Ilia State University is pleased to announce 2020-2021 internal competition for Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Students wishing to take part in the competition should undergo the following selection process:

Step 1:   Students are asked to write a short memorandum (up to 2 pages) on one of the following questions: 

  1. Describe the hierarchy of norms (i.e., legal authority) applicable to international arbitration. Provide a theoretical justification explaining the hierarchy, as you have described it.
  2.  What are the basic types of dispute resolution? What distinguishes arbitration from the other methods of dispute resolution?
  3. Discuss the concept of good faith under United Nations Convention on Contracts for the

International Sale of Goods and UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.

Deadline for submission of papers is September 12, 2020 – 23:59.

Papers should be submitted to: 

Step 2:    Students will have to present their papers before the selection committee. Students will have 10 minutes for oral presentations. Oral presentations will be held during 16-23 September, 2020


  • Any student (pursuing either bachelor’s or master’s degree) of the law school is eligible to apply. However, it should be noted, that such international moot court competitions are most appropriate for 3rd or 4th year students, or students pursuing their masters’ degree.
  • Prior knowledge of the subject matter is not mandatory. However, it is helpful if you have studied International Arbitration.
  • All the announced competitions are conducted in English language and the expected level of command of English language (both written and oral) is of a high standard.
  • No student who has been licensed to practice law is eligible to participate.

Good Luck!


Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (4 students)

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (also known as "Vienna Moot Court") is a competition for law students with over 300 participating universities worldwide.

The goal of the Vienna Moot Court is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes. The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries that are party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

Competition is divided into two stages. During the first stage which lasts between October – January the contestants write their submissions; two written memoranda in support of the claimant's (due in December) and subsequently the respondent's (due in January) position. During the second and final stage in March/April, there will be online oral proceedings against four other teams.

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