Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot is an International Moot Court Competition held annually in Hong Kong, which is attended by more than 150 teams.It is a sister moot to the Vis Moot held in Vienna. Each year, prior to East Moot, a Pre-Moot annually takes place in one of the Middle East countries.
Afghanistan VIS Alumni Network (AVAN) aims to provide educational experiences for students all over Afghanistan and to prepare Afghan students for the Pre-moot and actualWillem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot competitions. This happens through many phases of training, workshops, regular sessions and national competitions. For the first time, a team from Afghanistan in 2014 participated in the Pre-moot and Moot and since then the number of teams participating in National rounds have increased up to 16 teams. Annually the best teams are selected through National competition to represent Afghanistan at the international competitions.
The objective of the Vis Moot is to foster study in the area of international commercial arbitration and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration. The problem for the moot is always based on an international sales transaction subjected to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980 (also referred to as the CISG) and also involves procedural issues of arbitration. The moot consists of submitting written memoranda prior to the moot on designated dates for both sides of the dispute (Claimant and Respondent in legal terminology).
The Vis Moot is an educational tool for arbitrators, judges, lawyers, professors, and law students to foster the study and practice of International Commercial and Arbitration Laws and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration. The U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) is sponsoring several teams from Afghanistan for a series of training sessions in preparation for their participation in the Vis Moot.