Afghanistan: CLDP Sponsors a National Vis Moot Training

October 1, 2020 - October 2, 2020
Herat University, the winning team

On October 1-3, CLDP, in coordination with the Afghanistan Vis Alumni Network (AVAN), and the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution (ACDR), sponsored a virtual training on oral advocacy, followed by a two-day virtual national competition for the nine Afghan teams participating in the Willem C. Vis Moot Program (Vis Moot). CLDP’s assistance with Afghanistan’s 2020 Vis Moot program began in June and has been focused on training nine teams from different Universities based in various provinces throughout Afghanistan. At the end of the national competition, the top four teams (Herat University, Jami University, Kabul University and American University of Afghanistan) were selected to represent Afghanistan in the international Vis East Moot competition in Hong Kong planned for March 2021. The winner overall of the Afghanistan national Vis Moot competition was Herat University due to the team’s superior skills in oral and written advocacy. This competition set a precedent for the CLDP Afghanistan Vis Moot program as it was the first to be held entirely virtually. CLDP’s Afghanistan Vis Moot program is part of the continued efforts to help create a cadre of arbitration practitioners and strengthen the alternative dispute settlement mechanism in Afghanistan in order to attract foreign investment and to continue to strengthen the economy of Afghanistan. 

Kabul University students conducting the national Vis Moot Competition virtually
Jami University students, one of the top four teams, will represent Afghanistan in the Vis East Moot in Hong Kong in March 2021

Upcoming Programs

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

 CLDP coaches will be working with the 2 Maldivian Vis Moot teams on written advocacy. The coaches will be conducting weekly webinars with the teams on helping them draft research their legal issues, formulate their arguments, and write their memoranda. First, the teams will focus on writing their claimant’s memorandum. Then, the teams will focus on writing their respondent’s memorandum. Once the teams have completed their briefs, they will focus on preparing their oral arguments. 

CLDP in Action

September 4, 2020 - October 2, 2020
Vis Moot Boot Camp banner slide

From September 4 to October 2, CLDP, in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh College of Law, hosted a Virtual Vis Moot Boot Camp for the incoming 2020-2021 CLDP sponsored teams who will compete in the 28th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot). 

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