March 14-20, 2008
This year the RGSL sent a team of six students to the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition, the oral rounds of which took place in Vienna. It was already the fifteenth Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and this year the teams argued a fictional international trade dispute between a wine producer and retailer. The RGSL Vis Arbitral Moot was represented by Dmytro Chybisov, Iveta Gedus, Linda Germova, Natia Lapiashvili, Irina Olevska and Kaspars Ratkevics. Galina Zukova coached the team, and she was assisted by associate of Lejins Torgans & Partners Maija Volkova.
The Vis Moot is one of the world’s leading mooting competitions, boasting participation of hundreds of law schools annually at the oral rounds in Vienna. This year there were 203 teams from 52 countries.
The competition provides an opportunity for law students to present arguments on a hypothetical international business dispute to distinguished international arbitrators, scholars and jurists. The moot also serves as an opportunity for many of the foremost authorities on international commercial law and arbitration to gather for the week to attend conferences and serve as arbitrators for the student arguments. Each year’s moot also highlights one of the many sets of institutional arbitration rules. This year, the hypothetical parties to the moot problem chose the JAMS International Arbitration Rules.
RGSL is grateful to Liepa, Skopiņa/Borenius and Sorainen for their sponsorship.