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The Willem C. Vis Moot celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Of course, a Mannheim team is again actively participating in the largest international student competition in international business law. Since the beginning of October, our “mooties” have been working on the drafting of a statement of claim; the deadline is 7 December 2022. After that, our team will work on the drafting of the defendant's statement until mid-January. Afterwards, we will seamlessly start preparing for the oral pleadings at the final rounds in Vienna and Hong Kong – finally live and on site again! We wish our Mannheim mooties every success and good stamina!
20 April 2022 – This year's 29th Willem C. Vis Moot (Vienna) came to an end with the final in Vienna. After four strong pleas in the preliminary round, our Mannheim Vis Moot Team successfully qualified for the elimination rounds. There, in the first round (Round of 64), our team met the later winning team from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. In a close duel fought on equal terms, the team from Sofia ultimately had the happier end in its favour. In addition, our team was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Pieter Sanders Award (Best Memorandum for Claimant). This puts our claimant brief among the best 19 briefs out of a total of 365.
We would like to thank the Faculty of Law and Economics and our sponsors very much for their great support!
The Mannheim Vis Moot Team has sensationally reached the round of 16 in the oral phase of the 19th Willem C. Vis Moot (East). This puts us among the world's best 16 out of a total of 140 participating teams. After four pleadings in the preliminary round, we were able to prevail over the team of Symbiosis Law School, Pune (India) in the round of the best 32 teams and thus advance to the Round of 16 for the first time in Hong Kong.
Not only did our Mannheim Vis Moot Team make history, but Sophie Staron, Joachim Straub and Jan Mehlinger each received an Honourable Mention for the Neil Kaplan Award as Best Individual Oralist in the entire competition.
Finally, both the plaintiff and defendant briefs of the Mannheim Vis Moot Team were awarded an Honourable Mention.
Now it's time to keep our fingers crossed for the final rounds in Vienna!
We would like to thank the Faculty of Law and Economics and our Sponsors very much for their great support!
The Mannheim Vis Moot Team has won the world's largest “in-person” pre-moot in preparation for the final rounds in Vienna. For the 14th time, the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade invited teams from all over the world. From 1 April 2022 to 3 April 2022, 49 teams gathered both at the University of Belgrade and at law firm premises throughout Belgrade. After five top-class pleadings, the Mannheim Vis Moot Team turned out to be the winner of the XIV Belgrade Open Pre-Moot.
Congratulations to our mooties Sophie Staron, Laura Genkinger, Manuel Fideler, Maurice Kruchten, Joachim Straub and Jan Laurent Mehlinger!
The Mannheim Vis Moot Team won the 14th Annual Prague Pre-Moot in the Czech capital Prague in preparation for the final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Pre-Moot was hosted by the Charles University Prague and took place from March 18 to 20, 2022. A total of 22 teams participated. After four preliminary rounds, the teams from Belgrade and Mannheim were among the two best, which finally met in the final. Here, our Mannheim team was able to prevail over the team from the University of Belgrade in a high-class final.
In addition, Manuel Fideler was awarded as the second best oralist of the whole pre-moot.
Congratulations to our Mooties Laura Genkinger, Sophie Staron, Joachim Straub, Maurice Kruchten, Manuel Fideler and Jan Mehlinger!
The Mannheim Vis Moot Team has won the Sri Lanka Pre Moot 2022 in preparation for the final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Moot Court Bench Sri Lanka hosted the “Pre-Moot | Sri Lanka 2022” in cooperation with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the US Department of Commerce. This Pre-Moot, like all others, is intended as an exercise for students to improve their oral skills before participating in the Vis Moot in Vienna and its sister Moot in Hong Kong. The Pre-Moot was held on March 4, 5, and 6 2022, and included two days with a total of 4 preliminary rounds and one day of elimination rounds. Due to pandemic travel restrictions, the Pre-Moot was held virtually this year. A total of 16 teams participated. In the semi-finals, our Mannheim team faced the team from Himachal Pradesh National Law University. Finally, our team won against NALSAR University of Law in an exciting final. The arbitratos in the final were: Rajesh Sharma (Chairman, lawyer and senior lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIST)), Chatura Randeniya (Partner at Afridi & Angell), Likando Kalaluka (Attorney at the Supreme Court of Zambia).
In addition, our Mootie Maurice Kruchten was awarded “Best Individual Oralist”.
Congratulations to our mooties Laura Genkinger, Sophie Staron, Joachim Straub, Maurice Kruchten, Manuel Fideler and Jan Mehlinger!
The Mannheim Vis Moot Team has won the 12th Indian Vis Pre Moot in preparation for the final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna. This pre-moot was hosted by the O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana, India, on 26 and 27 February 2022 and was conducted online. A total of 32 teams took part. After three preliminary rounds, our team successfully went through the quarter finals (against O.P. Jindal Global University) and the semi-finals (against National Law University Jodhpur). In the final, our team faced Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad.
The arbitrators in the final were: Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer (Chairperson), Justice Sanjay Kushan Kaul of the Supreme Court of India and Mr. Ritin Rai, Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. Congratulations to our Mooties Laura Genkinger, Sophie Staron, Joachim Straub, Maurice Kruchten, Manuel Fideler and Jan Mehlinger!
The new Mannheim Vis Moot Team 2021/
Our Vis Moot Team reached in the 26th Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna the round of 16 for the first time ever. Therefore, Mannheim is among the best 16 out of 372 teams worldwide that participated in the oral arguments. Within the elimination rounds we won against the teams of the University of Belgrade (round of 64) and the University of Costa Rica (round of 32). Our race came to an unfortunate end against the University of Sydney in the round of 16 – however, split decision! Therefore, our team is among the two best German teams participating in the oral arguments.
Furthermore, we received an honourable mention for our memorandum for respondent.
Our team won in the 16th Willem C. Vis Moot (East) 2018/
Furthermore, our team reached the elimination rounds (round of 32). Additionally, Uta Müldner received an honourable mention as one of the best individual oralists of the whole competition.
Our Vis Moot Team Mannheim won the 8th Edinburgh Pre-Moot and prevailed against 19 other universities from around the globe.
Charles Eric Swanson receveid the award for the best individual oralist. Jonas Zinkand was first runner-up, Uta Müldner second runner-up.
What a great achievement of our team! Keep fingers crossed for the final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna!
To prepare for the final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna, our Vis Moot Team Mannheim participated in the 6th Bucharest Pre-Moot held at the University of Bucharest. Our Team finished as First Runner-up. Charles Eric Swanson received the award for the Best Individual Oralist. The following universities participated:
Heinrich Heine University (Germany), Mannheim University (Germany), Kutafin Moscow State Law University (Russia), Maastricht University (The Netherlands), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany), Sofia University – St. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy), University of Bucharest (Romania), Stockholm University (Sweden), Trieste University (Italy), University of Craiova (Romania), University of Pavia (Italy), Moldova State University (Republic of Moldova), Nicolae Titulescu University (Romania).
In this year’s 15th Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong, the Vis Moot team from the University of Mannheim was very successful. In the category “Best Claimant Memorandum”, our team outperformed 126 other universities from around the globe and won. One of our team members, Luisa Katharina Gebauer, also received an honorable mention as one of the best speakers of the competition. We would like to extend a special word of thanks to the school and our sponsors for their excellent support!