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9th Vis East Moot 2012

The Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot is an annual competition of teams representing law schools throughout the world (the "Moot"). In the Eighth Annual Moot in 2010-2011, over 720 students from 85 law school teams from 22 different countries participated. The Vis East Moot was judged by 250 lawyers and professors from around the world.

The Moot is intended to stimulate the study of international commercial law, especially the legal texts prepared by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the use of international commercial arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes. The international nature of the Moot is intended to lead participants to interpret the texts of international commercial law in the light of different legal systems and to develop an expertise in advocating a position before an arbitral panel composed of arbitrators from different legal systems.

The oral hearings will be held in Hong Kong SAR, China, at City University of Hong Kong at Kowloon Tong, and at the Hong Kong Productivity Council across the street. The general rounds will take place from Tuesday through Friday, 20th - 23rd March 2012. The elimination rounds will take place on Saturday, 24th March 2012, with the final round on Sunday, 25th March 2012.

Registration for the Vis East opens at 12:00 Noon Hong Kong time on Monday 19 September 2011. Registration in the Moot is a three-step process consisting of submission of the provisional Team Registration Form ("TRF") and, once a team receives a confirmed place, payment of the registration fee and submission of the memorandum for claimant. Although the provisional TRFs may be accepted until 2nd December 2011, submission prior to distribution of the Problem on 7th October 2011 is desirable. Because of the limited number of teams participating in the Vis East Moot, schools who wish to participate should submit their Team Registration Form at the earliest possible date. However, a school should not register unless it is certain it will participate. A school that registers for the Vis East Moot and receives a confirmed place, and then drops out before paying the fee will be barred from competing in future Vis East Moots.

Contact Details:
All communications in regard to the Moot should be addressed to: Ms Louise Barrington, at: or by telephone to: (852) 6409 0356. Postal communications are not recommended, but if necessary should be sent to:

Louise Barrington
Director, Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd
9A Sunrise, Parkridge Village
Discovery Bay, Hong Kong SAR

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