Between 6th March and 8th March 2020 Sofia will be hosting at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) its 5th Pre-Moot for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is the biggest international private law competition in the world. It is held annually in Vienna, Austria for the last 27 years. In its edition in 2019 more than 370 teams from 87 countries all around the world were present.
The preparation of a successful team always includes its participation in Pre-Moots, which simulate the atmosphere of the oral hearings in Vienna. The teams are presented with the unique opportunity to meet other competitors, increase their knowledge on the case and develop their presentational skills.
Pre-Moots are anually held in cities such as Milan, New York, Paris, Munich, Belgrade, etc. Thanks to the support of the BCCI Sofia will be hosting its first official Pre-Moot which will be organized by the International Moot Court Competitions Association in Bulgaria.
The event will include the oral hearings of the participating teams as well as a seminar on arbitration which will be conducted by eminent speakers in the field of international arbitration.
We hope you will be interested in the Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020 edition!
1. When and where is Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020 going to take place?
The dates for the Sofia Vis Pre-Moot are 06th March (Friday) and 8th March (Sunday) 2020. It is going to be held in the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) which is located in Sofia, 9 Iskar Str.
2. How does a team apply for Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020?
Sofia Vis Pre-Moot is open for every team, which is participating in the 27th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. A registration form must be filled in and returned via email to email@example.com not later than 15th January 2020.
3. How does a person apply for an arbitrator in Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020?
Sofia Vis Pre-Moot is open for every legal professional, interested in arbitration and the Case of the 26th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. A registration form must be filled in and returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 15th January 2020.
4. Is there a limit on the number of participating teams in Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020?
Because of practical reasons, it may be required to limit the number of participating teams. For this reason, we recommend interested teams to send Registration forms as soon as possible, and in any case not later than 15th January 2020 . They will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. In case the maximum number of teams is reached, we will publish a notice on this website.
5. How many hearings will be held per team during Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020?
The number of the hearings will be conformed with the preferences of every team as far as it is possible. However, we expect at least seven hearings per team to be conducted throughout Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020.
6. Is there a participation fee for Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020?
No, there is not.
Every team is however responsible to cover its accommodation, food, travel and personal expenses. Transportation and stay in Sofia are relatively cheap and easy to be organized.
7. Are the results from Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020 any relevant for the final ranking in Vienna, Austria?
No. Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020 is an educational experience. It aims to prepare teams for their participation in the oral hearings in Vienna by providing them the atmosphere of the Moot itself. Every team will receive feedback on its presentation including by the grades of the arbitrators. Sofia Vis Pre-Moot 2020 will not pronounce a winner.
The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (established in 1895) is an independent, non-governmental organization for assistance, promotion, representation and protection of the business interests of its members, which contributes to the development of international economic cooperation and provides assistance for the European and international integration of the Republic of Bulgaria. The activity of the Chamber is based on the principles of voluntary membership, autonomy and self-financing. BCCI seeks to establish straightforward and ethical relations among the business circles.
Established more than 110 years ago (1897) as a Court of Conciliation at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sofia the AC has heard and settled civil disputes between legal persons at least one of them being seated outside Bulgaria. It began to act as a voluntary arbitration court between natural and/or legal persons domiciled, resp. seated in Republic of Bulgaria since 1989. For the last 20 years only the Arbitration Court has settled about 5,600 cases, natural, resp. legal persons of 40 countries in the world being parties to them.
The International Moot Court Competitions Association (IMCCA) is a Bulgarian NGO that operates in public interest. The organization started in 2009 as a union of lawyers, academics and students from different universities that have participated in international law competitions during the years. IMCCA aims to promote the international moot court competitions among the Bulgarian students as innovative model for legal education. IMCCA participates in the selection and preparation of Bulgarian teams and engages in the fundraising process. IMCCA also organizes workshops and seminars that raise awareness to public international law and European law issues.
For the past four years we have managed to engage five of the leading universities in Bulgaria in our activities. We are expecting two more universities to have their debut in international moot court competitions in 2013-2014 under the supervision of IMCCA. Our ultimate goal is to increase these number and reach as many as law faculties as possible. This will help us to build a network of experts that will be able to coach successful teams in the future.
We are also focused in expanding legal knowledge in public international law, international trade law and EU law. We have a valuable collection of legal materials that are used in the preparation of the teams.
Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital and its largest city. Founded thousands of years ago, today the city continues to develop as the country’s cultural and economic center. At present, the city has a population of 1,250,000.
Sofia is located in the western part of the country, on The Sofia Plain and on the lower slopes of Mount Vitosha.
One of Sofia’s favorite spots for both visitors and residents is Vitosha Boulevard. Here thee are shops carrying world-famous brands, and since it s a pedestrian zone, it a very pleasant place for strolling and relaxation.
The best attraction in Sofia according to TripAdvisor users is the Free Sofia Tour which starts every day at 11am and 6pm in front of the Palace of Justice.