Statement from the Vis Moot Directors March 7, 2022

Dear Members of the Vis Moot Community,

We issue this statement to inform you that the below teams and several other Russian teams have decided to withdraw from the 29th Vis Moot:

•        Lomonosov Moscow State University

•        National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

•        MGIMO University

•        St Petersburg University

•        Russian School of Private Law

•        RUDN University

•        The All-Russian State University of Justice

We consider this step as one taken in support of the Vis Moot.

As a result of these withdrawals, we will be amending the schedule of the hearings. Please note that changes can appear in your dashboards. This continues to be an evolving situation. We ask that all participating arbitrators ensure that their availabilities are up do date in their accounts, as we expect to issue arbitrator schedules very shortly.

Vienna, March 7, 2022

Statement from the Vis Moot Directors – 2 March 2022

Dear Members of the Vis Moot Community,

The continued and escalating aggression of the Russian Government with the apparent support of the Belarussian Government towards Ukraine is unlawful and is categorically condemned by both the international legal community and the Vis Moot Community.

Over the past few days we have received and listened carefully to the very many different views that exist within our community.  We appreciate this input, because we feel it is important that further actions are taken after consideration of the views of the Vis Moot Community.  Most importantly we have heard the voices of the Ukrainian teams, their coaches and Ukrainian lawyers.  We wish to reassure the whole community that the Vis Moot is taking actions to support, and signal its support, for the Ukrainian teams, and more widely the people of Ukraine.

All the information we are receiving helps to determine how we respond, and while we always strive to respond quickly, we need to bring together all the information from the different channels and carefully consider it. However, we feel it is important to share with you the actions we have already taken, and to be transparent that we intend to do more.

The Vis Moot Social Bubble planned for Russia was cancelled.  The sponsorship of the Russian Arbitration Centre has been declined and the RAC removed as a sponsor of the Moot.

We acknowledge these are small but hopefully symbolic steps.  We will make a further statement in the coming days setting out how we expect to continue upholding Moot ideals. We ask for your patience and understanding in this regard.

We stand with Ukraine.

Vienna, March 2, 2022




One of the foundational ideals upon which the Vis Moot is based is that peaceful and respectful dispute resolution is always possible.  A second foundational ideal is that respect for the rule of law is fundamental in today’s world.
Whilst the Vis Moot does not typically comment on external matters, we do stand with others in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Vis Moot recognises that many Russian people, both within and without the arbitration community, are just as concerned and distressed by these actions.  As an educational exercise that promotes peaceful dispute resolution, the Moot needs to model the behaviours and approaches we advocate.  As such we will not be excluding Russian teams from the Vis Moot competition. Furthermore it is critically important that these Russian teams do not suffer prejudice because of the unacceptable actions of the Russian government.
Instead, we ask that all the Vis Moot community focus their attention and support on the Ukrainian teams.   We have read the posts of the Ukrainian members of the Vis Moot family written from bunkers and bomb shelters, explaining with extraordinary eloquence given the situation, of exactly the situation they are experiencing.  We urge the Vis Moot community to look for ways we all can support these colleagues and participants (and those in Ukraine more widely). We will do whatever we can to support the Ukrainian teams.

Vienna, February 26, 2022

MAA – Generations in Arbitration Conference: Hong Kong Legal Week

The MAA is excited to announce the “Generations in Arbitration Conference: Hong Kong Legal Week Edition”, which will take place on 3 November 2021!

This special edition of the GIA will feature two panels comprised of distinguished, internationally renowned individuals, speaking on key topics in international arbitration.

The first panel: “Why Strong Legal and Judicial Systems Strengthen (Rather than Weaken) International Arbitration” consists of Ms. Melody Chan, Mr. Joseph Chu, Ambassador (R.) David Huebner, and Ms. Amy Klaesner and Ms. Joanne Lau.

The second panel: “Second Bite at the Apple: Is Public Policy Really only a Last Line of Defence?” showcases Dr. Lisa Beisteiner, Mr. Simon Chapman, Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy, Mr. Baiju Vasani and Ms. Sherlin Tung.

Although this edition of the GIA is an official part of Hong Kong Legal Week 2021, it is being offered in hybrid form to allow participation from an audience worldwide! Details are provided in the enclosed flyer.

Sign up today by registering with the following links:

Panel 1 –

Panel 2 –

For details about Hong Kong Legal Week 2021, please access the following link:

We look forward to seeing you (whether in person or virtually)!

#MAA #generationsinarbitration #conference #internationalarbitration #hklegalweek


For any queries, please email:

The Vis Moot Journey is about to begin

A message from the Moot Alumni Association (“MAA“)

The Vis Moot Journey is about to begin!
Will you be mooting? Will you be coaching? Do you want to know how to have a successful Moot year? Do you not have a coach?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we are excited to inform you that the MAA is now launching its latest webinar series: “The Vis Moot Journey”! We are kicking off the series with the first episode: “Selecting a Winning Team and Preparing Before the Moot Problem Release”, which will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 4 a.m. (EST) / 10 a.m. (CEST) / 2:30 p.m. (IST) / 4 p.m. (HKT) / 6:30 p.m. (DST).

On the panel will be Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy (Professor, Stockholm University), Dr. Rajesh Sharma (Senior Lecturer, RMIT University), Catalina Bizic (Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP) and Eric Ng (Managing Counsel, HKIAC), all of whom have had incredible success in the Vis Moot (as coaches and/or mooties), offering their insights and discussing the best strategies for building a winning team and preparing before the Vis moot problem comes to light. The MAA’s very own Dr. Navin G. Ahuja (who has also had incredible success in the Vis Moots) will moderate this amazing panel and also lead a Q&A session.

With thanks to Withersworldwide for its sponsorship, you can register for the webinar using the link below.

We look forward to seeing you!

For any queries, please email:

The Vis Moot Journey-Flyer

29th Vis Moot – Format

Vienna, 1 September 2021

Dear Vis Moot Community,

Another Vis Moot year and we needed to take a decision on how to proceed with the organization of the 29th Vis Moot in light of the ongoing global pandemic. Covid-19 has become part of our lives for more than one-and-a-half year and will most likely continue to impact our world in the foreseeable future.

One of the most important features of the Vis Moot are the social- and network opportunities for students, coaches and arbitrators during the week of the oral hearings in Vienna. The benefits and the educational value of an in-person event are invaluable for the students. However, there remains considerable uncertainty about the extent to which international travel will be possible next year with governmental restrictions being lifted and then re-imposed again. Under these circumstances, we have decided to host the oral hearings of the Vis Moot on an online hearing platform again. For the 29th Vis Moot, however we are also exploring options to create “Social Vis Moot Bubbles” around the world where Moot participants can meet in-person.

The idea of having “Social Vis Moot Bubbles” is completely separated from the oral hearings. All hearings will take place virtually like in the last two years. Students will not meet each other in-person for the hearings. Instead the idea is to gather smaller groups for certain events that would be organized with special health safety precautions. We would like to create one main “Social Vis Moot Bubble” in Vienna and some additional ones around the world (e.g. in Northern and Southern America, Asia, Australia, Africa). At this stage, we are not able to provide much more detail.  A lot will depend on the further development of the pandemic and the rules for social gatherings pending next year.

Deciding now to go for another Virtual Vis Moot also allows much greater opportunities to deal with planning and logistics from an organisational perspective. More details will be released as they are determined regarding the hearings specifically, such as the platform that will be used.

The memoranda competitions will proceed as usual.  There will be again a reduced registration fee of €400 per team due to the remote participation in the oral hearings. Possible additional fees might be attached for social events.

We remain very firmly committed to the benefits and the educational value of bringing all participants together for in person-hearings. We therefore hope to be able to set up at least some opportunities for social gathering during the Vis Moot week in 2022.

The Vis Moot Directors
and the Association for the Organisation and Promotion of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

29th Vis Moot_Information_3rd_Virtual_Vis_Moot

PO 2 incl. Appendix 1

Dear Teams,

Please find attached the PO2 incl. the missing Appendix 1.

Further, we would like to highlight that the claimant’s memorandum submission is due on Thursday, December 10 23:30 CET and not on December 11 as wrongly stated in Procedural Order Nr. 1.

With kind regards The Vis Moot Directors

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