11th Annual Michael Thorsnes International Commercial Arbitration Competition
The Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Competition is a pre-moot competition open to all teams seeking to participate in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competitions in Vienna and Hong Kong. We offer participants a chance to hone their skills against teams from all over the globe. All teams will argue at least three rounds, with the top teams continuing on to the finals.
In addition to the competition, teams will be able to attend a number of social events and have a chance to explore sunny San Diego. This year, the University of San Diego School of Law has arranged discounts at three local hotels for our competitors. You may read more about those deals on our official team invitation here.
Final Round Awards Sponsor: CIArb North American Branch
About CIArb and the North American Branch (NAB)
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a not-for-profit, United Kingdom registered charity working in the public interest through an international network of branches. It has a global membership of approximately 14,000 individuals in 133 countries that have professional training in private dispute resolution. The purpose of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution to maximize the contribution that dispute resolution practitioners make.
The Chartered Institute’s North American Branch (NAB) represents the Institute in the United States (with the exception of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas), Canada, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. The NAB is active in encouraging and promoting the use of ADR as an alternative to the traditional methods for resolving disputes. The NAB hosts and sponsors conferences, training programs, networking and development opportunities across its geographic territory, allowing members and participants to develop dispute resolution skills and network effectively in this competitive market.