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The Second Annual Western Balkans VIS Pre-Moot Competition Held in Pristina

The Second Annual Western Balkans VIS Pre-Moot Competition Held in PristinaPhoto by: The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program

Pristina, February 27, 2016 - In a welcome reception held on Friday, February 26, 2016, the USAID Kosovo Mission Director James Hope welcomed teams and arbitrators to the Second Annual Western Balkans VIS Pre-Moot Competition. Opening Remarks were also delivered by Duncan Speller, a Partner in the international arbitration group at the international law firm WilmerHale. The event gathered representatives from the Republic of Kosovo, the U.S. Government, eminent lawyers from Kosovo and the region, and law-students from Kosovo, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.

The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program together with the University of Pristina – Faculty of Law, Iliria College, the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo (AmCham) and the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC) hosted and organized the 2nd Annual Western Balkans VIS Pre-Moot Competition. The Competition was a three-day event, held fromThursday, February 25 to Saturday, February 27, 2016and modeled after the international VIS competition held in Vienna every year.

This year, in addition to the two teams from the University of Pristina and Iliria College, teams from University Ss. Cyril And Methodius, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and University of Zenica also attended.There are many VIS pre-moots organized in various countries, but this remains the only competition to be held specifically for teams from the Western Balkans.

The VIS Pre-Moot Competition provides an opportunity for law students to gain substantive knowledge in international commercial law, develop their practical legal and advocacy skills, and receive feedback from practicing lawyers and arbitrators. It also serves as a platform for the participants to improve their logical and legal thinking by competing with other teams.

This competition also aims to increase Kosovo’s visibility, and highlights its commitment to developing a new generation of young, well-trained legal professionals in the area of commercial arbitration. Furthermore, the VIS Pre-Moot Competition serves as a platform to increase awareness of ADR mechanisms among the legal and business communities in Kosovo. USAID has invested significantly in developing a sustainable ADR infrastructure through supporting the establishment of arbitration tribunals at the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo and the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce.

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