The Willem C. Vis Moot consists in solving a hypothetical problem dealing with arbitration and international sale of goods. This year’s problem involved the following issues: pathological arbitration clause, questions regarding the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal, joinder of proceedings, extent of the party autonomy with respect to the choice of applicable substantive law and the application of the Vienna Convention on International Sale of Goods (CISG) to the sale of software.
The Moot consists of two parts. The first one is preparation and submission of written memoranda prior to the oral hearings. There are two memoranda to be written: one for the Claimant, the other for the Respondent. The writing of these memoranda usually takes about five months. The second one is presentation of oral arguments before a three-member arbitration panel. During the qualification rounds each team has four hearings, appearing both on behalf of claimant and respondent for two times. At each hearing, each speaker is graded by each of the three arbitrators. In the end of the fourth day of qualifications, each team has 24 grades and the ranking list of all the participating teams is drawn. The best 64 teams are then divided into 32 pairs and they proceed to elimination rounds.
During the qualification rounds our students competed against the teams from the following universities: Fordham University School of Law (USA), University of Stockholm (Sweden), School of Oriental and African Studies (United Kingdom) and Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences (Tunisia). Thanks to the excellent performance of our students, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law qualified for the elimination rounds for the tenth time in a row. Such a continuous success is truly remarkable at the Moot and apart from our Faculty, it is only the National University of Juridical Sciences from Kolkata that manages to keep the same outstanding level of performance.
In the elimination rounds, that took place on 15 and 16 April 2014 at the Faculty of Law in Vienna, our students met with the teams of the University of Edinburgh (round of 64), the University of Pennsylvania (round of 32) and the University of Georgia (round of 16). In the quarterfinals our students pleaded against their colleagues from the National University of Juridical Sciences, a team which proceeded to semi-finals and finals and completed the moot as the second best team. It is particularly worth mentioning that the University of Belgrade and the University of Heidelberg (Germany) are the only two law schools from non-English speaking countries that qualified for the quarter-finals. Apart from our University and the University of Heidelberg, the list of teams that qualified for the quarter-finals includes the National University of Juridical Sciences, Deakin University, Duke, Florida, Sydney and Auckland.
Along with this achievement, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law received 2 honorable mentions: one in the competition for the best individual oralist (Igor Radovanović, whose average grade was higher than 46 in the scale between 25 and 50) and the best Memorandum for Claimant.
The students who represented the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law this year are: Kevin Bassney, Marija Vićić, Miloš Vukotić, Maja Dobrić, Vanja Djuričić, Milica Maričić, Igor Radovanović and Milena Radosavljević. Dušan Mitrović and Nina Mladenović participated in the preparation of the memoranda. The team was coached by Professors Vladimir Pavić and Milena Djordjević. They were assisted by the lecturers Marko Jovanović and Uroš Živković, the former moot participant Dina Prokić and many other colleagues from the Faculty and renowned law firms who dedicated their time to hearing our students and gave them useful comments and suggestions on how to improve their performance.
The team of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law also enjoyed a large support in Vienna, since many of our colleagues who used to participate in the moot and who work today in law firms that provide financial assistance to our team came to Vienna and attended oral arguments.
The University of Belgrade Faculty of Law uses this opportunity to express gratitude to all the institutions and individuals who helped the preparation of our students through their generous donations. Apart from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the pool of this year’s sponsors consists of: Energoprojekt Holding, Banca Intesa, Societe Generale, and the following law firms: Karanović-Nikolić, Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Harrison Solicitors, Petrikić and partners, Baklaja & Igrić, Wolf Theiss, Marić and Mujezinović in cooperation with Kinstellar, Zavišin-Semiz-Preradović, Nikolić-Kokanović-Otašević, Joksović, Stojanović and partners, Tomić-Stević-Dulić, Nenad Stanković and partners, Blečić and partners, Todorović law firm, attorneys Luka and Rajna Andrić, Miroslav Paunović and Dušan Sivčev, Bar Association of Belgrade, enforcement officer Marko Vukićević, JP Sportsko-rekreativni centar Milan Gale Muškatirović and IGP-info privreda doo.
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