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On February 14th, 2016, a team representing the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law participated in the 9th Vis Japan Pre-Moot Competition held at Doshisha University, Kyoto. The team was awarded the first prize.

by courtesy of Masataka Kyou

Organized by the Japan Arbitration Moot Association, the annual Japan Arbitration Moot Tournament brings together Japanese universities which compete with other universities from all over the globe in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Vienna and Hong Kong. Each year, the competition utilizes a fictional case involving international commercial arbitration on the basis of the Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and changing international rules of arbitration procedure. The participating teams have to prepare two memoranda (one for claimant, one for respondent) and compete in oral hearings before actual arbitrators and other arbitration professionals. The case used in the Japan Pre-Moot Competition is identical to the one used in Vienna and Hong Kong.

by courtesy of Masataka Kyou

Nagoya University Graduate School of Law participates every year since 2014 with some success: besides this year’s first prize in the Japan rounds, the team was awarded first prize in the 8th Vis Japan Arbitration Pre-Moot Competition held in 2015 as well, with additional first and second prizes in the category of individual oralist, and further two Honorable Mentions in the categories of “Best Memorandum for Respondent” and “Best Individual Oralist” in Hong Kong. As this year’s competition in Hong Kong has yet to take place, the team is doing their best to prepare for successfully competing against the other strong teams. In the general rounds, the team will argue against Stanford University, Peking University, University of Hannover and University of Zurich.

Nagoya University Graduate School of Law’s team is led by Professor Yokomizo and Professor Colombo. The team consists of four oralists: Vuthyka MEN (Cambodia, D1), Wan Yi ZHANG (China, NUPACE), Navinth RETHDA (Cambodia, M1) and Rui LIN (China, M1, Leading Graduate School). The team is supported by their coaches, Qi Jun KWONG (Malaysia, M1, Leading Graduate School) and Benjamin RAETZ (Germany, M2), who both participated last year.
The Vis Moot team are indebted to the Leading Graduate Program for granting financial support, without which this undertaking would not have been possible. The team further wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Mr. Satoshi Nakamura of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo, for his most generous donation.

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