Are you in for a challenge?

Join the UvA Vis Moot Team!

Why Participate?

real life experience

Forget about writing your thesis or a job as student-assistant: participating in a moot court is at the closest to the real lawyer work you can get. You will learn how to write legal arguments and plead your case convincingly in English. Your coaches are young lawyers themselves, and they will pass on their expertise and skills straight to you. This will make you highly qualified for any legal career you want to pursue.

It’s a team effort

Working in a team is sometimes challenging, often rewarding, and an absolute necessity if you want to pursue a legal career. Every single word you will write or plead during the moot is the result of a collective team effort. The best results are made by those teams that challenge each other, rather than just divide individual tasks. Besides, it’s just great fun.

Build your network

Over the years, the UvA team has travelled to Hong Kong, Vienna, Shanghai, Berlin, Stockholm and many more places. The final rounds in Hong Kong and Vienna are visited by the best arbitration lawyers worldwide, and performing well in the moot will open many doors.

It’s just really good fun

Can you think of any other activity that both kickstarts your career and gives you the chance to travel the world and to party with hundreds of other students around the globe? For many previous participants, it is the social part that brings back the warmest memories.

Vlog by the 2018-2019 Team

The UvA team is kindly sponsored by a number of law firms. They organize practice sessions and office visits for the UvA team, thereby giving the team members a unique opportunity to visit high profile law firms in an individual setting, and to learn directly from high-profile lawyers.

How Does it Work?

The biggest international commercial arbitration moot

In short, a moot court is a competition in which teams write legal arguments and plead on a fictional legal problem. In the Willem C. Vis Moot Court, the problem concerns an international commercial dispute between business parties that needs to be solved by an arbitral tribunal under the Vienna Convention for the Sale of Goods.

Each year at the beginning of October, the Problem is released. Each team then prepares a memorandum for the Claimant, making use of all the facts in the material that support the Claimant's position.

After submitting the memorandum for the Claimant at the beginning of December, all submitted memoranda are shuffled and re-distributed to the participating teams. This means that each team receives a memorandum supporting the Claimant's position from another team. Now the paper for the Respondent has to be drawn up in answer to that.

After the Respondent's memo is submitted, the oral preparations begin as each team has to defend its position in moot hearings. The oral preparations involve participating in (internationa) pre-moots and official competitions in Hong Kong and Vienna (usually in the weeks directly prior to Easter).

The tribunals are made up of judges, solicitors, barristers, arbitrators, coaches and professors. Here you actually get to meet the people who write all the big fat books about the Vienna Convention and arbitration that you have used for six months.

Awards are given for the best memoranda, the best individual pleaders and the best pleading teams, who manage to make it until (after) the elimination rounds...

  • Every team is allowed to participate in the general rounds in Vienna and Hong Kong. Out of the more then 350 teams that participate in Vienna, only 64 make it to the elimination rounds

  • Each team has 30 minutes pleading time, to be divided by the two oralists. Good oralists are responsive to the arguments of the other party and are able to change their oral submission on the spot, while using only as little notes as possible.

  • The written submissions must contain a maximum of 35 pages. Every year teams spend their last weeks trying to bring back the number of pages to 35 without losing any arguments. You will learn how to write concise and convincing.

  • Every year, dozens of international pre-moots are organized to allow teams to practice against each other. The Amsterdam team organises a pre-moot with over 16 international teams competing

Who Are We?

Mick Gerrits

UvA coordinator
Mick Gerrits is a lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Karmijn Krooshof

UvA Coordinator / Individual Coach
Karmijn Krooshof is a lawyer at Houthoff

Glenn Klijn

Individual Coach
Glenn Klijn is a lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Oliver Whitehead

Individual Coach
Oliver Whitehead is a lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Alexandra Spuijbroek

Individual Coach
Alexandra Spuijbroek is a lawyer at DLA

Midas Klijsen

Individual Coach
Midas Klijsen is a lawyer at Allen & Overy

Individual Coaching

In the UvA team, every participant is assigned with an individual coach. There are weekly meetings between the team and the coaches to discuss arguments and practice pleadings. All coaches have previously participated the Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition, and have served as arbitrators during the final rounds in Vienna or Hong Kong. The fact that all coaches are practicing lawyers is unique for the UvA team. Rather than the academic perspective that you have learnt for years, you will learn how to think, write and argue as a lawyer.

Successes of Our Team

Although the UvA only participates in the moot court since 2008, it has quickly gained a reputation as an excellent and social team in those years. The UvA team generally makes it to the elimination rounds in both Hong Kong and Vienna, wins prices for memoranda, team efforts and individual pleaders and the 2019 team even won the Hong Kong finals, as the first Dutch team to ever win the Willem C. Vis Moot Court!

You can find more about the results and experiences of previous teams here for Vienna and here for Hong Kong.

Kick-off Drinks at De Brauw

We will host kick-off drinks at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek to give you a chance to talk to previous participants and hear what it’s like to participate! The date for this event and details on how to register will be announced on this website soon.

Contact Us

Do you have any further questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us!