Northwestern Law Vis Moot Team Excels in Vienna

April 18, 2012

The Northwestern Law Vis Moot Team advanced to the elimination rounds and earned brief-writing and speaking honors at the 19th annual Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Competition held in Vienna, Austria, March 30-April, 2012. 

The Northwestern Law team, which consists of Soeun Nikole Lee JD '12, Parminder Sawhney JD '12, and Matthew Schultze JD '12, reached the elimination rounds by placing in the top 64 teams based on scores received during four days of general rounds.  Northwestern defeated a team from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles to reach the round of 32 before falling to a team from Aarhus University in Denmark. In addition, the team secured an Honorable Mention for Best Memorandum for Claimant, and Lee received an Honorable Mention for Best Individual Oralist. 

No team from Northwestern had previously reached the elimination rounds, let alone advanced further. In the general rounds, Northwestern faced teams from University of Helsinki, Peking University, University of Hanover, and Arab Academy of Science Technology and Maritime Transport (Cairo). 

This year's competition brought together more than 280 law schools from more than 70 countries. Teams argued as both claimant and respondent on behalf of fictitious clients involved in an international arbitration. Judging was performed by more than 650 of the world’s leading arbitrators, arbitration practitioners, and academics.

Prior to competing in Vienna, Northwestern's Vis Moot team participated in pre-moot competitions organized by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, and Loyola University Chicago.  The team is coached by Adjunct Professor Lawrence Schaner, a partner at Jenner & Block, and supervised by Adi Altshuler, director of international programs at Northwestern Law. The 2011-2012 Northwestern Vis Moot team sponsors included Kirkland & Ellis, Red Fort Capital, Jenner & Block, and EXL.