Willem C. Vis Moot Court

The annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious international moot court competitions. Each year, students from approximately 300 law schools from more than 65 countries compete by preparing written memoranda and participating in oral arguments held in March and April in Vienna, Austria.

The Vis Moot is based on a fictitious commercial dispute between two parties in an international arbitration. The goal of the competition is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Vis team in Vienna on the GrabenThe Vis Moot competition is open to second-year, third-year and LLM students not already licensed to practice law. There are no course pre-requisites. However, a background or interest in international commercial law or international arbitration is desirable. It is recommended that Vis team members not compete in other moots due to the significant time commitments that are required.

This year will be the 23rd year of the Vis Moot competition. The oral arguments in Vienna are scheduled to take place from March 18 - March 24, 2016.

The team is responsible for writing two briefs, one for the claimant and one for the respondent. The due date for the first brief will be in early December 2015. The due date for the second brief will be in mid-January 2016. After the briefs are submitted, the team will prepare intensively for the oral argument phase of the competition. Team members will take part in an extensive practice schedule that will include, among other things, internal and external practice rounds and participation in a number of pre-moot competitions.

The Vis Team is selected in September in advance of the release of the problem during the first week in October. In November, oralists are select from among the team members. To apply, students submit a written application and then are invited to take part in tryouts and an in-person interview.

For more information about the Northwestern Law Vis Moot team, contact Jay Schleppenbach - team coach, or Adi Altshuler - team advisor.

Team Members

2015-2016: Anisah Giansiracusa, Farzeen Tariq, Haley Wasserman, James Thomas Coleman, Santiago Enrique Rodriguez Senior, Xiaoyan Xiang, Yuxiang Zhang
2014-2015: Reyhan Bilici, Megan Needham, Ming Russell, Noeli Serna
2013-2014: In Cho, Leonard Kim, JungEun Nicole Lee, Tianyu Ma
2012-2013: Mi Chen, JungEun Nicole Lee, Victoria Lee, Kari Parks, Margaret Siller
2011-2012: Soeun Nikole Lee, Parminder Sawhney, Matthew Schultze
2010-2011: Brendan Casey, Emma Jones, Valerie Petein, Daniel Stern
2006-2007: George Huang, Ke Huang, Jen Kim, Jun Liu
2005-2006: Elizabeth Heurtematte, Jen Kim, Jeff Kogan, Sarah Scopel, Elizabeth Warnick
2004-2005: Joris Beckers, Veronica Li, Friedrich Nell, Brian Parker, Shivani Prabhakar, Tiffani Tatum, Elizabeth Warnick
2003-2004: Veronica Li, Danielle Mathey, Brian Parker, Tiffani Tatum
2002-2003: Ashley Baynham, Aengus Carr, Lisa Linney


  • October 2, 2015: Distribution of the Problem
  • December 10, 2015: Memorandum for Claimant due
  • January 19, 2016: Memorandum for Respondent due
  • March 18-24, 2016: Vis Moot Competition (oral arguments) in Vienna, Austria
  • March 29, 2016: Vis Moot Sponsors Reception at the Law School


02/11/2016 Vis Moot Team Places Third at Panamerican University Guadalajara International Arbitration Pre-moot

02/17/2015 Vis Team Wins Loyola Pre-Moot, Earns Best Speaker Honor

04/25/2014 Vis Moot Team Earns Honors in Vienna

02/18/2013 Vis Team Wins Loyola Pre-Moot, Earns Best Speaker Honor

04/18/2012 Northwestern Law Vis Moot Team Excels in Vienna

03/07/2012 Vis Moot Team Member Wins Best Speaker Award