Rio Pre-Moot

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Since 1993, thousands of Law students and professionals from all over the world get together to participate in the most important competition focused on international commercial arbitration: the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, a.k.a. the "VisMoot".

The competition offers an unique opportunity for Law students to participate in simulated arbitral proceedings, under the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and the Rules of a prestigious arbitral institution.

From October to January, the dedicated teams must prepare memoranda both for Claimant and for Respondent, based on a hypothetical case in which the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is applicable.


Right before Easter, the teams face each other on oral arguments in Vienna, Austria, where they are evaluated by prestigious professionals specialized in international commercial arbitration acting as arbitrators. At the end, the prevailing teams are awarded the following prizes: best memorandum for Claimant (Pieter Sanders Award), best memorandum for Respondent (Werner Melis Award), best individual oralist (Martin Domke Award) and best team on the oral arguments (Eric E. Bergsten Award). 


The VisMoot continues to grow. On its current edition (27th), over 300 universities from all continents are taking part on it. With this great number of competitors, the pre-moots have become an important part of the teams’ preparation to Vienna.


For further information, please visit the VisMoot website. The Problem for the 27th edition is available through this link.