The Vis Moot Court in Vienna is organized by the Association for the Organization and Promotion of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in collaboration with UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), renowned arbitration institutions and the Faculty of Law of Vienna.
The arbitrators in the competition arejudges, lawyers and professors from around the globe. The aim of the moot is to promote the studies of international civil and commercial law and to learn about arbitration in the international economic arena via the concrete application of a problem.
Over a period of six months the students participating in the competition focused on International Sales Law and Arbitration Law and had to prove their research abilities, excellent argumentation and quick learning skills, as well as their ability to work in a team.
The students jointly drafted two complex English memoranda which were presented to an international jury. Subsequently, they focused on developing concise and detailed presentations of the legal arguments.
Practice pleadings, exercises and preparatory competitions for the Moot Court in Vienna are regularly held in different European cities.
Participation in the VIS Moot Court is only possible after the completion of the course at the Europa-Institut.
For the team from Saarland University, the 27th Vis Moot ended shortly before Easter not with the awards banquet as usual, but with closing their laptops. After almost eight months of hard work, travel, passion, preparation and persistence, the 27th Willem C. Vis Moot has now reached its end.
This year's team from Saarland University can look back on an exciting time, shared experiences and adventures that will accompany them from now on for the rest of their lives. The team participated in numerous Pre-Moots in Zenica, London, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Marburg and Erlangen and also visited law firms all over Germany. Unfortunately, the current corona crisis did not spare this competition and made it impossible to hold the face-to-face competition in Vienna. Therefore, the organisers mobilised all resources to enable an online competition by means of video conferences.
Regardless of the major change, the Mooties of Saarland University also took part and competed in the first virtual Willem C. Vis Moot Court. This did not harm the international character of the competition. The Saarland team competed against teams from Brazil, Poland, India and Uzbekistan. Despite the impressive performance of the two speakers, it was unfortunately not enough for the round of 64. Nevertheless, the hard teamwork of the last months has paid off in other ways and the Mooties are grateful for every single experience and the support of their coaches. A big thank you goes to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüßmann, whose commitment to the team and enthusiasm for the Vis Moot is admirable. Pieter Van Vaerenbergh has also been a coach to the team and has contributed to the fact that seven strangers grew together as a team. Special thanks also go to the other coaches Ben Köhler, Eva Wingler and Anna Marie Faymonville for their support and work in preparing the Moot.
The Vis Moot has now officially ended, however, the team members are now part of the circle of those who have already participated in the Moot. They can now take part as future alumni in the upcoming competitions in Vienna. They will also not forget the friendships they made with all the other teams they met along their way. They have decided to go to Vienna next year to meet the other teams and experience the real on-site “Vienna-feeling”.
The participation and the journeys were made possible by a donation of the University Society from the estate of Wilhelm Pelletier, funds of the Law Faculty at Saarland University as well as by donations of the Foundation of the Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry of Saarland e.V., SHS Stahl-Holding-Saar, Noerr LLP, Flegl Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Attorney Prof. Dr. Michael Anton as well as Dr. Thomas Berrang. The team would like to take this opportunity to thank all supporters, without whom participation would not have been possible.
For the team reported Jennifer Wassenberg
At the 2019/2020 opening ceremony of the Europa-Institut, the participants of the Vis Moot Court 2019 received the ASKO-EUROPA-STIFTUNG prize, which was endowed with 1,500 Euros this year. Klaus-Peter Beck, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG, presented the prize to the members of the Vis Moot Team 2019, former students of the Master's program in European and International Law Afolabi Adekemi, Filip Matković, Tamar Shvelidze, Viktorija Rajić, Xingyan Ren und Vishakha Choudhary. The team was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. em. Helmut Rüßmann, Ass. iur. Ben Köhler and Dipl. iur. Anja Neufing.
Just like last year, the team immediately donated half of its prize money to the new team, which will participate in the 27th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2020., so that they can participate in even more Pre-Moots.