LAW42030 Vis Arbitration

Academic Year 2022/2023

The Vis Arbitration Moot module an intensive clinical legal education module where students knowledge and skills in international arbitration advocacy are developed. The module focuses on preparation for and participation in the elite Wilhelm C. Vis International Arbitration Moot competition and students will research the problem, write detailed memorials/memoranda and hone their oral advocacy skills before representing UCD in a number of practice rounds and the final advocacy competition held online shortly before Easter.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will have developed their analytical research skills; enhanced their knowledge of international arbitration law and practice, and the law of international sales; developed their legal drafting and writing skills to an internationally competitive level; demonstrated their oral advocacy skills in international competition; enhanced their ability of to rebut effectively; honed the art of persuasion; and experienced participation in an international moot arbitration competition.

Indicative Module Content:

Preparation of Pleadings in International Commercial Arbitration
Preparation and delivery of Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is substantially a project based module - with the major tasks being the preparation of pleadings for a major international commercial arbitration and the preparation and delivery of oral advocacy in the arbitration. Group and individual work is involved, supported by a team of experienced arbitration advocates who have participated and led teams in the Wilhelm C Vis international moot arbitration competition. Teaching will include face to face and online interaction. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Preparation and Submission in groups of Plaintiff and Defendant Memorandums in a complex international commercial arbitration for the Wilhelm C Vis International Moot Arbitration Competition Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: Preparation and delivery of Advocacy in a complex international commercial arbitration for the Wilhelm C Vis Moot Arbitration Competition Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual feedback on their assessment in the advocacy component and group feedback on the memorandum component

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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