22nd Annual McLean Lecture In International Law and Documentary Screening: Afghan Dreams

Professor Eric E. Bergsten

Date and Times: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Join Professor Eric E. Bergsten, former senior legal officer and secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, for the 22nd Annual McClean Lecture in International Law at Pitt Law. This lecture, "The Genesis and Development of the Vis Moot: A Platform for Global Legal Education and the Rule of Law" will occur Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom at Pitt Law (3900 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260). The program will end with a screening of the 2015 documentary Afghan Dreams. This is a documentary that shows the perseverence and empowerment of four women from Afghanistan who travel from Afghanistan to the Hong Kong Vis Moot and receive training from CILE.

A reception in the Alcoa Room for all attendees will follow the lecture.

From the poster: Professor Eric E. Bergsten has taught commercial law at Fordham University, the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and Pace University. He served for 16 years with the United Nations, where he was senior legal officer and then secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade law. From 1985 to 1991, he was chief of the International Trade Law Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs. Most importantly, Bergsten developed and for 20 years administered the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which has been held annually for the past 22 years in Vienna, Austria. Nearly 300 law schools from approximately 70 countries participate in the Vis Moot each year.

Bergsten will discuss how the Vis Moot was developed and how it now serves as a platform for legal education throughout the world. Following his lecture, Ronald A. Brand, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and director of Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will explain how Pitt Law and CILE have expanded the use of the Vis Moot platform to develop the international commercial law and arbitration curricula in nearly 20 countries.