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CUA Law Vis Arbitration Moot Team Begins Fundraising for 2011 Competition


The 10 members of Catholic University’s Vis Arbitration Team can scarcely wait to test themselves against some of the best law schools in the world next April, when the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot fires up for three days of intense argument in Vienna, Austria.
But first, there is a small matter of paying for the trip.
The students got off to a great start on Nov. 12, hosting a fundraising event in Georgetown that netted nearly $1,700 for the cause. Admittance at the door was $10, and the classy venue and lure of cocktail attire drew a good-sized crowd.
“It was a huge success and I think that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” said 2L Michelle Curth, who helped to organize the event. “The money raised decreases our stress level in terms of financing our trip to the Vienna competition in the spring.”
It is a pricey moot in which to compete. Airfare and hotel charges for 10 or more people for a week runs into the thousands of dollars, and previous Vis Arbitration teams have struggled to raise enough money in time.  
The Vis Moot West is the older and somewhat better known of the two Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competitions. It is the chosen competition for CUA Law's 2011 team.  The newer Vis Moot East is conducted in Hong Kong and is essentially the same as its twin in Austria, using the same problem and rules . The CUA team may compete in the Hong Kong moot in 2012.
The goal of the Vis Arbitral Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.
The Vis Moot Competitions—east and west—are the largest in the world, drawing teams from hundreds of law schools in dozens of countries. Catholic University’s Vis Arbitration Teams have done better each successive year they have competed, and the 2010-2011 team hopes to host another fundraiser early in the spring semester to keep its plans on track for the competition.