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NYU will send up to two teams to the next edition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which takes place each year in Hong Kong and Vienna.  The Moot 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 before and in Hong Kong and Vienna.

Goals of the Moot – The objective of the Moot is to stimulate the study of international commercial law, especially UNCITRAL legal texts, and the use of international commercial arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes. The Moot provides law students with advocacy training through two distinct phases: writing memoranda for Claimant and Respondent and orally presenting legal arguments 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 (the CISG). Additional information about the competition in Vienna is available at; information about the competition in Hong Kong is available at

Prerequisites for Participation

  • Both JDs and LL.M.s are eligible (1Ls are welcome and will actively participate in the writing phase but are excused from the orals given the intensity of NYU’s workload in the first year; they may secure a spot on next year’s team);
  • Strong interest in, and familiarity with, international commercial arbitration;
  • Basic knowledge of international arbitration, international sales law and business transactions, and/or conflict of laws (enrollment in applicable courses during the 2019-2020 academic year will be considered);
  • Interest in written and oral advocacy; and
  • Participants cannot be admitted to practice law in your home jurisdiction (exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis if admission was less than one year ago).

Requirements of Moot Team Members

  • Extensive 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 (including participation in practice moots); and
  • Oral arguments before panels of three arbitrators in either Hong Kong or Vienna.

Interested?      Please send your resume and a short letter/email of interest by no later than September 20, 2019 via email to

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