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Conditions of entry

  • The competition will be open to students who participated in either the Vis (East) or the Vis Moot in 2019. 
  • Students will be able to submit an entry either as an individual or as a team. 
  • There will be a USD 100 entry fee per award, payable upon registration.
  • Confirmation of the student or team’s participation in the Vis (East) or Vis Moot is required.
  • Entries will close after the first 30 entries.


  • Students will submit a reasoned, final and enforceable arbitration award based on the Vis Moot problem. The award should address only those issues argued at the Vis Moot.
  • There will be a strict page limit of thirty-five (35) 8½ x 11 inch or A4 typed pages for the award. 
  • Font is to be 12 point Times New Roman. The award is to be typed at 1½ line spacing.  All margins must be at least one inch or 2.5 cm.
  • The award will be submitted in searchable PDF as a single computer file.
  • Faculty advisors, coaches and others may help identify the issues, and comment on the draft awards.  However, as with the written memoranda, the final product must be that of the students, or student if the submission is by an individual.  A personal certification stating that no person other than a Vis participant individual or team member has participated in the writing of the award will be required to be attached to each submission.
  • The winning entry will receive USD 5000, second place will receive USD 2000, third place USD 1000.  The total prize money of USD 8,000 for 2019 has been underwritten by the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • The winning entries will be announced on 1 October 2019, shortly prior to the release of the following year’s Vis problem.


  • The North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Blakeley Advocacy Institute are the  sponsors.
  • Directors of this competition are Professor James Lawrence, FCIArb and Lucy Greenwood, FCIArb.
  • The Directors’ decision on all matters is final.


  • The entries will be marked on a blind basis by a panel of judges based on set grading criteria.