USD Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Moot Named One of the World’s “Top 10” Arbitration Pre-Moot Competitions

Complete Guide to the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot

Frankfurt/Main, Germany (June 3, 2014) – The University of San Diego (USD) Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Moot will be featured in the forthcoming edition of The Complete (but unofficial) Guide to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Beck/Hart, 2014) by Dr. Jörg Risse. Risse, a partner at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Frankfurt, is known as one of Germany’s preeminent arbitration lawyers.

Risse's second edition, due out in November 2014, will contain a new chapter regarding international Vis pre-moot competitions, including a “Top 10” list for which the USD Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Competition has been selected. The USD competition is hosted annually in February and has attracted schools from Europe, Mexico and Japan.

“This accomplishment is particularly impressive given that the USD Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Competition is run entirely by VICAM's student leaders,” says Trenton Kashima, an adjunct professor at USD School of Law and the USD VICAM team leader.

In 1993, 11 teams of student participants attended the first Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot (VICAM) in Vienna, Austria. Twenty years later, 290 teams from 67 countries, plus a large number of coaches and arbitrators, gather in what is now considered one of the largest international arbitration events in the world. The cases dealt with are based on international sales transactions governed by the Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), including procedural issues of arbitration.

Risse’s book is a resource for participants of the Vis Moot. It provides the reader with step-by-step practical advice in order to maximize his or her Vis Moot experience. The book explains registration and offers tips on finding and organizing a team, analyzing the case, writing memoranda, presenting the case in the oral pleadings, and organizing the trips to Vienna or Hong Kong. Any student who contemplates taking part in the so-called "Moot Experience" will find the information needed to make the Vis Moot a real lifetime experience.

Next year the USD VICAM team is working to expand the competition event by adding a contemporaneous MCLE event on alternative dispute resolution. Details will be available in late October 2014.

For questions regarding The Complete Guide or USD’s VICAM Program, email Professor Kashima or email Kelli Killion, current president of the VICAM team.

About the USD VICAM Team

The Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VICAM) Team competes in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong. The mission of the team is to foster the development of international legal writing, arbitration, and oral advocacy skills among its members, promote professionalism and academic excellence, and maintain the school’s outstanding reputation through international competitions. In addition to competing in Vienna and Hong Kong, VICAM hosts the Annual Michael Thorsnes Pre-Moot Competition at USD and attracts teams from around the world.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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