Thank you, Vis Moot Season 2020/2021!
WU Vienna's Vis Moot Blues just grooved into a grand finale last week!
We still cannot believe that we made it into the final rounds and that we then continued our run there up until the top 16 teams.
That our charming Benedikt Mayer and Tim Kirchmayr were awarded honourable mentions as best oralists really was a cherry on top of that great success.
Above all, we are most proud that our Respondent memorandum was awarded the Werner Melis Award for the third best memorandum worldwide. Our whole journey was a great team effort - to end it in that way is still mesmerizing for all of us until this point.
The WU Vienna Vis Moot Team awards its coaches Alina Holzer, Dominik Loidl, Paul Nimmerfall and Daniel Schmidt with the Best Coaches Award. Without doubt, all four of you win this award - content-wise as well as personally. Thanks for being the most caring and fun coaches we could wish for!
Thank you too to everybody who supported us along our journey: Graf & Pitkowitz, Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Anna Katharina Radschek, Roxanne de Jesus, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Amanda Neil, Matthias Hofer, Eric Leikin, AKG Advisory, Anne-Karin Grill and Aaron Muhly!
Success in Various Pre-Moots, March 2021
We are happy and proud to announce that the WU Vienna Vis Moot Team was able to line up in the front rows in several Pre-Moots.
In the CAM Santiago Vis Pre-Moot, the WU Vienna Vis Moot Team was awarded the Second Runner Up and Alexia Crivoi even received an honourable mention for her outstanding pleading performance. We had the chance to plead against great opposing counsels from Universidad de Montevideo (Uruguay) and School of Law, Christ University (India)!
Only one week later, the WU Vienna Vis Moot Team was awarded Second Runner Up in the DLA Piper Global Vis Pre-Moot 2021 St. Petersburg. Congratulations to all our opposing counsels from MGIMO University (Russia), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University of Warsaw (Poland) and University of Turku (Finland) - we were impressed by your performances.
To top it off, the WU Team was able to celebrate a top 10 result at the Budapest Pre-Moot in a competition of 100 teams.
Many thanks to all the organizers, it truly was an honour and a blast participating in your Pre-Moots!
Furthermore, the WU Vienna Vis Moot Team wants to express its gratitude to the organizers of the IAC Central Asia Vis Pre-Moot, the Hannover Pre-Moot, the ICDR Practice Moot, the NYU Vis Practice Moot and the API Pre-Moot in Canada.
Practice Makes Perfect, February and March 2021
Luckily, Covid-19 did not only bring challenges, but also enabled us to practice with any Vis Moot Team we could wish for. Without exaggeration, the WU Vienna Vis Moot Team met Mooties from all around the world, including teams from Asia, Oceania, Africa, Northern and Southern America and Europe. The intense practice sessions definitely helped us to succeed in the oral rounds in the Vienna finals. We are incredibly grateful for the learnings as well as the nice chats before and after the training sessions. We hope to meet many of the Mooties in Vienna some day!
Among others, we practiced with the Vis Moot Teams from Kyiv National Taras University (Ukraine), Bahcesehir University School of Law (Turkey), University of Belgrade (Serbia), International Islamic University Malaysia (Malaysia), Universidad Panamericana (Mexico), National Law School of India University (India), RUDN University (Russia), Bocconi University (Italy), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), HSG St. Gallen (Switzerland), London School of Economics (UK),
University of Graz (Austria), Sofia University (Bulgaria), University of Queensland (Australia), University of Pavia (Italy), National University of Rosario (Argentina) and many more.
Thanks to all the Teams and Mooties, it was a pleasure meeting you and pleading the case with you!
Successful Title Defense at the Austrian Pre-Moot, March 2021
We are very happy and thankful to announce our victory and defense of the title at the Austrian Pre-Moot Court!
Congratulations too to the other teams from Central European University, University of Graz and University Innsbruck – it was a blast pleading the case side by side you with you all!
A huge thank you to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the fantastic organization! And finally, we want to express our gratitude to the arbitral tribunal in the final round, consisting of Mag. Anne-Karin Grill, Dr. Michael Walbert and Dr. Günther Horvath. It was an honour to present our arguments to you!
Practicing our Legal Writing and Negotiation Skills with Aaron Muhly, January and February 2021
Luckily, we got the chance to practice our writing skills with Aaron Muhly! We gained really valuable insights into clear legal writing – using special tools to magically restructure literally any sentence to make it easily understandable.
Since we enjoyed Aaron’s first workshop a lot, we immediately applied for the negotiation skills workshop. It was exceptionally helpful for the oral pleadings, which are about to start.
We cannot wait to put the knowledge we have gained into practice in the pleadings!
Visiting the Austrian Supreme Court, October 2020
During the last days before lockdown no. 2 was announced, we got the opportunity to visit the Austrian Supreme Court. Guided by Dr. Matthias Neumayr, vice president of the Austrian Supreme Court and member of the arbitration chamber, we not only gained valuable insights into some very interesting arbitration cases the Austrian Supreme Court dealt with in the past years but also into the history of the court building.
Thank you for having us!
Writing the Memos, October 2020 - January 2021
Ready to rumble!
While we were very happy to spend the first weeks of writing the Memorandum for Claimant at university, we sadly had to adapt to distance mode (again). Towards the end of November, we received very helpful feedback from Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte, the coffee breaks got shorter and the discussions got more intense.
After a little Christmas break, we reorganized our minds and put ourselves in Respondents’ shoes. Just on time, we were happy to upload our Memorandum for Respondents after trying to counter all of the arguments the opposing counsels of Faculdade Baiana de Direito brought up in their Memorandum for Claimant.
A new Vis Moot Season begins, September 2020
While waiting impatiently for this year’s case (left picture), we used the time for preparation by attending the first virtual Vis Moot School Switzerland (picture below)! Not only did we start to dive into CISG and arbitration, but we also really bonded within our team. Many thanks to Benjamin Gottlieb for organizing the Vis Moot School!
What a great start into the new Vis Moot season!