CLDP sponsors the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot

February 19, 2018 - February 23, 2018

The Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot), held annually in Vienna, Austria, is the pre-eminent moot competition on commercial law and arbitration. The Vis Moot is an educational tool, initiated by UNCITRAL, for arbitrators, judges, lawyers, professors, and law students, to foster the study and practice of international commercial and arbitration laws and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration.

As more countries from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia have enacted national arbitration laws, with some considering joining the CISG and others having become NY Convention Signatories, CLDP established the Vis Pre-Moot program to support the development of qualified teams to compete in the Annual Vis Moot.  Through the years, the Pre-Moot Program has been recognized as a significant contributor to the development of regional arbitration practice, that is streamlined with international best-practices.

On February 19-23 in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP, in coordination with the Royal University for Women (RUW), UNCITRAL, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), MENA Chambers Bahrain, and the University of Pittsburg (CILE) will host the 8th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot. The Pre-Moot is a 5-day regional event that brings together over 50 regionally renowned lawyers, arbitration practitioners, and judges, alongside 15 law school teams from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates to foster best practices in international commercial arbitration through a simulated arbitration. The program enables a collegial and supportive environment for practitioners, educators, and students to collectively develop oral advocacy skills, as well as improve the practice and implementation of arbitration.  The Pre-Moot Program consists of three main activities;

  1. Oral Advocacy Training for Law Students:  CLDP, in cooperation with the Royal University for Women (RUW) will host a preparatory training on February 19–21 in Manama, Bahrain.  The training aims to prepare South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students to compete in the 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, to be held in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong in March 2018.  Participants will include former mooties, coaches and students representing Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The teams will be working to develop their respective oral arguments for the Vis competition.
  2. Roundtable for Arbitrators:  CLDP, in cooperation with UNCITRAL, BCDR, MENA Chambers Bahrain, RUW, and CILE, will host a two-day forum for lawyers, judges, and arbitration practitioners from the region on February 21, 2018.  The Roundtable aims to provide guidance on current pressing developments in the practice of arbitration, as  identified within the Vis Moot problem.  Over 60 participants from the region will gather to take advantage of the unique opportunity to exchange best practices with their respective counterparts from the region and around the world. 
  3. Pre-Moot Competition: CLDP, in cooperation with the Royal University for Women (RUW) will host a regional competition on February 22–23 in Manama, Bahrain for over 100 students from South Asia, Middle East and North Africa law students.  Law students will be judged on their oral arguments by regional and internationally renowned arbitrators from the Roundtable entioned above.  The Pre-Moot provides a unique opportunity for legal practitioners to understand and appreciate the implementation of an effective and fair arbitration through judging law students in a simulated arbitration.  The program results in developing an exclusive network of lawyers, judges, academics for the next generation of arbitration practitioners in the world’s most pressing emerging markets.
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