Campbell Law advocates participate in Willem C. Vis pre-moot competition in Chicago

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School’s Willem C. International Arbitration Moot Court team participated in the Loyola University Chicago Willem C. Vis Pre-moot this past weekend in Chicago.

The team is made up of third- year student Tomas Nazer-Paniagua and second-year students Sofia Gomez-Ayala, Madison Carney and Philip Martin. Nazaer-Paniagua received recognition as Best Individual Oralist.  They are coached by Campbell Law alumna Maeve Healy ’22, former Wallace Advocacy Fellow and former Vis team member.  The team will travel to Hong Kong in March to represent Campbell Law at the 31st Vis Moot.

The Willem C. Vis moot is the largest private law competition in the world.  It is held annually in Vienna and in Hong Kong, combining international contract law and commercial arbitration. 

The Vis Moot centers around a dispute arising from a sales contract concluded between two commercial parties from different countries, both signatory members to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The dispute between the parties is submitted to settlement through arbitration under the rules of an arbitration institution, which vary from year to year (the London Court of International Arbitration for the 2019-2020 edition). The Vis Moot is divided in two stages. During the written stage, participating teams are required to submit a Memorandum for Claimant, followed by a Memorandum for Respondent. During the oral stage, held normally in Hong Kong and Vienna, the students present the arguments developed in their memoranda against other teams, in front of an arbitral tribunal.

The goal of the Vis Arbitral Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.


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