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The last weekend of March 2012 was scheduled for a traditional Belgrade Open Pre-Moot, the pre-moot competition organized on the occasion of the biggest world moot competition in International Commercial Arbitration and International Sale of Goods, Willem C. Vis, that will be held for the 19th time this year in Vienna. The Faculty of Law University of Belgrade has been organizing this pre-moot ever since 2008 in cooperation with GIZ Open Regional Fund for South East Europe, and this year we marked a small but significant milestone – the fifth anniversary of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot. In the past few years, Belgrade Pre-Moot has grown to be the biggest pre-moot for Willem C. Vis in Europe with over 400 participants – arbitrators, coaches and students from 37 Universities and 26 different states from around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America (see Schedule of hearings). As in the past, the Pre-moot was preceded by the Belgrade Arbitration Conference. For more information on the inception of the Belgrade Open pre-moot and how its participants perceive it see >>

Apart from the great number of participants, one of the main features of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is outstanding quality of preparatory hearings since participants at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot are regularly ranked among the top ten in Vienna. On the other hand, the fact that there are so many universities interested in this pre-moot is another evidence of quality of the competition itself. Namely, due to limited capacity, more than ten universities that wanted to come to Belgrade could not have been included in the final list of participants since the spots were filled on “first-come-first-served” basis.

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The IV Belgrade Open Pre-Moot took place from 8-10 April 2011. There were 31 teams from 22 countries (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Germany, India, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Urugay and USA) and around 140 arbitrators from all around the world registered for this event All together more than 80 pleadings were scheduled and held during this weekend (See Schedule of Hearings >>). Belgrade Open Pre-Moot was an exceptional occasion to see how the real international commercial arbitration works, since public is normally not allowed to attend arbitral proceedings. The working part of the Pre-Moot was accompanied by an extensive list of social activities: lunches, dinners and sightseeing tours.

We are particularly proud of the fact that 15 teams that took part at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot qualified for the elimination rounds in Vienna (top 64 teams out of 260 which participated this year) and that many of the students who took part at our event received honorable mentions for the best speakers.

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Apart from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the organizers of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot were GIZ Open Fund for South-East Europe and the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The organization of this event was supported by Belgrade City Hall, Tourist Organization of Belgrade and Karanović – Nikolić law firm and Moravčević Vojnović Zdravković law firm in cooperation with Schoenherr. On behalf of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the biggest part of the organization was caried out by lecturer Milena Đorđević, LL.M., Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavić and lecturer Marko Jovanović, LL.M. They were fully supported by the Management of the Faculty of Law and helped by a groups of students-volunteers.

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The III Belgrade Open Pre-Moot took place from 19 to 21 March 2010 and gathered 22 teams from 16 countries (Albania, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, India, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and USA). See Schedule of Hearings >> As an opening event to the III Belgrade Pre-Moot an international arbitration conference was organized.

More than 100 renowned lawyers and scholars from more than 20 countries took part as arbitrators (See List of Arbitrators), and more than 60 pleadings were scheduled and held during the weekend. Belgrade Open Pre-Moot was an exceptional occasion to see how the real international commercial arbitration works, since public is normally not allowed to attend arbitral proceedings. The working part of the Pre-Moot was accompanied by an extensive list of social activities: lunches, dinners and sightseeing tours. See Photo gallery  >> 1  >> 2  >> 3

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Apart from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the organizers of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot were GTZ Open Fund for South-East Europe and the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The organization of this event was supported by Belgrade Town Hall and the following law firms: Karanović – Nikolić, CMS Beograd and Moravčević Vojnović Zdravković in cooperation with Schoenherr. On behalf of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the biggest part of the organization was caried out by lecturer Milena Đorđević, LL.M., Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavić and lecturer Marko Jovanović, LL.M. They were fully supported by the Management of the Faculty of Law and helped by a groups of students-volunteers headed by Dragutin Nenzic, Master’s student at our Faculty.

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We are particularly proud of the fact that 10 teams that took part at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot qualified for the elimination rounds in Vienna (top 64 teams out of 252 which participated this year) and that many of the students who took part at our event received honorable mentions for the best speakers.

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After an excellent feedback from the I Belgrade Open pre-moot held in 2008, the Faculty of Law decided to continue organizing this event. 2009 Belgrade rounds took place from 28 to 29 March 2009 and gathered 17 teams from 14 countries (New Zealand, Singapore, Russia, United States, Mexico, Spain, Austria, United Kingdom, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Albania). More than 70 renowned lawyers, practitioners and professors from all over the world (Serbia, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, etc.) served as arbitrators and more than 50 hearings were held in just two days. II Belgrade Open was held on 28-29 March 2009 and was preceded by an Arbitration Conference, which took place on 27 March. The Belgrade Open Pre-Moot was a unique opportunity for the public to see how the arbitral proceedings really look like, since a typical arbitration is strictly confidential. For a short video from II Belgrade Open click here>>  1 2

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The Faculty is particularly proud of the fact that 10 out of 17 teams that took part at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot qualified for the elimination rounds (top 64 teams) at the Vienna Moot, including the winner of the Moot – Victoria Wellington University. What is more, all the four semi-finalists from the last year’s Vienna Moot participated at this year’s Belgrade Open. These results are the best proof of quality of the Belgrade Pre-Moot. A special acknowledgement of high appreciation for the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot came from UNCITRAL – Belgrade rounds were the only Pre-Moot out of several similar events organized throughout the world which was listed in the CLOUT Bulletin, the official UNCITRAL publication which presents the most important developments in the field of international trade law and commercial arbitration.

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The first Belgrade Open was held from 7-9 March 2008 and has attracted a number of excellent teams from the best universities worldwide and some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field of Arbitration and International Commercial Law. We are proud of the fact that three of the four best teams in the last year’s competition (2007/2008) participated at the Belgrade Open. In addition, 12 more faculties from 10 different countries were also present at the pre-moot.

List of participating teams at the 1st Belgrade Open includes: Vienna (Austria), Touro and Denver (USA), Wellington (New Zealand), New South Wales (Australia), Novosibirsk (Russia), Kyev Mohilla (Ukraine), CEU (Hungary), Zagreb and Rijeka (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Belgrade (Serbia), and the following observing participants: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Justinijan I Skopje (Macedonia) and Tirana (Albania).

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