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William C. Vis arbitration competition

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is the largest of its kind. Each year for over a decade, the University of Pavia has entered a team in the competition.

The “moot” was founded in 1994 by Willem Cornelis Vis, expert in commercial law, veteran of many posts in international cooperation and education, including as secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNICTRAL). In the 1970s, Vis participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), as well as the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. The moot was founded in 1994, in promotion of knowledge of the Convention and UNICTRAL rules. The most recent moots have attracted some 380 teams from the world's leading universities, as well as the leading practitioners and experts.

The competition is conducted entirely in English and consists of two phases, corresponding to the phases of a real arbitration: the Written Phase, which consists of the writing of two Defence Briefs, the first for the Claimant and the second for the Respondent, and the Oral Phase, in which the Teams face each other orally, for the defence of their arguments, before an Arbitral Tribunal. Each year brings new critical issues to the fore, along with any evolution the rules of arbitration, meaning that the competition typically gives rise to interesting and substantive ideas for future in-depth research, expansion and development.

The University of Pavia has been proud to take part in the Vis Moot for more than 10 years, with constant improvement in results, under the supervision of Professor Giulia Rossolillo. In 2016, thanks to student assistant Mario de Nitto Personè, the Department joined with external lawyers and professionals in the formation of the Moot Court Pavia Association, including all former team members and boasting a solid coaching team, especially for the written phase. At the 2020-21 Moot, the UNIPV team achieved a historic 82nd ranking out of 380 participants, reaching the podium of several qualifying Moots prior to the final Competition in Vienna.

The call for team applications, open until 31 July 2021, requires submission of the student’s CV and exam results to the following addresses:

For further information please see the call for applications below or contact the team coaches on at