Course Description

601:747. VIS International Commercial Arbitration Advocacy (P1)


Part 1

The Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot ("Vis Moot") Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions available to law students. The goal of the Vis Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution. The competition takes place entirely in English. Participation in Vis International Commercial Arbitration Advocacy (Part 1) is by permission of the professor. 

Students enrolled in the fall semester of Vis ICA Advocacy (Part 1) will learn the fundamentals of international commercial arbitration and international sales law (the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods) that are necessary to participate in the Vis Moot. The Vis problem consists of an arbitration that involves a business transaction between two companies from two different (fictitious) countries. The students will be responsible for preparing two "Memoranda" (similar to appellate briefs) – one for the Claimant and one for the Respondent. The students will also engage in oral advocacy as part of the training for the Vis ICA Advocacy (Part 2), which will take place in the spring semester.

Participation in Vis ICA Advocacy (Part 2) is by permission of the professor. Those students selected will represent Rutgers at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria as well as practice arguments that will take place prior to the Moot.