Vis Moot Team Earns Honors in Vienna

April 25, 2014

The Northwestern Law Vis Moot team qualified for the final rounds and received brief writing and speaking honors in the 21st annual Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Competition in April in Vienna.
The 2014 Vis Moot Team — In Cho (JD ’14), Leonard Kim (JD ’14), JungEun Nicole Lee (JD ’14), and Tianyu Ma (LLM ’14)— earned scores placing it in the top 64 teams after the four days of general rounds. The team won an Honorable Mention for Best Memorandum for Respondent, and Lee won an Honorable Mention for Best Oralist. The team lost narrowly to the University of Buenos Aires in the round of 64.

Northwestern’s team was one of 298 law schools from 66 countries that took part in this year’s competition. Adjunct professor Lawrence Schaner of Jenner & Block coached the team. Adi Altshuler, director of international programs, was the team advisor.

The world’s largest private international law moot court competition, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot was established in 1994 to promote the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods. This year’s competition was conducted under the Arbitration Rules of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation. Teams submit memoranda for the claimant and respondent before coming to Vienna for the oral argument phase of the competition.    
To prepare for the competition in Vienna, the team took part in pre-moot events held at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice in Vienna, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The 2013–14 Northwestern VIS moot team was sponsored by Jenner & Block and supported through contributions from the Northwestern Law International Law Society, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Brendan Casey (JD ’11), Kari Parks (JD ’13), and Parminder Sawhney (JD ’12).