Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot

Loyola College of Law offers to a select number of students the possibility to take part in the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot, a moot created in 1994 with the goal of fostering the study of international commercial law and international commercial arbitration through their application to a concrete problem relating to an international sales contract. For further information about the moot click here. Selection of the students participating in the Vis Arbitral Moot takes place at the end of the 1L year.


Loyola sends one team of four students to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which takes place each year in Vienna. It is a unique competition that is designed to foster an interest in, and develop the requisite skill set for, a successful career in the fields of international commercial law and international commercial arbitration. The competition provides an unparalleled personal and professional experience; students find that their participation in the Moot is not only academically enriching, but also a delightful cross-cultural experience before and in Vienna.  The team also participates in one pre-moot competition.  It has argued in the Universidad Panamericana Guadalajara and the Miami Bar pre moot competitions.

Goals of the Moot - The objective of the Moot is to stimulate the study of international commercial law, especially UNCITRAL legal texts, and the use of international commercial arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes. It is a clinical exercise designed to train law students through two distinct, yet equally important, phases: the writing of memoranda for Claimant and Respondent and oral advocacy in a simulated arbitral setting. Both phases are adjudicated by prominent arbitration practitioners and scholars.

Structure of the Moot - The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two nationals of state parties to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (the CISG).  The issues are argued to a moot panel of three arbitrators with one team of two students representing the Claimaint and another team of two students representing the Respondent. 

Prerequisites for Participation

  • JDs that have completed their first year are eligible;
  • Strong interest in commercial arbitration; and
  • Interest in written and oral advocacy; and

Requirements of Moot Team Members

  • Extensive legal research on international arbitration, international sales law, and conflict of laws;
  • Preparation of legal memoranda on behalf of Claimant and Respondent;
  • Considerable training in oral advocacy; and
  • Oral argument before panels of three arbitrators in Vienna.