ABOUT THE VIS EAST MOOT
The Vis East Moot Competition is the sister competition to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. Given the continuous and rapid expansion of Asia’s economy, international commercial transactions and, inevitably, cross-border disputes in Asia have been on the rise. The Vis East Moot provides law students, academics, and professionals with a similar exposure to, and experience in, international arbitration and trade law as the Vis Moot in Vienna, but with an Asian context.
MEET OUR DIRECTORS
Director of the Vis East
Louise Barrington is the founder of the Vis East Moot. With over 30 years of experience, Louise acts primarily as an independent arbitrator and combines her ADR practice with academic pursuits. Louise is well-versed in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations and is a member of Arbitration Place (Canada) and Littleton Chambers (UK). Louise taught American Business Law in Paris as well as arbitration, mediation, international and commercial law around the globe. She also speaks regularly on the topics of international arbitration in conferences worldwide. Louise teaches worldwide arbitration and international sales law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto (Canada). She is fluent in English and French, conversational in Spanish and has basic German skills. Louise is qualified as a lawyer in Ontario (Canada), New York (U.S.A.), and England & Wales.
Deputy Director of the Vis East
Sherlin Tung (董希琳) is a Partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Practice at Withersworldwide, based in Hong Kong. With over a decade of experience, Sherlin specializes in cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, and multi-jurisdiction litigations. Sherlin advises clients worldwide in all phases and aspects of cross-border disputes. Sherlin is a U.S. qualified attorney (California and New York) and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. She is native in Mandarin Chinese and English, has working proficiency in Spanish and basic German skills. Sherlin speaks extensively on international arbitration and cross-border disputes in conferences and seminars worldwide. During law school, Sherlin competed in the 16th Vis Moot Vienna and has been actively involved with the Vis Moots since, including as President of the Moot Alumni Association.
MEET OUR TEAM
Sponsorship & Administration Manager
Maricel has been a part of the Vis East Moot since 2009 and continues to play a vital role. Maricel is involved with many aspects of organizing the Vis East Moot week events, including registration during the Vis East Moot week, providing IT support during the Virtual Vis East Moots, arranging sponsorship, logistics, moot materials and souvenirs as well as social media.
Ms. Aria Cheung
Aria Cheung (章子晴) is a junior barrister who was called to the Hong Kong bar in 2022. Aria is developing a wide practice in civil and criminal work, with an interest in developing a specialisation in ADR. Aria joined the Vis East Administration in September 2022. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and English and is also fluent in Mandarin.
THE WILLEM C. VIS MOOT VIENNA
The Willem C Vis Moot Competition was founded in 1993 by Professor Eric Bergsten, who had then retired from UNCITRAL and joined the law faculty at Pace University School of Law. The Vis East Moot is the sister competition to the Vienna Moot. The competitions are separate but use the same problem and similar rules. More details on the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition can be found on its website: www.vismoot.org.
THE MOOT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The Moot Alumni Association of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (the “MAA”) was established in 1997 during the 3rd Willem C. Vis Moot Competition in Vienna. The MAA started with a handful of academics, students, and professionals and has expanded to over 5,000 members and continues to grow every year. The purpose of the establishment of the MAA is to form an association to promote the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot and to achieve its goals of educating the general public on the topics of international arbitration and international trade law. The MAA also preserves and strengthens ties among former, current, and future participants (students, academics and professionals alike) of the Vis Moot and Vis East worldwide, establishing an international network that facilitates the continuing exchange of professional, social, and cultural experiences amongst members. More information on the MAA can be found on its website: www.maa.net