15th Hanover PreMoot on arbitration and the basic principles of the rule of law

Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

From 15 to 20 February 2021, the 15th Hanover PreMoot Week was organised by IRZ, the German Federal Bar Association (BRAK) and the Institute for Procedural Law and Attorney Regulations (IPA) at the University of Hanover. Because of the global pandemic, the PreMoot was held online for the first time this year.

The event included a Moot Court competition involving about 250 teams from more than 60 countries, which serves as preparation for the Willem C. Vis Moot, the biggest and most famous civil rights Moot Court in the world. This year, the participants could also enjoy a comprehensive programme of lectures and discussions. More than 30 well-known university lecturers and practitioners gave a total of 21 lectures to teach and discuss current issues on international commercial law (CISG), arbitration, the autonomy of lawyers and the basic principles of the rule of law. The conference was organised in the sense of a dialogue on the Rule of Law to carry the German understanding of the Rule of Law into the world.

With the support of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, IRZ was able to attract well-known speakers to discuss the following subjects:

  • Recent developments at UNCITRAL and Investor State Dispute Settlement Reform
  • Equal and Legal Representation in Arbitration

After the conference, the students were able to practise for the upcoming Vis Moot in various hearings over two days. The virtual format allowed more teams and students than ever before to take part in the PreMoot. More than 100 teams from 40 nations (including Brazil, USA, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Algeria, Georgia and China) signed up to prepare themselves for the Willem C. Vis Moot and practice pleading their cases before a jury.

IRZ hopes to be able to continue its successful partnership with the IPA and BRAK in future and is looking forward to the next joint PreMoot.