The Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition is an annual international commercial arbitration competition hosted every spring in Vienna, Austria. In recent years, more than 350 law schools from over 50 countries have taken part.
Each year, the competition problem is released in October. The team spends the fall researching the problem and writing briefs on behalf of the Claimant and Respondent. After the second brief is submitted, in January, the team begins preparing oral arguments.
The Vis Moot competition itself takes place the week before Easter and involves both general and advanced rounds. Each team will argue four times before the top 64 teams advance to a series of single-elimination rounds.
Awards are given for the best briefs and best oral advocates.
Penn State Law in University Park finished first in the 26th Vis Moot Court Competition in 2019. Click here to witness the excitement of that moment.
Other performances included:
- In the 25th Vis Moot Court Competition (2018), the Penn State Law Vis Moot Team advanced to the Round of 64.
- In the 24th Vis Moot Court Competition (2017), the Penn State Law Vis Moot Team received honorable mention for the Claimant’s brief.
- In the 23rd Vis Moot Court Competition (2016), the Penn State Law Vis Moot Team advanced to the Round of 32.