The U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), in coordination with Arbitration Initiative Georgia, led the 10th Annual Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot Competition on February 16-18, 2021. The Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot helps students prepare for the 28th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. As this year’s competition was held virtually, CLDP had the unique opportunity to include universities from around the globe to compete with the teams from the Caucasus.
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court was born out of the impression that both international commercial law and arbitration practice were underrepresented in legal education. Therefore, although the Moot is structured as a competition, it is primarily designed to be an educational tool that teaches advocacy skills and enables students to get to know unfamiliar fields of law. The Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot aims to reinforce the educational opportunity Vis Moot provides, in both the substantive knowledge of commercial law and arbitration and advocacy skills as it provides a dress rehearsal for the teams to practice their skills and arguments with other participants in front of experienced practitioners serving as arbitrators and to benefit from their constructive feedback.
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After an engaging and informative Opening Ceremony and two full days of General Rounds, the 10th Annual Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot officially came to a close. The competition was strong, and many teams and individuals excelled. The final results of the Pre-Moot can be found below.
1st Place Team: Royal Institute of Colombo
2nd Place Team: University of Hamburg
3rd Place Team: Tbilisi State University
Best Individual Oralist: Pierre Hüseler, University of Hamburg
Special Award for Best Individual Performance: Nino Kakhidze, Ilia State University
Tbilisi Pre-Moot General Rules
10th Tbilisi Vis Pre-Moot Program Book
Team & Arbitrator Resources
Swiss Rules of International Arbitration
UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration
Discussion of Arbitrator Issues by Professor Ronald A. Brand and CLDP International Attorney Advisor Mais Abousy
General Rounds Information