Students of IE Law School’s LLM in International Legal Practice took part in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court held in Vienna, Austria, during Easter week. The object of the Vis Arbitral Moot is to foster study in the areas of international commercial and arbitration laws and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration. The problem for the moot is always based on an international sales transaction subjected to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980 (also referred to as the United Nations or the Vienna Sales Convention, or CISG) and also involves procedural issues of arbitration. The moot consists of submitting written memoranda prior to the moot on designated dates for both sides of the dispute (Claimant and Respondent in legal terminology). The oral arguments phase of the moot is held in Vienna.
The IE Students Alphis Tay (Singapore), Demian Magalhaes (Brazil), Taren Spearman (US), and Jose Antonio Herrera (Venezuela) represented IE Law School in one of the largest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the world. The students competed against 253 teams from 62 countries, including the New York Law School, National Law School of India, University of Milan, and University of Essex.