The International Law Section will once again be hosting the Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at JAMS, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2600, Miami, Florida, for teams competing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna and Hong Kong. The day-long event includes four rounds between the competing law schools with seasoned practitioners serving as arbitrators.
The Pre-Moot VIS Competition is an annual event hosted by the ILS aimed at giving students an opportunity to practice and sharpen their skills by presenting and defending their legal arguments and receiving feedback from some of the best practitioners in the field.
Students must argue the jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues raised by the case before a panel composed of practitioners, under the applicable international treaties and rules. The subject matter of the competition is typically a controversy that arises out of a dispute governed by the United Nation’ Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. In prior years the dispute has been governed by ICC rules, UNCITRAL rules, and the New York Convention has been applied.
The event brings together practitioners and students that share a passion for international law. Practitioners can also receive CLE credit for their contribution. Below is a list of the schedules and issues presented in prior competitions.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Round 1 (90 minutes)
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Round 2 (90 minutes)
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Registration
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Round 3 (90 minutes)
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Round 4 (90 minutes)
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reception and Awards Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour Celebration (walking distance)