Awards in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Four Awards are annually given in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna: The Pieter Sanders Award, the Werner Melis Award, the Martin Domke Award and the Frédéric Eisemann Award, the latter being awarded to the best prevailing team in the oral rounds (the "Winner of the Moot").[1]

Pieter Sanders Award for the Best Memorandum for Claimant

The Pieter Sanders Award is given for the Best Memorandum on behalf of the Claimant. During the first three Moots, the Pieter Sanders Award was given for the Best Written Memoranda in support of the positions of Claimant and Respondent. (Subsequently, the Werner Melis Award was introduced as a separate award for the memorandum in support of the Respondent.)

The Award has been named after Professor Pieter Sanders (*1912-2012), who is widely regarded as the "father" of modern international commercial arbitration.[2] He was one of the principal drafters of both the 1958 United Nations Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Award (the "New York Convention") and the 1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Professor Sanders was also founder of the Law Faculty of Erasmus University Rotterdam (where he taught up to his retirement in 1981) and co-founder of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)[3] as well as the Netherlands Arbitration Institute.

In the Second Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held in Vienna in 1995, he served as one of the three arbitrators in the Finals.

Moot Year Winner of the Pieter Sanders Award
1st 1994 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
2nd 1995 University of Basel
3rd 1996 University of Cologne
4th 1997 University of Copenhagen
5th 1998 University of Münster
6th 1999 University of Basel
7th 2000 Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
8th 2001 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
9th 2002 University of Queensland
10th 2003 University of Bonn
11th 2004 tie: Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg; University of Zurich
12th 2005 University of Copenhagen
13th 2006 tie: Columbia University; University of Munich
14th 2007 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
15th 2008 University of California, Berkeley
16th 2009 University of Sydney
17th 2010 University of New South Wales
18th 2011 Stockholm University
19th 2012 tie: Harvard University; University of Zurich
20th 2013 tie: University of Belgrade; University of Munich
21st 2014 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Werner Melis Award for the Best Memorandum for Respondent

The Werner Melis Award is given for the Best Written Memorandum for Respondent. Unlike the three other awards in the Competition, this award did not exist during the first three Moots (1994–1996), but was only introduced in 1997. (During the first three Moots, the Pieter Sanders Award was given for the Best Written Memoranda in support of the positions of Claimant and Respondent.)

The Award has been named after DDr. Werner Melis (* 1935), Honorary President of the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Vienna),[4] Honorary Vice-President of International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a long-time supporter of the Vis Arbitration Moot.

The award is traditionally presented by Dr. Melis himself during the awards banquet concluding each Vienna Arbitration Moot.[5]

Moot Year Winner of the Werner Melis Award
1st 1994 -
2nd 1995 -
3rd 1996 -
4th 1997 Deakin University
5th 1998 University of Münster
6th 1999 University of Basel
7th 2000 Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
8th 2001 University of Zagreb
9th 2002 University of Mainz
10th 2003 University of Cologne
11th 2004 National University of Singapore
12th 2005 Humboldt University of Berlin
13th 2006 University of Munich
14th 2007 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
15th 2008 University of Heidelberg
16th 2009 Stockholm University
17th 2010 University of New South Wales
18th 2011 tie: Queen's University; University of St. Gallen
19th 2012 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
20th 2013 National University of Singapore
21st 2014 University of Fribourg

Martin Domke Award for the Best Individual Oralist during the General Rounds

The Martin Domke Award is awarded to the Best Individual Oralist during the general rounds. This award for the general rounds of the Competition (i.e. the four oral hearings of each team on Saturday through Tuesday) will be won by the individual advocate with the highest average score during these rounds. To be eligible for this award a participant must have argued at least once for the Claimant and once for the Respondent.

The Award has been named after Martin Domke (1892–1980), Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University and a well-known scholar of international arbitration. Professor Domke was Vice President of the American Arbitration Association for 25 years and served as editor in chief of the then Arbitration Journal (now the Dispute Resolution Journal). He also was the author of Commercial Arbitration, published in 1965, and The Law and Practice of Commercial Arbitration, published in 1968.

Moot Year Winners of the Martin Domke Award
1st 1994 1st place - Gregor Kirchhof, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

2nd place - William Spiegelberger, Columbia University
3rd place (tie) - Larisa Malakoff, Columbia University and
Neil Oberman, Laval University

2nd 1995 1st place - Chantal Niggemann, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

2nd place - Neil Katz, Laval University
3rd place - Dennis Zervillis, University of Copenhagen

3rd 1996 1st place - Kay-Jannes Wegner, University of Cologne

2nd place - Mr. Friedrich Blase, University of Cologne
3rd place (tie) - Mr. Sebastian Semran, University of Cologne and
Ms. Kelly Longton, Deakin University

4th 1997 1st place - Camilla Andersen, University of Copenhagen

2nd place - Corinne Widmer, University of Basel
3rd place - Daniel Kalderimis, Victoria University of Wellington

5th 1998 1st place - Biljana Dischlieva, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel

2nd place - Julia Tilgen, Albert-Ludwigs University
3rd place - John Bona, University of Queensland

6th 1999 1st place - Carmen Klein, University of Cologne

2nd place - Martin Illmer, Johannes Gutenberg University
3rd place (tie) - Peter James Black, University of Queensland and
Martina Peric, University of Zagreb

7th 2000 1st place - Jan Stemplewitz, University of Münster

2nd place - Philipp Schulte, Westfälische-Wilhelms-University
3rd place - Sarah Catherine Holland, University of Queensland

8th 2001 1st place - Trevor Stockinger, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

2nd place - Ivana Radic, University of Rijeka
3rd place - Michael Karschau, University of Kiel

9th 2002 1st place (tie) - Marion Alice Jane Isobel, University of Queensland and
Robina Kaye, University of Montpellier

3rd place - Mitja Kocmut, University of Ljubljana

10th 2003 1st place (tie)- Andrew Molnar, Deakin University and
Simun Soljo, University of New South Wales

3rd place - Lim Wei Lee, National University of Singapore

11th 2004 1st place - Alexey Konovalov, Mari State University

2nd place (tie) - Nawel Bailey, McGill University;
Dominic Müller, University of Heidelberg; and
Metka Potocnik, University of Ljubljana

12th 2005 1st place - tie: Charmaine Roberts, University of New South Wales and
Anna-Maria Tamminen, University of Vienna

2nd place - Richard May, Victoria University of Wellington
3rd place (tie) - Philip James Furniss, University of Ottawa and
Sarah Santiago, Syracuse University

13th 2006 1st place - Sonu Dhanju, Osgoode Hall Law School

2nd place (tie) - Shonagh Margaret Brown, University of Aarhus;
Erik Eastaugh, University of Ottawa;
Kristen Miller, Franklin Pierce Law Center;
Christopher Nahler, University of Vienna; and
Edward Russell, Monash University

14th 2007 1st place - Steven Wayne Hopkins, Southern Methodist University

2nd place - Jason Stearns, Stetson University
3rd place - David Quayat, University of Ottawa

15th 2008 1st place - Lennart Beckhaus, University of Münster

2nd place - Michael Lederer, University of Vienna
3rd place (tie) - Jerald Hess, American University;
Shen Narayanasamy, Monash University; and
Tariq Rangwala, Osgoode Hall Law School

16th 2009 1st place - Oliver Jones, The Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn

2nd place - Sarah Wright, University of California
3rd place - Alexander Fawke, Monash University

17th 2010 1st place - Antonia Füller, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

2nd place (tie) - Gregory Dixon, Duke University and
Aashni Dalal, London School of Economics

18th 2011 1st place - Robin von Olshausen, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

2nd place - Ethan A. Minshull, Tulane University
3rd place (tie) - Douglas Alexander Cordeiro, Panthéon-Assas University and
William Glaser, Pepperdine University

19th 2012 1st place - Laura Liefländer, University of Hamburg

2nd place - Bastian Nill, University of Freiburg
3rd place (tie) - William Crowe, Fordham University;
Newton Mak, Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Malgorzata Pohl, University of Silesia;
Angelina Sgier, University of Zurich; and
Genavieve Shingle, Pace University

20th 2013 1st place - Kristen Holman, University of Ottawa

2nd place - Lauren Watts, University of Washington
3rd place (tie) - Abby St. Hilaire, University of Washington and
Brie Coyle, University of Washington

21st 2014 1st place - Samuel Song, University of San Diego

2nd place - Paulo Sergio De Albuquerque Coehlo Filho,
University of Sao Paulo Largo San Francisco
3rd place - Andres Sandoval, University of Florida

Frédéric Eisemann Award for the Best Team Orals (Winner of the Moot)

The winner of the oral rounds at Vienna is awarded the Frédéric Eisemann Award for the best prevailing team in the oral rounds. It is the most prestigious award in the Competition (designating the "Winner of the Moot").

The Award has been named after Frédéric Eisemann (born 1908), the highly respected former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (1947–1973).[6]

Moot Year Winner of the Frédéric Eisemann Award
1st 1994 Columbia University
2nd 1995 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
3rd 1996 Cornell University
4th 1997 University of Queensland
5th 1998 University of Münster
6th 1999 Deakin University
7th 2000 University of Queensland
8th 2001 Monash University
9th 2002 National University of Singapore
10th 2003 National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
11th 2004 Osgoode Hall Law School
12th 2005 Stetson University
13th 2006 Queen Mary, University of London
14th 2007 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
15th 2008 Carlos III University of Madrid
16th 2009 Victoria University of Wellington
17th 2010 King's College London
18th 2011 University of Ottawa
19th 2012 Nalsar University of Law
20th 2013 City University of Hong Kong
21st 2014 Deakin University

Award-Winning Teams (1994-2014)

In the 21 years the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot has been conducted in Vienna, a total of 89 awards have been given:

  • 25 Pieter Sanders Awards (in 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2013 there was a tie, so two awards were given in those years),
  • 19 Werner Melis Awards (this award did not exist until the 4th Moot in 1997, while in 2011 there was a tie),
  • 24 Martin Domke Awards (three ties, in 2002, 2003 and 2005) and
  • 21 Frédéric Eisemann Awards.[7]

Out of the approximately 320 universities that have sent teams to the Vis Moot in the past, only 46 have ever received an award (or more).

The List of Award-Winning Teams shown in the table below only covers the actual awards, not second and third places or honorable mentions. It counts all awards given since the inaugural Vis Moot held in 1994 up to the 21st Vis Moot in 2014.

The Rank is based on the overall number of awards collected by the teams representing each university over the years (Award Total). It not only includes the Sanders Awards, the Melis Awards and the Eisemann Awards, but also the Domke Awards, although the latter award is technically given to an individual member of the team, not the team as a whole. Teams are ranked first by the number of Eisemann Awards received (since this Award designates the overall winner of the moot), followed by the number of other awards won. Furthermore, teams which have received a team award (Sanders and Melis Awards) are ranked higher than those teams which have not (i.e. where a team member has received a Domke Award).

Rank Team Country Sanders Melis Domke Eisemann (Moot Winner) Award Total
1 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg Germany 4 2 4 2 12
2 Deakin University Australia 0 1 1 2 4
2 University of Queensland Australia 1 0 1 2 4
4 University of Münster Germany 1 1 2 1 5
5 National University of Singapore Singapore 0 2 0 1 3
6 Columbia University United States 1 0 0 1 2
7 Osgoode Hall Law School Canada 0 0 1 1 2
7 University of Ottawa Canada 0 0 1 1 2
9 Carlos III University of Madrid Spain 0 0 0 1 1
9 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 0 0 0 1 1
9 Cornell University United States 0 0 0 1 1
9 King's College London United Kingdom 0 0 0 1 1
9 Monash University Australia 0 0 0 1 1
9 National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata India 0 0 0 1 1
9 Nalsar University of Law India 0 0 0 1 1
9 Queen Mary, University of London United Kingdom 0 0 0 1 1
9 Stetson University United States 0 0 0 1 1
9 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand 0 0 0 1 1
19 Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg Germany 2 2 0 0 4
20 University of Cologne Germany 1 1 2 0 4
20 University of New South Wales Australia 1 1 2 0 4
22 University of Basel Switzerland 2 1 0 0 3
22 University of Munich Germany 2 1 0 0 3
24 University of Copenhagen Denmark 2 0 1 0 3
25 Stockholm University Sweden 1 1 0 0 2
25 University of Zurich Switzerland 2 0 0 0 2
27 University of Belgrade Serbia 1 0 0 0 1
27 University of Bonn Germany 1 0 0 0 1
27 University of California, Berkeley United States 1 0 0 0 1
27 University of Fribourg Switzerland 0 1 0 0 1
27 Harvard University United States 1 0 0 0 1
27 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany 0 1 0 0 1
27 University of Mainz Germany 0 1 0 0 1
27 Queen's University Canada 0 1 0 0 1
27 University of St. Gallen Switzerland 0 1 0 0 1
27 University of Sydney Australia 1 0 0 0 1
27 University of Zagreb Croatia 0 1 0 0 1
38 University of Hamburg Germany 0 0 1 0 1
38 Christian Albrechts University of Kiel Germany 0 0 1 0 1
38 The Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn United Kingdom 0 0 1 0 1
38 Loyola Law School Los Angeles United States 0 0 1 0 1
38 Mari State University Russia 0 0 1 0 1
38 University of Montpellier France 0 0 1 0 1
38 University of San Diego United States 0 0 1 0 1
38 Southern Methodist University United States 0 0 1 0 1
38 University of Vienna Austria 0 0 1 0 1

Most Awards and Mentions

This table lists the team(s) that received the highest number of awards, 2nd or 3rd placings and honorable mentions for all four Awards in a given year.

Moot Year Awards Team(s)
1st 1994 4 Columbia University
2nd 1995 3 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
3rd 1996 5 University of Cologne
4th 1997 4 University of Cologne
5th 1998 6 University of Münster
6th 1999 4 tie: Deakin University; University of Zagreb
7th 2000 5 University of Queensland
8th 2001 6 University of Münster
9th 2002 6 tie: University of Cologne; University of Münster
10th 2003 5 tie: University of Cologne; University of Copenhagen;
Deakin University; Humboldt University of Berlin
11th 2004 4 tie: Panthéon-Assas University; Loyola University, Chicago;
Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg; University of Ljubljana
12th 2005 7 University of Vienna
13th 2006 5 tie: Columbia University; University of Vienna;
Queen Mary, University of London
14th 2007 5 Stetson University
15th 2008 6 tie: University of Hamburg; Stetson University
16th 2009 5 tie: King's College London; McGill University
17th 2010 6 tie: Harvard University; University of Vienna
18th 2011 6 tie: University of Hamburg; University of New South Wales
19th 2012 7 tie: University of Belgrade; Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg;
University of Hamburg
20th 2013 6 Columbia University
21st 2014 5 tie: Aarhus University; Chinese University of Hong Kong;
University of Fribourg

Awards and Mentions in Every Category

The following table lists the universities that won awards, 2nd and 3rd placings or honorable mentions in all 4 Award categories in a given year.

Moot Year Team(s)
1st 1994 Columbia University; Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
2nd 1995 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
3rd 1996 University of Cologne
4th 1997 University of Cologne
5th 1998 University of Münster
6th 1999 None
7th 2000 University of Queensland
8th 2001 None
9th 2002 University of Cologne; University of Münster;
University of Queensland
10th 2003 University of Cologne; University of Copenhagen;
Humboldt University of Berlin
11th 2004 Loyola University, Chicago
12th 2005 University of Heidelberg; University of Ottawa;
University of Vienna
13th 2006 University of Cologne; Columbia University;
Queen Mary, University of London; University of Vienna
14th 2007 None
15th 2008 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg; Harvard University
16th 2009 King's College London; McGill University;
University of Munich; University of Münster;
Stockholm University
17th 2010 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg; Humboldt University of Berlin;
University of Munich; University of Ottawa;
University of Vienna
18th 2011 Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg; University of Fribourg;
University of Hamburg; University of New South Wales;
University of Ottawa; Pace University
19th 2012 University of Belgrade; Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg;
University of Hamburg; Harvard University;
London School of Economics; University of Munich;
University of Münster; Singapore Management University;
Stockholm University
20th 2013 Columbia University; National University of Singapore
21st 2014 Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of Fribourg

See also

References

  1. ^ Rules of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  2. ^ See B.E. Shipman, "Professor Pieter Sanders", International Law FORUM du droit international (2000), 41-44
  3. ^ Information about Professor Sanders on ICCA's Homepage, including a Video interview
  4. ^ http://www.internationales-schiedsgericht.at/en.html
  5. ^ Video: Dr. Melis announces the winner of the Werner Melis Award in the 12th Moot 2005
  6. ^ Cf. Hommage à Frédéric Eisemann - Liber Amicorum, Paris: Chambre de Commerce Internationale (1978)
  7. ^ List of Past Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moots

External links

  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna (Official Website)
  • Moot Alumni Association (MAA), the Alumni Association of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
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