakin Law Newsroom for more details.

Do you enjoy mooting and have an interest in international commercial law?

You could be just who 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.

What's involved?

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.

Further information

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