NYU will send a team the 29th edition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which will take place virtually this year. It is a unique competition designed to foster an interest in, and develop the requisite skill set for, a successful career in the fields of international commercial law and international commercial arbitration. The competition provides an unparalleled personal and professional experience; students find that their participation in the Moot is not only academically enriching, but also a delightful cross-cultural experience.
Goals of the Moot – The Moot stimulates the study of international commercial law, and the use of arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism. It is an experiential exercise that trains law students through two distinct, yet equally important, phases: writing memoranda for Claimant and Respondent and oral advocacy in a simulated arbitral setting. Both phases are adjudicated by prominent arbitration practitioners and scholars.
Structure of the Moot – The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two nationals of states parties to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Additional information about the competition is available at http://www.cisgmoot.org.
Prerequisites for Participation
- Both JDs and LL.M.s are eligible (1Ls will actively participate in the writing phase but are excused from the orals given the intensity of NYU’s workload in the first year);
- Strong interest in international commercial arbitration,
- Basic knowledge of international arbitration, international sales law and business transactions, and/or conflict of laws (enrollment in applicable courses will be considered);
- Interest in written and oral advocacy; and
- Not licensed to practice law in your home jurisdiction (exceptions for 1st year attorneys on case-by-case basis) (please review the eligibility rules at http://www.cisgmoot.org).
Requirements of Moot Team Members
- Legal research on international arbitration, international sales law, and conflict of laws;
- Preparation of legal memoranda on behalf of Claimant and Respondent;
- Considerable training in oral advocacy;
- Oral arguments before panels of three arbitrators in remote setting; and
- Working on a team with individuals coming from different legal and cultural backgrounds.
Interested? Please send your resume and a short letter/email of interest by no later than October 8, 2021 via email to NYUVisMootTeam@gmail.com.