On 11th and 12th March 2017, Edinburgh Law School is running its 6th Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot in preparation for the final competition to be held in Vienna in April.
The Edinburgh pre-moot competition has long been a staple of postgraduate life at Edinburgh Law School. Each year Edinburgh LLM students have the opportunity to take part in the pre-moot and compete against teams of other Law Schools from across the world. The competition provides teams with the opportunity to prepare and practice pleadings based on the Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot problem posed as part of the competition, before entering the official rounds. Leading members of the legal profession act as arbitrators and provide constructive oral and written feedback to the teams.
This year will be the 24th Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, with final rounds to be held in Vienna in April 2017.
Dr Simone Lamont-Black, founder of the Edinburgh Pre-Moot, and Lecturer in International Trade Law explains:
“We are very proud to be hosting this Practice Competition again this year. Teams from England, France, Germany, Hong Kong/China, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Turkey, have enrolled to practice together with our Scottish teams before pleading their case in Vienna. However this would not be possible without the generous and kind support of the legal and arbitration community, without whose care, time and valuable feedback this event would not be possible. Since its inception in 2012 we have been growing steadily and now have teams on the waiting list to join our event. We are also always grateful for new moot arbitrators to come forward and join our arbitration panels. It is a friendly and supportive environment and it was suggested that the Willem Vis Moot activities were the best law events of the year.”
The pre-moot will be preceded by a conference on Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution in Practice, which is open to all postgraduate students, academics and members of the legal profession.