The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is one of the most prestigious international moot court competitions in the world. The goal of the Vis Moot is “to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution”.

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Each year the Vis Moot competition kicks off with the publication of a fictional case in October and culminates in oral rounds of argument in Vienna the week before Easter the following year. On the road to the oral rounds participating university teams submit memoranda for claimant in December and memoranda for Respondent in January. Traditionally the period between submission of the memorandum for respondent and the oral rounds in Vienna is filled with pre-moots where students cultivate the art of oral presentation to optimize their performance in Vienna.

The Vis Moot not only offers a rare chance for students to test yourselves against students delegated by the best universities in the world, but also gives them the opportunity to get to know students and practitioners from all over the world. Perhaps most importantly, it offers a real to life opportunity to experience what it is like to be a commercial litigation lawyer in a globalizing world. 

For this year’s 27th edition a record number of 388 university teams registered to compete and the VU is proud to be among them. The VU team is coached by Laurens Prins, a Vis Moot Alumnus himself and an experienced litigation lawyer who currently works as a judge in the Rotterdam District Court. This year’s student delegation consists of Margarita Ermolaeva, Emna Jouida, Karin Sandgren and Liselotte Vink. 

For any queries or if you are interested to participate next year, please send an email to Ioana C. Ciobanasu at

For more information see Vis Moot website.