The Vis Moot is an annual moot created by Pace Law School to encourage law students to learn about the CISG.
In the Vis Moot, merchants from the countries of Equatoriana, Mediterraneo, and/or Oceana resolve a contract dispute through a real arbitration tribunal, operating in the fictional city of Vindobona, Danubia.
Typically, the Vis is focused on the following treaties and rules:
Additionally, the following treaties and rules may also play a role:
To learn more about the moot, consult the unofficial guide and the moot website:
When competing in the moot, it's helpful to consult previous problems and winning briefs, to get a sense of what research tools are useful and what winning briefs look like:
Sometimes law students will develop highly specific arguments in advance and then attempt to find fact-specific decisions that support those arguments. This is generally not a good strategy even for U.S. legal research and is usually even less successful when researching the CISG and arbitration rules, where there are typically far fewer available decisions and those decisions are generally not searchable as full text.
Instead, try the following approach:
For example, the 2018 Vis Moot called for students to research unanticipated tariffs on horse semen. The winning teams did not locate previous factually similar decisions involving tariffs on horse semen. Instead, they identified that the articles likely to govern responsibility for the tariffs were Article 8, on contract interpretation, and Article 79, on hardship. Then, they developed arguments based on the existing decisions, commentary, and other materials on the application of Articles 8 and 79.