Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is named for Willem C. Vis, the General Director of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at the time the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG or Vienna Convention) was promulgated. He later became a Professor of Law at Pace Law School and was the Director of the Pace Institute of International Commercial Law Institute until his death in 1993.
The Vis competition is directed by Emeritus Professor Eric Bergsten of Pace Law School. It is co-sponsored by UNCITRAL, which is headquartered in Vienna, the University of Vienna Faculty of Law, and several international commercial arbitration centers, including the American Arbitration Association, the International Arbitration Centre (Vienna), and the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris).
The Vis Moot has been in existence for fifteen years and continues to grow in size and prestige. In its first year (1994), only 11 teams competed; this past year 135 universities from 42 countries participated in the event, which is held during Easter Week at the University of Vienna School of Law. To provide an alternate to the Vienna Moot, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and Law School of City University of Hong Kong established Vis (East) several years ago. Using the same problem as the Vienna competition, and with substantially identical rules, Vis (East) gives law students the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to compete, on a date just before the Vienna orals [March 23 – 27, 2009], against teams from throughout the world, including many of the teams which compete in Vienna.
Loyola first became involved in the Vis in 1996 through the efforts of two third-year evening students, Paul Salazar and Andrew Dolak. These two students represented Loyola in the 1996-97 competition and again in 1997-98.