The Vienna International Arbitral Centre mourns the loss of Eric E. Bergsten. Mr. Bergsten passed away peacefully on 1 July 2023 at the age of 91.

Eric E. Bergsten is considered the founding father of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and has dedicated his career and life to promoting commercial law and arbitration with a vision to peaceful dispute resolution. When Eric E. Bergsten initiated the Vis Moot in 1993, the hearings were held on VIAC's premises and VIAC has continued to play a role in the co-organisation.


With the passing of Eric E. Bergsten, the entire arbitration community loses a visionary. VIAC will remember Eric E. Bergsten as an outstanding personality in arbitration but also for his genuine warmth, patience and encouraging nature. His memory will live on with his countless friends at VIAC. May he rest in peace.

Eric's obituary can be found here.