About 1,000 arbitrators, coaches and law students will gather in Hong Kong in March to take part in the 10th annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Host law school City University of Hong Kong – whose team won the coveted David Hunter Award last year – will try to retain top spot this year by outperforming 92 other teams from law schools around the world.
Since early October, the students and their coaches have been honing their skills in key aspects of commercial arbitration: research, drafting and advocacy. The students have worked for weeks prior to the competition, sharpening their clinical and procedural skills in alternative dispute resolution.
Every team argues four times, twice on claimant’s side and twice on respondent’s, and usually civil law schools meet common law schools so that each may learn from approaches taken in the other legal culture. Professional arbitral tribunals judge each round and give the students practical feedback on the content and presentation of their arguments.