In this year’s event, which took place from the 22nd - 29th of March, the UM placed among the top 32 teams, earning honorable mention. Some of the participating faculties were from universities that are more than 500 years old. The University of Hong Kong took first place.
The Willem C. Vis Moot competition is one of the most prestigious academic events in the field, convening many universities from around the world in addition to distinguished professors and expert lawyers. The objective of the competition, which takes place annually in Austria, is to promulgate the study of International Commercial Law and arbitration as a method of solving controversies that arise in the sphere of international business. Its goal is to train future leaders in alternative methods of solving such controversies. The students are presented with a hypothetical case study that they must approach from the points of the view of the claimant as well as the defendant; to later defend their case as would lawyers in a real world situation.
The competition is organized in two stages. The first is written and the students must present their memorandums of the claimant and the defendant. The second is oral, in which two teams confront each other, one in defense of the claimant and the other the defendant, in front of a tribunal of professors and expert lawyers from around the world. It then goes on to the eliminatory rounds.
The competition provides students with valuable tools in the exercise of professional law. The UM students’ that participated in the 2013 edition were Santiago Dutra, Pablo Varela, Luciana Formento, Martín Roseti, Javier Napoleone, and Carolina Secundo. The head coach was Dr. Mercedes Jiménez de Aréchaga. The Lawyers, Dr. Juan Manuel Rey and Dr. Reche Rangachari also formed part of the support team.