The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences has won the Vienna chapter of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, 2020, conducted between April 3 and April 9, 2020.
The team comprising of Ashika Jain from the Class of 2023, Kaira Pinheiro from the Class of 2023, Anand Krishnan from the Class of 2023 and Sahaj Mathur from the Class of 2024 won the Eric E. Bergsten Award for Best team Orals, and was the only Indian team in the Top 8.
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, also known as the Vis Vienna Moot is an international moot court competition held annually in Vienna, Austria, since 1994.
The goal of the Vis Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.
It is the largest moot in the world for its field, attracting more than 300 law schools from all around the world and spurring the creation of more than 20 pre-moots each year before the actual rounds are held in Vienna.
This year, the competition was held virtually, garnering participation from 249 teams from across the globe, with the NUJS team finishing at the top. This is the second time that NUJS has won the moot after emerging victorious in 2003.
A team comprising of Mehak Kumar from the Class of 2023, Shivani Choudhary of the Class of 2023, Rajat Pareek of the Class of 2023, and Kashish Satra from the Class of 2024 from NUJS also participated in the virtual Hong Kong Chapter of the moot.