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IDIA Scholar shines at Vis East

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The following post was written by IDIA scholar Shivam. He is a student of NUJS, Kolkata and his team recently reached the semifinals of the prestigious Vis East Moot Court Competition.


It was 19th September 2014, when the result for moot internals at NUJS was released and I was selected to go for the 12th Willem C. Vis (East) ICA Moot. A total number of 108 law schools from all over the world participated in the 12th edition in which the NUJS team featured in top four teams.

The moot proposition was released during the October vacation, and started preparing for it immediately. Working for the moot itself was an enjoyable experience as the problem was very practical; it was a perfect blend of arbitration and commercial law. In this year’s edition of the problem, the procedural aspect of the dispute is based on the Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), while the substance of the dispute centers around the interpretation and application of the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

The oral rounds were more interesting, as we had to plead in front of practicing arbitrators from different countries and jurisdiction (common law and civil law). I learnt new things in every single rough right down to the semifinals. En-route we faced touch challenge from teams from New York University, Florida University, Chicago University and the likes

Apart from the moot there were a number of fancy dinners, parties and ferry rides. One of the most interesting part was that we met a lot of people, both participating teams and arbitrators, and I enjoyed explaining to them about the legal system in India and the law relating to arbitration. It was a six month process altogether, but I should say it was a very challenging experience, as it taught us a lot.

At last, I would like to thank Shamnad Sir and the whole IDIA family for being so supportive, this would not have been possible without your help. Had it not been the relentless support of the IDIA family, financial or otherwise, I would have never been able to participate in such competitions.

Original author: Diwakar Kishore

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