IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot 2018 Rules

I. The Event

The IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot consists in a preparatory competition for teams participants of the XXV Willem C. Vis Moot, the international commercial arbitration moot court competition. It is organized, promoted and hosted by Souto, Correa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados. The oral hearings shall follow the same rules regarding duration of oral presentation, arguments, questions by arbitrators and order of presentation as applicable in the XXV Willem C. Vis Moot.

II. Language

The IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot will be conducted in English.

III. Participants

The participant teams in the IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot may represent any law school or any other higher education institution that has law in its study program. Each law school or other institution may register one team for the Vis Moot and one team for the Vis East Moot; however, no student may participate in more than one team.

IV. Vacancies 

There will be 10 (ten) vacancies for teams to participate in the IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot.

V. Registration Process

The teams interested in participating in the IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot should send an e-mail to premoot@soutocorrea.com.br informing:

• the University/Institution which it represents;

• the names of the team members and coaches who will be attending the event;

The Registration period opens on December 18th, 2017 and closes on December 26th, 2017 or when the organization of the IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot receives the first 10 e-mails for registration, whichever occurs first.

There is no registration fee.

VI. Date and Venue

The IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot will be hosted both in the cities of São Paulo (Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 2041 Torre D, 8º Andar, Complexo JK, São Paulo, Brazil, CEP 04543-011) and Porto Alegre (Av. Carlos Gomes, 700, 13º andar Ed. Platinum Tower, Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil), simultaneously. Teams will not be allowed to participate via Skype or other electronical means, all participants must be present either in São Paulo or Porto Alegre. The General Rounds will take place on February 24th 2018. The Final Rounds will take place on February 25th 2018.

VII. General Rounds

Each team will argue four times in the General Rounds, two as Claimant and two as Respondent. The first General Round will take place on February 24th 2018, at 8:30 A.M., in both cities of São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

VIII. Final Rounds

The Final Rounds will be composed of two semi-finals and one final. The first semi-final will be disputed by the first placed team and the fourth placed team of the general rounds. The second semi-final will be disputed by the second placed team and the third placed team of the general rounds. Both rounds will take place on February 25th 2018 in São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

IX. Determination as to which team is claimant and which is respondent

Determination as to which team is claimant and which is respondent. If the two teams in any of the elimination rounds, including the final round, argued against one another in the general rounds, they will argue for the opposite party in the elimination round. If they did not argue against one another in the general rounds, in the first elimination round the determination as to which team will be claimant and which will be respondent will be determined by lot. In the following round, when one of the two teams in the preceding round was claimant and the other was respondent, they will argue for the opposite party for which they argued in that preceding round. If both teams argued for the claimant or both argued for the respondent in the preceding round, the decision as to which team will be claimant and which will be respondent will be determined by lot.

X. Prize

The winning team of the final round will be awarded with the prize of R$ 5.000,00 (five thousand reais), as an encouragement of academic participation in arbitration competitions.

XI. Interpretation of the Rules

Any doubts regarding these Rules may be addressed to the organization of the IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot.

XII. Contact

Any communication regarding the IV Souto Correa Pre-Moot should be sent to the e-mail premoot@soutocorrea.com.br