International commercial arbitration requires a specific cadre of legal experts able to engage with the parties involved and understand the specific international principles and laws at stake. Considering the specialized nature of arbitration, the importance of efficiency in trade, and the constant global trend toward alternative dispute resolution, there is a critical need to address this issue at its core, starting with improving legal education in international commercial law and arbitration throughout BiH law schools.
The Association, in cooperation with the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce (CLDP), launched the B&H Vis Moot Program in 2014. The aim of the program is to have each of the eight public law faculties incorporate commercial law and arbitration into their curricula through the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition (Vis Moot) and in the form of a special course.
At the moment four BiH faculties are taking part in Vis Moot: Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, Mostar and Zenica. All faculties are at a different level of implementing the Vis Moot, which mainly depends on their financial and human resources. Accordingly, the type and form of support that the Association provides differs from faculty to faculty. In general terms, support is three-fold:
- First, the Association assists faculties in institutionalizing the Vis Moot. The focus is on introducing arbitration as an optional course at the universities which will benefit the participants of the competition, but also other students who show interest in this subject matter.
- Second, the Association coaches and advises faculty staff and students/team members throughout their preparation for the Vis Moot. This includes, for example, preparatory courses on commercial law and international commercial arbitration, organizing trainings for students and faculty staff on persuasive legal writing and oral advocacy, and accompanying the teams to Vienna.
- Third, the Association assists faculties in securing financial resources for taking part in regional pre-moots. This includes expanding the network of local law firms and businesses, including them in the preparation for Vis Moot, and finally advocating for financial support as well as potential employment after graduation.
From 2010 until 2014/2015, the Association created a pool of young professionals. Vis Moot has shown to be crucial in their personal and professional growth. Some of our alumni are currently working in leading law firms and international organizations, while others pursue their education abroad where they continue to achieve remarkable results.