Organized by: The Vis East Moot Foundation Limited
I. The Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot 1. The Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot is an annual competition of teams representing law schools throughout the world (the "Moot"). In the Ninth Annual Moot in 2011-2012, over 750 students from 90 law school teams from 26 different countries participated. The Vis East Moot was judged by 280 lawyers and professors from around the world. 2. Goals. The Moot is intended to stimulate the study of international commercial law, especially the legal texts prepared by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the use of international commercial arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes. The international nature of the Moot is intended to lead participants to interpret the texts of international commercial law in the light of different legal systems and to develop an expertise in advocating a position before an arbitral panel composed of arbitrators from different legal systems. An active social program at the time of the oral hearings in Hong Kong promotes friendships that can last long after the Moot itself is over. 3. The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is designed as a multi-faceted educational program in the form of a competition. It is not intended to be a competition with incidental educational benefits. The rules and procedures in the Moot should be interpreted in the light of that goal.
II. Organization of the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot 4. Organizer, Co-sponsors, Supporters. The Moot is organized by the Vis East Moot Foundation Limited, co-sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch, and hosted by City University of Hong Kong. Supporting organizations include: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
ArbitralWomen Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Head Office, London) CIETAC HKIAC ICC Court of Arbitration International Chamber of Commerce Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Lawasia MAA Star Alliance Swiss Arbitration Association Swiss Chambers Association UNCITRAL
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5. The Moot consists of the preparation of a memorandum for claimant, a memorandum for respondent and oral hearings. 6. Venue. The oral hearings will be held in Hong Kong SAR, China, at City University of Hong Kong at Kowloon Tong, and at the Hong Kong Productivity Council across the street. The general rounds will take place from Tuesday through Friday, 12th – 15th March 2013. The elimination rounds will take place on Saturday, 16th March 2013, with the final round on Sunday, 17th March 2013. 7. The first event during the oral hearings is the Official Opening and Welcome Reception on Monday evening, 11th March. On-site registration is from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday, 11 th March 2013. 8. Language. The Moot will be conducted in English. 9. Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis East Moot, which takes place in Hong Kong is a sister moot to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis East uses the same Problem and the rules are essentially the same as the rules for the Vienna Vis Moot. Nevertheless, they are two separate moots with separate registration, including registration fee, and separate winners. The Hong Kong Moot is not a regional elimination moot for the Vienna Moot. A law school can register for the Hong Kong Moot, the Vienna Moot, or both. While students can be on both teams, certain rules govern eligibility to participate in the oral arguments and in the memoranda to be submitted. See paragraphs 27, 34 and 74, below. Those interested in the Vis Moot in Vienna...