Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court

Each year the University of Basel sends a team of students to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Vienna.

What is the Vis Moot?

The Vis Moot Court has taken place annually since 1994, culminating each year in the city of Vienna (or in virtual Vienna in 2020 and 2021) when over 2500 law students from close to 400 law schools across more than 80 countries come together to battle it out in a simulated arbitration concerning a CISG international sale of goods dispute. The journey to Vienna begins each year in October when the case file is released. During the following months members of the moot team assume the roles of lawyers on a legal team, conducting research and preparing written memoranda on behalf of their client and eventually arguing their case before a panel of expert judges in Vienna.

What are the benefits of participating in the Vis Moot?

Team members have the unique opportunity to work closely with experts in the fields of international arbitration and commercial law, gain practical insights from working on a complicated legal case, present their arguments to professionals throughout Switzerland and abroad, improve their written and oral English skills, and make connections with students, lawyers, and professors from around the world.

Course structure: The Vis Moot will be credited as a grosse Masterarbeit with 30 ECTS

Apply now and become a member of the Basel Vis Moot Team 2024/2025

Contact: alissa.palumbo@unibas.ch

For more information check out the Vis Moot Info-Dossier and join us for the

Public Hearing and Q&A Session on Tuesday, 21 May 2024, at 6.30 pm - seminar room 6/7, law faculty



The Basel Vis Moot Team is extremely grateful for the generous support of its sponsors:

Baker McKenzie

Bär & Karrer

Bayer AG



Kapulica AG

Kellerhals Carrard

Lenz & Staehelin


Prager Dreifuss AG


Schellenberg Wittmer

Vischer AG


Walder Wyss AG

Wartmann Merker

Wenger Plattner