9th Moscow Pre-Moot

On 2-4 March 2018 the Faculty of Law of Lomonosov Moscow State University hosted the 9th Moscow Pre-Moot to the world’s leading moot competition in private law and arbitration – the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

The Moscow Pre-Moot consisted of a set of mock arbitration hearings, in which teams of students represented parties to an international sale of goods dispute before panels of experienced arbitration practitioners and scholars.

To bring the participants a little bit closer to a success in Vienna, on 2 March 2018 the organizers prepared the Vis Moot Workshop where renowned Vienna arbitrators and coaches gave the tips to participants. The Workshop on practical skills will be followed by the Conference “Battle of forms and Conformity under the CISG and Challenge of arbitrators” with a special guest Larry A. DiMatteo. The event ended up with the Welcome Reception and Evening City Walk.

To make the 9th Moscow Pre-moot a more exciting event we arranged a cultural and social programme: guided tours to Lomonosov University, including to the top of the Main Building, Moscow Theaters Tour, a walk in the historic center of Moscow, a journey via Moscow tube and of course visits to the bars.

Fourteen Russian and foreign teams (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Kirgizstan) took part in the 9th Moscow Pre-moot. During 3d and 4th of March, each team pleaded at least 4 times for both Claimant and Respondent. Based on the average scores received by individual participants, the team of the University of Bonn won the Pre-moot. The team of Lomonosov Moscow State University finished 2nd, and the team of National Research University Higher School of Economics – 3rd. The prizes were also awarded to the top three students for individual performance: 1st – Hannah Franziska Freitag (University of Bonn), 2nd – Vladimir Kostsov (Higher School of Economics), 3rd – Lodovico Amianto (Higher School of Economics).

The event would not be possible without the sponsor’s support. The Pre-moot organizers take this opportunity to thank Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners, Morgan Lewis, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and Lidings for their financial support and overall contribution. Information partners of the Moscow Pre-moot were Private Law Research Center named after S.S. Alexeyev under the President of the Russian Federation, International Commercial Arbitration Review, Russian Law Journal, Consultant Plus, Garant.

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