Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

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The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot ("Vis Moot") is the world's largest and most prestigious student competition in the field of international commercial arbitration, gathering up to 400 universities from all over the world. The Vis Moot was created in 1993 to foster the study of international commercial arbitration and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The competition involves a fictional dispute between two commercial companies, having decided to settle their conflicts through arbitration.

Why join the Vis Moot?


How much does it cost?

Thanks to UNIL's generous contribution and that of our sponsors, the costs of accommodation and transportation to pre-moots and other events are taken care of and paid for. While you have to pay for train rides and such, these costs are reimbursed at the end of the moot.

What is the workload?

Here's a breakdown of the full journey:

  • Vis Moot School Switzerland (usually the last week of September): from Saturday to Thursday, in Zurich, with crash courses in various Moot-related topics and social events.
  • Written phase (October to January): the team will have to submit a full draft of the memo every week, to be reviewed and discussed with the coaches during a weekly meeting. You are free to work on your parts of the memo during the week, but have to schedule enough time for that and meetings with your colleagues.
  • "Beamer sessions" (Monday-Thursday before each final submission deadline): during the four days preceding the final submission deadline for each memorandum (usually: 1st week of December for Claimant, mid-January for Respondent), the team gathers every day, all day, to give the memorandum a final read-through and polish so that it meets the very high-quality standards.
  • Oral phase (after submission of the memorandum for Respondent until Easter): three meetings per week on average to train the pleadings internally (2-3 hours each). In addition, numerous afternoons or full days spent at law firm pleadings in Switzerland, as well as irregular Zoom pleadings with international teams. 3-4 pre-moots in Europe (typically Thu-Sun or Fri-Mon). 8 days in Vienna before Easter.

The team is as flexible as possible to allow for everyone to manage their other commitments, but the team expects a lot of flexibility, especially during the oral phase.

How many team members are there?

As you can see from previous editions, the teams in Lausanne are usually composed of 4 students, as this best allows sharing the workload throughout the written phase and allows optimal preparation during the oral phase (2 vs 2).

What do the Moot Problem and the memoranda look like?

You can find the problems and memos of many editions on their respective page. As examples, here are the best-ranked memos for Claimant (31st edition) and Respondent (25th edition) from the UNIL team, with their respective problems.

Memorandum for Claimant (31st Vis Moot)

Case file (31st Vis Moot)

Memorandum for Respondent (25th Vis Moot)

Case file (25th Vis Moot)

What profiles are we looking for? Are there specific requirements?

The main factor we consider is motivation. Driven students are perfect for the Vis Moot. Very good command of English, both written and spoken, is a must. Knowing additional languages, especially German, is a plus. Prior knowledge in international commercial arbitration, international commercial law and related fields is not required, but is an advantage. We are looking for people who are curious, analytical and good team players.

Important: you must be a law student registered at the University of Lausanne (including LLM and joint UNIL-UZH degree) and must not be admitted to practice law. Accordingly, you must not have passed a bar exam. This requirement also covers students who already have an extensive professional experience in the field of law.

Previous Editions

31st Vis Moot (2024)

30th Vis Moot (2023)

29th Vis Moot (2022)

Concours 2022

28th Vis Moot (2021)

Concours 2021

27th Vis Moot (2020)

Concours 2020

26th Vis Moot (2019)

Concours 2019

25th Vis Moot (2018)

Concours 2018

24th Vis Moot (2017)

Concours 2017

23rd Vis Moot (2016)

Concours 2016

22nd Vis Moot (2015)

Concours 2015

21st Vis Moot (2014)

Concours 2014

20th Vis Moot (2013)

Concours 2013

Older editions