Participating in in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court team of the UvA
During the academic year 2018-2019, the University of Amsterdam will participate in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court in Vienna and the Willem C. Vis Moot Court East in Hong Kong. If you are interested in representing the UvA in the Vis Moot, please follow these steps:
- Enroll at the UvA for the academic year 2018-2019
Only students of the UvA can participate in the team. If you are a student of another Dutch university but do wish to participate, you can also enrol with the sole purpose of participating in the Vis Moot. Also exchange students and part time students are eligible for participation.
- Send in your written application
The first step of the application process is sending your written submissions to Jorian Hamster at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You are required to send a letter of motivation, stating why you wish to participate in the Vis Moot. Also, we would like to receive your resume and your lists of grades. The deadline for application will be Friday 21 September 2018. All submissions should be in English.
You will hear whether you will be invited for an interview on Sunday 22 September. Interviews with the applicants will be held on Tuesday 24 to Friday 28 September.
Requirements for participation
The main requirement for participation is that you are a law student, enthusiastic for international commercial arbitration. However, a few additional requirements do apply to participation:
Participation in the Willem C. Vis Moot runs from October 2018 (when the Moot problem is distributed) through mid-April 2019 (when the finals in Vienna take place). During this period, participants will be expected to devote time to the preparation of their written memoranda and training their skills for the oral pleadings in Vienna. Past participants have shown that participation in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court can be combined with a regular study programme and other extra-curricular activities. Meetings will be held in Amsterdam, at the office of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek or other sponsors, at the Zuidas.
- Registration at the University of Amsterdam
Only students of the UvA can participate in the team. Participation is open to both 3rd year bachelor students as for master students. If you are a student of another Dutch university but do wish to take part, you can also enrol at the UvA with the sole purpose of participating in the Vis Moot. Also exchange students and part time students are eligible for participation. Participation in the Vis Moot is awarded with 12 EC for master students. If you are a bachelors’ student or exchange student, we cannot guarantee that the UvA will grant you EC for participation. This will have to be assessed with the UvA on a case by case basis.
- No previous coursework required
No specific entry requirements (such as courses that participants need to have completed) are applicable to participation in the Vis Moot. Enrolment in the course International Commercial Arbitration, which takes place in the second block of the first semester, is mandatory.