Fordham Law

Second Annual Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Practice Moot Draws 34 Domestic and International Schools to Fordham

February 19, 2008

On Feb. 8-10, Fordham Law School and the Fordham Dispute Resolution Society hosted a widely attended and successful practice moot for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition.

For the second year, the Dispute Resolution Society invited teams from law schools around the world to travel to Fordham Law School for an intensive weekend of practice moots, in preparation for the Vis International Arbitration competitions in Hong Kong and Vienna in March.

This year's practice moot featured teams from a record 34 domestic and international law schools. Those schools included domestic law schools such as Georgetown, Columbia, Harvard, and University of San Diego, and international schools such as Heinrich Heine University, Aarhus University, Eberhard Karls, National Autonomous University, Waseda University, and University of Zurich ,among others. Countries represented included Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, and Canada. Additionally, more than 120 legal practitioners served as arbitrators in the event, providing valuable feedback to the advocates.

The weekend started with an informal Friday-night cocktail event at a West Village club, where many of the participants had a chance to mingle with students from other law schools and countries. The mooting started early Saturday morning and continued through the day on Sunday.

In just its second year, the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Practice Moot, hosted by Fordham Law School and organized by the Fordham Dispute Resolution Society, has become the largest practice moot in the world. We are already looking forward to another successful event in February 2009.