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23. edycja

Członkowie Drużyny:
- Magdalena Rudzka
- Martyna Kasperska
- Małgorzata Michno
- Olga Marcinkowska
- Katarzyna Sowa

Trenerzy Drużyny:

- Małgorzata Pohl
- Natalia Otlinger
- Bartosz Jędryszczyk

Reprezentacja WPiA napisała dwa pisma procesowe: Memorandum for Claimant (10.12.2015 r.)
i Memorandum for Respondent (19.01.2016 r.) odpowiadając na pismo procesowe drużyny z Uniwersytetu w Mannheim.


Drużyna wzięła udział w 3 premootach odbywających się w: Brnie 6 - 7.02.2016 r., Pradze 4 - 6.03.2016 r., Warszawie 12 - 13.03.2016 r. (III miejsce + III miejsce w kategorii Najlepszy Mówca dla Magdaleny Rudzkiej i Martyny Kasperskiej) oraz w finale w Wiedniu od 17 - 25.03.2016 r.

Podczas finału członkowie Drużyny WPiA (Magdalena Rudzka, Martyna Kasperska, Małgorzata Michno) zmierzyli się z reprezentantami szkół: Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University z Indii, Pace University ze Stanów Zjednoczonych, University of Mannheim z Niemiec oraz Masaryk University z Czech.

22. Edycja

Członkowie Drużyny:
- Bartosz Jędryszczyk
- Tomasz Chabrzyk

- Justyna Gumuła - Kędracka
- Natalia Otlinger
- Karolina Scheller
- Mateusz Siwy

Trenerzy Drużyny:
- Małgorzata Pohl
- Małgorzata Lubelska-Sazanów
- Szczęsny Kaźmierczak
- Angelika Bednarska

Studenci brali udział w Pre-Mootach w Warszawie (III miejsce), Hanowerze, Rydze (I miejsce + I miejsce dla Natalii Otlinger w kategorii ,,Najlepszy Mówca’’), Berlinie, Dusseldorfie oraz Belgradzie.
Reprezentacja WPiA napisała dwa pisma procesowe: Memorandum for Claimant (111.12.2014) i Memorandum for Respondent  (22.01.2015) odpowiadając na pismo procesowe drużyny z FGV Rio Law School z Brazylii.

Podczas finału członkowie Drużyny WPiA (Natalia Otlinger, Karolina Scheller) zmierzyli się z reprezentantami szkół: Berkeley University of California ze Stanów Zjednoczonych, Victoria University of Wellington z Nowej Zelandii, FGV RioLaw School University z Brazylii oraz University of Buenos Aires z Argentyny.

Warto dodać, że podczas Konkursu Pre-Moot w Belgradzie, który odbywał się w dniach 20-22 marca 2015 r. Drużyna WPiA UŚ była oceniana przez jeden z największych autorytetów w dziedzinie międzynarodowego arbitrażu - Panią prof. Margaret M. Moses z Loyola University Chicago. Podczas finału konkursu w Wiedniu, który odbył się w dniach 27 marca – 2 kwietnia 2015 drużyna została uhonorowana Nagrodą Stowarzyszenia Alumnów Moota za najbardziej wyróżniającą się drużynę.

21. edycja

Członkowie Drużyny:
- Tomasz Chabrzyk
- Bartosz Jędryszczyk
- Natalia Otlinger

Trenerzy:
- Małgorzata Pohl
- Maria Łabno
- Joanna Zielińska

Premooty: Drużyna przygotowywała się do finału w Wiedniu poprzez udział w trzech Pre-Mootach w Warszawie, Berlinie oraz Pradze.


W Finale dwudziestej pierwszej edycji Konkursu Vis Moot, Drużyna WPiA UŚ powróciła z Finału w Wiedniu z wyróżnieniem „Honorable Mention” dla Najlepszej Drużyny. Finał odbył się w dniach 11 -18 kwietnia 2014 r. w Wiedniu. Spośród 297 uniwersytetów z 66 krajów biorących udział w Konkursie – Drużyna Uniwersytetu Śląskiego (Tomasz Chabrzyk, Bartosz Jędryszczyk) dostała się do Finału Konkursu – do tzw. finałowej „64-czwórki”! Nie udało się to nigdy wcześniej drużynie UŚ. Dla porównania, warto także dodać, że do Finału ‘64nie dotarły takie Uniwersytety jak: Harward czy Yale. Co za tym idzie, nasza Drużyna wzbogaciła kolekcję rok w rok przywożonych nagród o wyróżnienie Honorable Mention” w kategorii Frédéric Eisemann Award, która jest przyznawana za najlepsze drużynowe wystąpienia ustne.


Return from the “Relief of Vienna” – 19th Willem C. Vis Moot – report which is still live.

... like the Polish winged cavalryfor the University of Silesia!

On Good Friday, 6th April 2012 Anno Domini, the Team of brave and courageous law students under the flag of the University of Silesia, Vis Moot Team Silesia, returned from Vienna, where the Great Final of the international contest 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot was held from 29th March to 5th April 2012.

The Team of the University of Silesia consisted of 9 contestants, students of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia: Michał Bienias, Piotr Koch, Bartosz Kubista, Maria Łabno, Katarzyna Matusiak, Magdalena Pawlik, Małgorzata Pohl, Katarzyna Taborek, Joanna Zielińska, and 4 coaches: Dominika Durchowska, Alicja Zielińska, Bartosz Krupa and Sławomir Lebioda.Prof. UŚ dr hab. Ewa Rott-Pietrzyk tried to coordinate the select company in Vienna as the academic supervisor of the Team (as can be seen below – successfully).

The Team has brought two awards!

  1. Thanks to the first one, we have become an inherent part of the history of Vis Moot as the most recognisable Team, and the word of the “University of Silesia” spreads across all the best universities and faculties of law in the world with good effect,
    i.e. everyone wants to know us and to be friends with us! The “
    MAA Joseph Schwartz Award for Academic Excellence and Party Condition 2012” is granted to the team which uses Vis Moot also for building relations with law students, academics and practitioners, both on the social and professional planes.
    In other words: we are the coolest University out of 285! = ) The credit goes not only to the
    Vis Moot Team of the University of Silesia, but also to the former participants in the Contest: a handful of our students and graduates of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia! Special thanks to Ewelina Bogiel, Dominika Durchowska, Ewelina Wyraz, Alicja Zielińska, Paweł Grabarczyk, Bartosz Krupa, Sławomir Lebioda and Marcin Sroga, who come to support
    the fresh blood in the battles of Vienna every year! Thanks to this award and Vis Moot battles, we were able to establish the first academic and professional relations which pay off in the professional future and to build solid foundations for the future professional career.
  2. The other award is an individual distinction. The 3rd place and the Martin Domke Award for Best Individual Oralist for Małgorzata Pohl. It means that Małgorzatadefeated a lot more than 1,100 best orators from across the world, including native speakers from the United States (e.g. from the top world universities, i.e. Harvard and Yale University), Great Britain and Australia. It is an unprecedented result and success which is usually achieved only by native speakers! Małgorzata pitted herself in the general rounds against teams from the Columbia Law School from the USA and the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro from Brazil. The panel of arbiters included eminent professors (e.g. Prof. Loukas Mistelis) from different countries, including the USA, France, Germany and Belgium, and practitioners from outstanding international offices. Please remember that all stages of the contest were held in the English language. We congratulate Ms Małgorzata on her excellent legal skills!

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is one of the largest and the most prestigious international contests for law students in the world. It has been organised every year since 1993 by, among others, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Pace University New York and the University of Vienna. On account of the number of people involved, prestige and spectacular organisational scale,
the contest is called, not without a reason, the “
Olympic Games for Lawyers”.

This year 285 teams from 71 countries participated in the contest, from teams from our neighbouring countries of the Old Continent, to teams from countries of both Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Within the framework of a simulation of an arbitration hearing conducted in English, the participants in the contest must demonstrate knowledge of legal issues connected with arbitration and international trade, and display oratorical skills, necessary for effective defence of their client’s position. The task of the orator is to make the professionals in the arbitration tribunal warm to their position, refute the opponent’s arguments in a competent way and answer the arbiters’ questions. It is all based on an extensive and complex case (link to this year’s case:http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu/cisg/moot/moot19.pdf). The contest consists of two parts: written and oral. The moot problem is announced on the official website of the contest (http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu/vis.html) at the beginning of October each year (since 1994). First, on the basis of the problem (case), students prepare two procedural writs for their clients, and then they represent them at arbitration hearings: on behalf of the claimant (Memorandum for Claimant) and the respondent (Memorandum for Respondent). This work is not only about preparation of appropriate argumentation, but also about looking for decisions made by domestic and arbitration courts in similar cases, and supporting one’s theses by extensive specialist literature. Then, the students personate the respondent and prepare a reply to the claimant’s procedural writ sent from another university (Memorandum for Respondent).

* More information on Vis Moot can be found in our bookmark Willem C. Vis Moot: http://www.wpia.us.edu.pl/vis-moot.

On 29th March 2012 the representatives of the University of Silesia went to Vienna.
The contest started with an official opening and welcoming ceremony for the teams at the Konzerthaus – Vienna Concert Hall. After the official opening ceremony, the organisers, contestants with their couches, and arbiters and sponsors, numbering over 2,500 people, participated in an elegant banquet. The General Rounds, i.e. contest rivalry among all teams which lasted 4 days, started on the following day.

This year we pitted ourselves against teams from Brazil (University of the State of Rio de Janeiro), India (School of Excellence in Law), Mexico (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey) and theUSA (Columbia Law School). At the oral stage of the contest the University of Silesia was represented by: Bartosz Kubista, Maria Łabno, Katarzyna Matusiak, Małgorzata Pohl and Joanna Zielińska.

The contest lasted from October 2011 to April 2012. In the course of intensive preparations for the Contest the Team met countless times and they worked in the evenings, at nights and at the weekends. The couches, most of whom are practising lawyers, helped the Team sometime between writing appeals and going to court. The contestants say: “We don’t know how many parties, coffees, dates, outings to the cinema, family Sunday dinners or other social gatherings we missed… We won’t lie, if we say that it cost us a lot of sweat, blood and tears ...”.

The trial part of this year’s edition of the contest focused, among others, on the problem of admissibility of exclusion of the party’s attorney-in-fact due to a conflict of interests between the attorney-in-fact and a member of the arbitration tribunal adjudicating on the case and on the influence of an offence (bribe) on the arbitration trial in connection with, for example, the public order clause. The convention part of the contest [convention, i.e. the Vienna Convention: United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)] concerned, among others, the significance of force majeure when assessing improper performance of an agreement by either party (breach of agreement) and the issue of legitimacy of compensation, its scope and elements, the method of its calculation, and the obligation to reduce the scope of damage. (link to this year’s moot problem: http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu/cisg/moot/moot19.pdf).

After completing the work on the procedural writs, the Team started to prepare for the second part of the contest, i.e. oral presentations. The Team managed to go to a few pre-moots (preparation contests before the Final in Vienna). The Team attended, among others,
the pre-moots in: Warsaw,
Prague, Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg and Stockholm.

It was at the preparatory contest in Stockholm that our Team represented by Maria Łabno and Joanna Zielińska took the 2nd place and outdistanced, among others, the King’s College from London, as well as the team from Helsinki, Stockholm, Milan and Tbilisi.

Apart from the preparation contests (pre-moots), the Team met at the Faculty of Law of the University of Silesia, and the Team’s arbitrators were Professor Ewa Rott-Pietrzyk and outstanding coaches: DominikaDurchowska, Alicja Zielińska, Bartosz Krupa and Sławomir Lebioda. Special thanks for guest visits, willingness to help and hear our arguments during the preparations for the oral part of the contest to Ewelina Wyraz, Marcin Barczyk, Tomasz Andrzej Kordys, Bartłomiej Panfil, Marcin Sroga and Dr Maciej Zachariasiewicz.

There are so many people to thank for help in our battles!

  • We thank our Academic Supervisor Prof. UŚ dr hab. Ewa Rott-Pietrzyk. Apart from valuable substantive help, we thank her for the loads of positive energy and belief in us, which gave us a boost!

  • We thank Professor dr hab. Maksymilian Pazdan for becoming the Academic Patron of our Team.

  • We thank Professor dr hab. Wojciech Popiołek and the Department of Civil and Private International Law for taking us under the wings of the Department without any hesitation and for keeping their fingers crossed for us.

  • We thank our Dean, Professor dr hab. Zygmunt Tobor, for his great and exceptional support, also of financial nature!

  • We thank the Facultas Iuridica Foundation and the Sponsors, without whose support the preparation trips and the trip to Vienna would not have been possible!

  • We thank the Law Firm Linklaters Wiśniewski and Partners.

  • Special thanks are also due to the Law Firm A.D.P. Popiołek, Advocates and Advisers.

  • We would like to thank the Katowicka Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna S.A.

  • Great thanks also to the Młynarczyk, Puchała Legal Advisers' Office and the Machcińska and Partners Legal Advisers' Office!

  • We thank the employees of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia and security guards for understanding, when after hard work we often left the Faculty at night-time, when all decent people were asleep…

  • We thank our dear Photographer, without whom we would not have such wonderful and professional photos! We thank and owe a debt of gratitude to our wonderful friend who supports the Vis Team of the University of Silesia, Ewelina Wyraz, our fifth-year law student who also participated in the eighteenth edition of the Willem C. Vis Contest. (You are welcome to visit the photo gallery on the website of the Faculty of Law and Administration, where you may admire Ewelina’s work!)

  • The Team has the honour of thanking Mr Nick Faulkner! We thank him for cooperation, invaluable help and patience with us in the written part of the Contest. Mr Faulkner is a professional proofreader who helps academics and practitioners in Poland. We feel privileged, thank you Nick! 

  • Last but not least, Great Thanks to the Team Coaches! We thank Alicja Zielińska, Dominika Durchowska, Bartosz Krupa and Sławomir Lebioda. Thank you for the countless hours of your precious time devoted to us pro publico bono!

  • We thank many others who supported and helped us! Thank you all for support, belief in us and for keeping your fingers crossed!

  • Special thanks and regards to Dr Maciej Zachariasiewicz! It was thanks to the work and commitment of Dr Zachariasiewicz that the University of Silesia in Katowice was the first Polish academic centre whose students participated in this prestigious contest. Thus, Dr Maciej Zachariasiewicz became the “Father of Vis Moot” in Poland. The Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia owes him
    the beautiful tradition of participation of students of the Faculty of Law and Administration in the contest. Thank you for instilling in us the spirit of “Vis Moot”!

We encourage you to “like” our Team on Facebook. You will find us by writing “Vis Moot Team Silesia” in the fb search engine.

CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE VIS MOOT TEAM
OF THE UNIVERSITY SILESIA!!!

Kind regards and see you in the next, twentieth edition of Willem C. Vis Moot!