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IDA’s Vis Moot Programme (Masters 2 International, DJCE)

Preparation for the Vis Moot is handled within a graded option entitled International Litigation. The Moot case study is used in courses notably on International Arbitration and the CISG.  The selection process for the option will be done through an interview, once students have been accepted in the Master 2. A presentation of the Moot will be made likely on the first day of class in September.

All students selected to be in the option become members of the Moot team. Participation will be limited. Students will be graded on their work on the memoranda and participation and team work in the oral part as pleaders or arbitrators in practice sessions.

The time commitment for the Moot preparation is high, requiring an informed decision to pursue the programme (see the Moot Website

Like prior Moot teams, financing permitting, some students will attend pre-moots in Edinburgh and other locations in addition to participating in practice sessions with University teams outside France by Video Conference.  Students will need to help raise funds for these trips. Usually four students attend the Moot in Vienna, with 2, 3 or all 4 of them pleading.

The international litigation programme is run by:

  • Peter McQueen, Arbitrator and Mediator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Lecturer/Co-Chair of the International Litigation Programme at IDA, Aix Marseille University, former partner and head of the international trade and transport practice of Blake Dawson, Australia and lawyer admitted in Australia and England and Wales,, and,
  • William Peterson, Partner, Ringle, Roy & Associates and Lecturer/Co-Chair of the International Litigation Programme at IDA, Aix-Marseille University, Member of the Bars of Marseille and California, Co-chair of the International Commission of the Bar of Marseille.

Withadditional coaches:

  • Yann Guermonprez, Head of Corporate & Business Development, AIRBUS Helicopters, formerly with Fenwick Elliott (London) & White & Case (Paris). Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and to the Paris bar.
  • Paul Desorgues, Retired English Professor (writing assistance and oral practice).
  • Olivier Broussais, Associate at Abeille Associés, former trainee for the International Arbitration Group of Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance in Paris and former clerk for the PIL and Arbitration Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal. Olivier also worked and studied in London (U.K), St Gallen (Switzerland) and Shanghai (China). 
  • Johanna Schwartz Miralles, Johanna holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where she participated as a member of Harvard’s Vis Moot team (2007-08, 2008-09). Johanna practiced as a litigator with Jones Day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She recently moved to France with her husband, who hails from Aix-en-Provence and is pursuing a PhD at AMU.

IDA’s International Commercial Law Master 2 was recently rated among the best Masters in Law in France by Challenge Magazine (dated 11 to 17 April 2013).


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