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) 2018/2019 in Hong Kong the 2nd Prize in the category „Best Claimant Memorandum“ – David Hunter Award. Mannheim was ranked second among 138 participating universities from all over the world. After having won the David Hunter Award (1st Prize) last year it is remarkable that we handed in again one of the best memos of the whole competition. For our memorandum for respondent we received an honourable mention (Fali Nariman Award).
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!
It is one of the largest student competitions in the area of international economic law worldwide: the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. In the 24th Willem C. Vis Moot, for example, students from more than 340 universities in more than 60 countries participated in the competition. University teams from all over the world have battled each other in the courtroom since 1992/1993. They have taken on the roles of lawyers either representing claimants or respondents in a fictional case drawn from the areas of UN sales law or international arbitration. Students not only need to write extensive written statements (called memoranda for claimant and respondent) in a foreign language, but also thoroughly prepare for the oral arguments (called pleadings). It is this preparatory work that often proves to have a particularly beneficial impact on the students’ future careers.
The 25th edition of the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna was kicked off in October 2017. In addition, the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, a competition that is affiliated with the Vis Moot in Vienna, has been organized since 2002. In 2017/2018, this event takes place for the 15th time. Many teams participate in both competitions.
These are the highlights of the Vis Moot: When the competition draws to a close, which is usually at the end of March or the beginning of April each year, all teams travel to Vienna and Hong Kong to present their arguments in a one-week mock trial. In four general rounds of oral argument, the best 64 teams in Vienna or the best 32 teams in Hong Kong are chosen respectively. Those teams are then admitted to the elimination rounds. In Vienna, the two best teams face each other in the final round that takes place during the Awards Banquet in the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, with about 2,000 people watching. After that, the coveted prizes are handed out in an awards ceremony. The third Mannheim team received an honorable mention for its memorandum for claimant in the 23rd Vis Moot in Vienna and in the 13th Vis Moot (East) respectively. The fourth Mannheim team received five honorable mentions in the 24th Vis Moot in Vienna and in the 14th Vis Moot (East) in total and made it to the finals both in Hong Kong and in Vienna. Intending to repeat our successful participation in previous years, we are sending a team to the competitions in 2017/2018 for the fifth time.