Last modified: 15 November, 2023

Each year ArbitralWomen provides support to a number of student teams to  participate in dispute resolution competitions by covering their registration fee. ArbitralWomen is proud to support teams competing in the Vis  ( or Vis East ( International Arbitration Moots and other international law and ADR moot competitions.

ArbitralWomen has published two special Newsletters on the Vis competitions, issue n°3 dated 11 May 2011 and issue n°14 dated 25 May 2015, with interviews, historical reports, reports from mooties and professionals.



Conditions for  funding:

  1. Any team requesting financial assistance must complete an application form: click here to download.
  2. ArbitralWomen Board will consider all applications and decide which team(s) shall be supported. The support available is through payment of the applicable registration fee. Payment will usually be made directly to the moot organisation on behalf of the funded team.
  3. Criteria of selection:
  • The team must reflect ArbitralWomen’s mission of promoting the participation of women in dispute resolution. Consequently, at least half of the members of a team must be women.
  • The team must demonstrate the need for financial assistance.
  • Priority will be given to teams:
  1. who have not previously participated, and whose school has not previously participated;
  2. who have no support from their universities or no coach;
  3. who come from emerging economies or jurisdictions which, in the sole discretion of the Board, are in the greatest need of support for the advancement of women in dispute resolution;
  4. of smaller number of students composing the team (for example 4 students as opposed to 8).

ArbitralWomen’s Policy on Funding Moot Competition Teams: click here to download.

Here is what past Mooties have said about the opportunity presented to them by paying their registration fee:

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  • …it was a tremendous educational event, a unique experience, and an occasion to see the professional world before graduating. We discovered a new world, as we made contacts with very impressive people.

  • You believed in us and encouraged us. Thanks to your support, we were strongly inspired to complete our memoranda and to participate in the Moot. We consider this to be a miracle and we worked hard to show our appreciation.

  • Our participation in the Hong Kong 7th Vis Moot turned out to be an unforgettable memory to all members of the team. In addition, we made friends and learned about other cultures. The Moot was a once-in-a-lifetime event for us. With the support of all those who helped, they made our dream come true.

  • Participating in the Moot was an invaluable experience. The Moot was the best place to learn the practice of international commercial arbitration and the art of advocacy, skills which we would never have been able to get from in-class learning. Throughout the tough oral rounds, we learned how to improve ourselves, address every question.

  • Thank you so much! None of this would have been possible without the support extended by ArbitralWomen. We had been turned down by so many firms in India and our only hope for any help was your organization. We hope to continue taking women ahead in the field in the future as well.

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  • Thank you for contributing to the realization of our opportunity to compete against big names and in front of eminent law practitioners, so that our national flag waved at the event, so that we come to realize that coming from a less-developed nation does not necessarily make us any less competent. That, perhaps, is the biggest and most meaningful souvenir to take away.

  • “With every small step, we used to be confident about our preparation, but doubtful about the enormous finances to cover. Within this conflict came a huge blessing for us from ArbitralWomen”

    Hidayatullah National Law University Vis East Moot Team 2019
  • “Very close to when registration fee was due, we had not yet been able to get the money to pay for it, which caused us a lot of additional worry. Thus, the economic help granted to us to cover those costs, took a lot of weight off our shoulders and gave us an additional impulse to keep moving forward. In a way, ArbitralWomen made it possible for us to officially embark on this unforgettable journey, which changed our lives forever and promoted the participation of five women on this important academic event in the realm of international commercial arbitration.”

    Costa Rica team member Valeria Alvarado
  • “It was not a light feeling to know that the financial problem could only be resolved a few months before the actual competition. And at the same time, it was quite distracting for us to focus on researching while having to save up for the competition. In fact, we all took different part-time jobs to make some minor savings. Luckily, we were selected to receive the funding from Reed Smith Paris to cover our registration fee. That was genuinely encouraging for us to know that a big firm like Reed Smith saw our potential, our need and was willing to help.”

    Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam Vis East Moot Team 2019