For several years, students of the University of Heidelberg have participated in the Willem C. Vis Moot. This is the largest and most renowned international moot (legal competition with simulated court proceedings) in the field of business law with over 1000 students from around 250 universities from all over the world. The moot takes place in Vienna and Hong Kong, the competition language is English. On the substantive side, the focus of the Willem C. Vis Moot is on the application of the Vienna UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG). A special procedural feature is the simulation of an arbitration procedure based on the UNCITRAL Model Law as well as on the arbitration rules of one of the major arbitration institutions instead of a trial before a state court.
Due to the Corona virus, the 2019/20 season was completely different from the previous ones. The writing of the pleadings and the preparation for the oral hearings were still as usual, but then the face-to-face meetings in Hong Kong and Vienna were cancelled. It was necessary to switch to virtual attendance. The team's success in doing so is reflected in its excellent results. In the Hong Kong competition the team entered the Round of 16 and both speakers received an Honorable Mention in the category Best Individual Oralist. Heidelberg also won the David Hunter Award for the best claimant statement. At the Vienna competition the Heidelberg team has entered the Round of 64. In addition, one participant received an Honorable Mention in the category Best Individual Oralist and both the claimant and respondent statements received an Honorable Mention from almost 400 submitted statements.
MELCHERS attaches great importance to the promotion of young lawyers and has therefore been very happy to support the Heidelberg Willem C. Vis Moot Team for years. Together with the students, we are pleased about the excellent results even under the difficult conditions of the 2019/20 season and wish them all the best for the next season - hopefully in the usual way.