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PACE-IICL VIS Online Pre-Moot


3rd Annual Pace-IICL Vis Online Pre-Moot (eVis Pre-Moot)

in preparation for the
23nd Vis Arbitration Moot in Vienna
and the
13th Vis Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong


DATE: February 29th - March 4th 2016
LOCATION:       Online
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:        February 12, 2016
REGISTRATION: Team Registration
Arbitrator Registration



A little historical perspective to understand where we are now.

For those that are not aware, the CISG Database was started in response to a comment made by one of the Vis Moot teams during the first moot.  A team mentioned to Albert H. Kritzer that they weren’t sure how competitive they could be in the memorandum drafting phase, as their library did not have a CISG collection and they didn’t otherwise have the money to invest in the relevant books.   This comment was made right at the same time the world wide web was emerging, and Professor Kritzer seized on the new technology to help level the playing field amongst moot competitors via an open access database providing comprehensive reporting on CISG materials.  What started as a moot initiative has helped shape the world’s understanding and application of international sales law. 

Where we are today.

Fast-forward 20 years and the Pace CISG Database is recognized internationally and the Moot attracts nearly 300 teams from over 60 countries.  One of the most interesting phenomenon of the Moot is the emergence of pre-moots to help teams prepare for the oral argument competition phase in Vienna or Hong Kong.  However, these pre-moots aren’t available to all and once again the playing field in not quite level.  However, as with the case 20 years ago, the Institute has seized upon emerging technology to help level the playing field.  The IICL has organized the online pre-moot to provide mooters from every corner of the globe an equal opportunity to obtain the pre-moot experience before competing in Vienna or Hong Kong.  We hope it aids in your preparation and we wish you all the best in your mooting experience!


Teams registered in the Vienna or Hong Kong Vis competitions may particapte in the online pre-moot. Teams may register at the "Team Registration" link above.

Approximately one week before the pre-moot, the IICL will send each team an email with the assigned day and time for the team's oral argument practice session(s). Teams can identify scheduling preferences on the registration form. The IICL will endeavor to schedule the requested number of practice rounds for your team during the period of February 29 – March 4, 2016, and guarantee a minimum of one practice round.

You do not need specialized or external video-conferencing services to participate in the pre-moot. Rather, every individual that intends to be present in a particular session will receive an invitation sent directly to their email. On the day of your scheduled practice round, you should access the online platform directly from your computer via the invitation (you and your teammates can also access from one invitation using the same computer and “take turns” sitting in front of the camera).

You should have a camera, speakers and microphone connected to your computer.

The "Zoom" platform can be accessed on your computer, tablet or smartphone for no additional fee.

For the most reliable connection, we recommend accessing the platform via a desktop or laptop computer, with a direct internet connection (although it will work with wireless). The quality of the training experience is primarily dependent on the quality of your internet connection.


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Any questions, please contact Vikki Rogers, at