University of Pittsburgh

International Moot Competitions

Pitt Law students have consistently excelled in international moot court competitions, with the guidance and support of CILE. We generally have teams competing in the following three competitions:

  • The Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • The Niagara International Moot involving US-Canada disputes
  • The Jessup International Moot for International Court of Justice cases
Students are entitled to receive course credit for participation in any of these moots. That credit(s) will count towards the elective requirements in the International and Comparative Law Certificate Program.

WILLEM C. VIS INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION MOOT

This competition is held each spring in Vienna, Austria, and is sponsored by the Pace University School of Law. The problem requires an understanding and application of the law of international commercial arbitration and of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). See the Vis website for more information about this competition.

Professor Harry Flechtner is the Faculty Advisor for Vis and has composed multiple songs relating to it: The CISG Song, The Mootie Blues, Ballad of Blue Hills '05, Why, Why, Oh Why, Malcolm Y? (Click here for lyrics), and a full opera entitled AyEEEdah, for the 2012 Vis Moot.  See also the CILE YouTube Channel.

NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL MOOT COMPETITION

The Niagara International Moot competition is sponsored each year by the U.S.-Canada Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University. Each year's case is argued between the U.S. and Canada before a mock International Court of Justice. Teams represent schools from the U.S. and Canada.

See the Niagara website for more information about this competition.

PHILIP C. JESSUP INTERNATIONAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

The annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the International Law Student Association. Regional competitions are held throughout the U.S., with the winner of each region advancing to the international round held in Washington, D.C. in the spring. See the Jessup competition's website for more information.

 

In recent years, we have also had teams compete in the Manfred Lachs Space Moot and the Foreign Direct Investment Moot.

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