Vis East arbitration moot marks 10th birthday in HK

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About 1,000 arbitrators, coaches and law students will gather in Hong Kong in March to take part in the 10th annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Host law school City University of Hong Kong – whose team won the coveted David Hunter Award last year – will try to retain top spot this year by outperforming 92 other teams from law schools around the world.

Since early October, the students and their coaches have been honing their skills in key aspects of commercial arbitration: research, drafting and advocacy. The students have worked for weeks prior to the competition, sharpening their clinical and procedural skills in alternative dispute resolution.

Every team argues four times, twice on claimant’s side and twice on respondent’s, and usually civil law schools meet common law schools so that each may learn from approaches taken in the other legal culture. Professional arbitral tribunals judge each round and give the students practical feedback on the content and presentation of their arguments.

Since the first Vis East Moot began in 1993-94 with 14 teams, it has grown in size and reputation. Participation in the Vis East, and in its “sister” Vis Moot in Vienna, has become a hallmark of excellence on the CVs of young lawyers, as top legal firms around the world recognise the effort and creativity that develops over six intensive months of teamwork.

To volunteer as an arbitrator, visit the Vis East Moot site: www.cisgmoot.org, download an arbitrator registration form and send it to [email protected]

Louise Barrington is an international arbitrator and director of the Vis East Moot