Vis Arbitral Moot

Each academic year, the Energy Center sponsors a team in the premiere moot court competition focused on international dispute resolution, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

This year, five students are competing on Texas Law’s team at the 12th Annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot on March 15-22, 2015 in Hong Kong: Ashleigh Acevedo (’15), Lauren Miller (’15), Josh Nosal (’15), David Presley (’16), and Xin Zhang (LL.M. ’15). Ashleigh Acevedo, Lauren Miller, and Josh Nosal, all of whom participated in the Vis Moot in Vienna in April 2014, are student coaches.

The team is being coached by Energy Center Executive Director Melinda Taylor, as well as Garrett Martin ( ’14), a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas.

The Vis Moot is designed to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for 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.  The competition is held in Vienna in April and in Hong Kong in March and typically attract participants from more than 200 law schools and 100 countries.

In 2012, two Texas Law students, Ji Nin Loh and Emmanuel Garcia, received honorable mention awards for their individual oratory skills at the Vis Moot in Vienna.

Photo of UT Law Vis moot students in Vienna
UT Law students compete at the Vis Moot in Vienna