Ein Mann hält ein Papierflugzeug aus einer Weltkarte in die Höhe

... in Riga, Helsinki & St. Petersburg

Group foto of WU's Vis Moot Court team
William C. Vis Moot Court

At the beginning of the year, WU students Alina Johanna Holzer, Wolfgang Huber, Gabor Kulcsar, Anna Zehetbauer, and Caroline Zeitlberger took part in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court ("Vis Moot"). They received the Ewald Nowotny Mobility Grant for their participation in the preparatory pre-moots. In a short interview, they talk about what this experience has taught them.

You received a Prof. Ewald Notowny Mobility Grant. Can you tell us what possibilities and opportunities this grant opened up for you?

With the Ewald Nowotny Mobility Grant, WU's Vis-Moot team has been given the opportunity to actively participate in academic events. This enabled us to improve our negotiating skills, which is the cornerstone and core area for a successful participation in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court ("Vis Moot"). In the preparation phase for the final, so-called "pre-moots" are held abroad. The Ewald Nowotny Mobility grant enabled us to participate in these pre-moots. This way we were able to participate in pre-moots in Riga, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg.

What were your experiences during this series of meetings?

At the pre-moot in Riga, we were able to take away valuable knowledge as a team during two intensive days filled with rounds of negotiations, making new friends, and thus making process within a very short time. The negotiations took place either at the University of Latvia, at the Riga Graduate Law School or in law firms. A week later, we were in Helsinki, where we spent three instructive days in renowned law firms, adapting individual arguments, discussing them with other teams, and finally perfecting the results. On March 11, 2020, we achieved 1st place in the pre-moot at the Law Faculty St. Petersburg. Responsible for this, besides our untiring ambition, were the competitive negotiation rounds in Riga and Helsinki. This result showed us that hard work and passion for a subject area pays off at the end of the day.

How would you sum up the experience?

Because of current events, the Vis Moots finals took place virtually for the first time. For our team it was only natural that we accepted the challenge and therefore we also took part in the final. It was not easy to implement the learned practice negotiations in front of the laptop, of course. Nevertheless, we did not let ourselves be unsettled and adapted to the changed circumstances. We are proud that this year's WU-Vis-Moot-Team made it into the top 64 of 249 teams worldwide and that we could represent WU excellently.

As a personal conclusion we would like to emphasize that the Vis Moot has brought us forward not only academically but also personally. We were able to meet excellent personalities and make friends for life. We also appreciate that we were able to be part of an extremely ambitious team. Of course, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our coaches and Prof. Dr. Kodek for their enormous support! Without them, the Vis-Moot experience would not have been the same.

"On March 11, 2020, we achieved 1st place in the pre-moot at the Law Faculty St. Petersburg. Responsible for this, besides our untiring ambition, were the competitive negotiation rounds in Riga and Helsinki. This result showed us that hard work and passion for a subject area pays off at the end of the day."

Content by Alina Johanna Holzer, Wolfgang Huber, Gabor Kulcsar, Anna Zehetbauer, and Caroline Zeitlberger. Thank you!

Group photo of WU's Vis Moot Court team on Campus WU