Ron Brand and the Willem Vis International Arbitration Moot
Professor Ronald Brand’s chapter “The Road to Vindabona: Preparing for the Moot” has been published in The Vis Book: A Participant’s Guide to the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot, edited by Professor Janet Walker of Osgoode Hall Law School, and published by JurisNet, LLC. Brand’s chapter provides specific instruction on preparation for the moot competition, which now draws over 200 teams from law schools in over 50 countries. On February 3-10, 2008, Professor Brand traveled to the University of Bahrain with Pitt third year law students Kate Drabecki and Katerina Ossenova to work with the UB student team in preparation for the 2008 Willem Vis International Arbitration Moot to be held during March 2008 in Vienna. Their work was under the auspices of by the Commercial Law Development Program of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, funded by the US Department of State and administered by the US Department of Commerce. University of Bahrain participation in the Vis competition is part of an effort to enhance their law school curriculum in the area of international commercial law and arbitration. The UB students presented a demonstration oral argument on February 10, as the part of the first day of a week-long English for Lawyers course, taught by Pitt Law Professors Teresa Brostoff and Kevin Deasy. Participants in the English for Lawyers course include University of Bahrain students and teaching assistants, as well as faculty and deans from law schools in Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. The University of Bahrain Vis team will meet in Vienna early for practice arguments with the consortium of law schools that works with Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education, which includes schools from Kosovo, Serbia, and Ukraine.