On the 16th March 2016, five students (including three LLB students), namely Pichaya Nimchareon, Panurut Rungwattansaphon, Chayanon Karcharoen, Nattaya Lohasomboom and Irene Ittisarnronnachai – and one coach, Ajarn Phattarapong Saengkrai, embarked on a journey to Vienna, Austria as representatives of Thammasat University in the 23rd Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot Court Competition. Through the week of 19th March to 21st of March, the Thammasat team went against four challenging opponents: Humboldt University, La Trobe University, New York University, and SUNY Buffalo Law School.
The moot features two companies from different countries which have concluded an international sales contract and the subsequent dispute resolution by international arbitration. The dispute revolved around the interpretation and application of United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the CISG and the arbitration rules of different institutions. The students took on the challenging role of a lawyer representing each party in front of a panel of three arbitrators. This year’s issue concerned highly debated topics, both substantive law – the recovery and scope of damages under Article 74 of the CISG, and procedural law – document production in arbitration.
Lawyers, arbitrators, and law students from more than 300 schools from around the world gathered and participated at this annual event. The students had the chance to engulf themselves in a “law-rich” environment, to meet famous lawyers, arbitrators and other law students like them from both the common law and civil law world. What’s even more important was the invaluable opportunity for the students to hone their legal research, legal writing, and pleading skills, all of which are key skills to become a good legal practitioner.