March 26, 2018 — The Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center is extending its global reach by launching an international commercial arbitration award writing competition in partnership with two, non-profit Alternative Dispute Resolution organizations with worldwide membership.
The new "Write the Award" competition will be open to students from around the world who compete in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition. The North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators will award the winning student's school $5,000. The schools of the second and third place finishers will receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.
The Blakely Advocacy Institute provides Law Center students the opportunity to integrate substantive knowledge with practical skill. In addition to sending student teams to competitions across the country and abroad, the institute hosts the annual Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Moot Court National Championship which draws the nation's 16 top teams based on a point system to determine the best of the best.
The North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution are co-sponsors of the new award competition.
The CIArb provides education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators and serves as an international center for practitioners, policy makers, academics, and those in business concerned with the cost-effective and early settlement of disputes. The Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution advocates for increased diversity in the international dispute resolution community.
The Vis moot competition is designed to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration and train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution to resolve international disputes. The competition, held in Vienna each year, draws more than 325
teams from around the world. The Vis (East), held each year in Hong Kong, had 127 teams this year.
Students who competed in the Vis competition may visit here for further information and to register for the competition.