Do you want to take part in the world’s most prestigious moot?

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot – also known as "Vis Moot" or the "CISG and arbitration moot" – is the world’s largest and most prestigious competition for law students in relation to property law.

The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries that are parties to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and is conducted as an international arbitration in English.  Each team is to prepare memorandums for claimant and respondent and is to plead the case before a number of international arbitrators in Vienna during Easter week. In particular the latter is normally a great experience for the students.

The competition has existed for 29 years, and every year it attracts students from more than 350 universities around the world. This year the University of Copenhagen and Plesner Law Firm will set up a Vis Moot team that is to participate in the 2021-2022 Vis Moot taking place during the period October 2021 - April 2022.

The Moot is rated at 15 ECTS. In order to earn merit points for participation, participants must complete the Moot according to the rules governing project-oriented courses. This entails that each participant must submit a project report in June 2022. The project report is to be based on a legal issue pertaining to the Moot, and in the report this issue is to be discussed according to the same standards as in a thesis.

The Moot is a unique chance to become involved in practical law work, and it further provides students with an opportunity to meet other students and practitioners in an international and exiting environment.

Participants

The Moot is spread over two semesters, and demands are high in terms of the students’ professional and collaborative skills. Accordingly, participants on the Vis Moot team must

  • be master’s programme students (the master’s programme must be commenced no later than autumn 2021)
  • have good written and oral skills
  • have good English proficiency
  • be team players (extremely important)
  • be adaptable (this applies in particular to the oral arguments)