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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 and research paper, once students have been accepted in the Master 2. A presentation of the Moot will be made late 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 on their teamwork and their participation as pleaders or arbitrators during the oral practice sessions.

Students who wish to apply to this programme should bear in mind that participation in the Vis Moot requires a significant amount of work and therefore a high level of commitment throughout the whole university year (see the Moot Website

Like prior Moot teams, financing permitting, some students will likely attend pre-moots in Edinburgh and other locations in addition to participating in practice sessions with university teams outside France by videocConference.  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-Secretary General of the Chamber of Arbitration of Marseille for Africa, Asia and Europe (CAMPEAA) –chamber being created (end 2017), arbitrator with chambers in Paris, Vienna and Barcelona.

With additional coaches:

  • Denis Mouralis, Professor (AMU), Arbitrator, Consultant, Counsel for the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP).
  • 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.
  • 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, who has been coaching the IDA’s Vis Moot team on oral expression for 5 years.
  • Paul Frankenstein, In-House Counsel, Oracle (Santa Clara, California). Paul is a member of the Bars of NY and California. He holds an LLM in arbitration from Stockholm University and a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York. Paul is a mootee and has coached the Cardozo Vis Moot team for years. He also coached the Stockholm team and participated in the Hong Kong and Vienna Vis Moots as an arbitrator for many years.


  • IDA Moot Alumni:
    • Claire Morat-Levrin (21st Moot), Claire is currently a trainee lawyer at the Paris Bar school and is interning at the Paris law firm Bird & Bird in Commercial litigation.
    • Stéphanie Elvinger (22nd Moot) Stéphanie currently works as a Luxembourg litigation lawyer at Allen & Overy Luxembourg where she advises on domestic and cross-border litigation and pre-litigation matters within the realm of civil and commercial law. She participated in the 22nd Moot as a member of AMU’s Vis Moot team and in the 24th Vis Moot as an arbitrator.
    • Simon Fitzpatrick (22nd Moot), Simon has worked in litigation law firms in the United States and France, he also interned at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, and hopefully will be starting the EFB in January (2018).

















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