Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot

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The Foreign Direct Investment Moot is an international student moot to protect investment that takes place in two stages: writing memoranda for the plaintiff and the defendant and hearing oral argument.

The Foreign Direct Investment Moot is organized with support from the Centre for International Legal Studies, German Institution of Arbitration, King’s College London, Pepperdine University School of Law and Suffolk University Law School. 

Registration of teams is open due 1 June 2016. Plaintiff’s and defendant’s memoranda must be submitted before September 19 and September 26, 2016 respectively. The Moot’s oral hearings will take place  3 - 6 November 2016 in Buenos Aires.

The Moot’s language is English.

Rusults: 2016 2015  2014

For more information about the Foreign Direct Investment Moot please visit website.

Comment from Fayaza Kurbangalieva, participant in 2012, 2013, 2014 (Moscow State Institute of International Relations)

Multibillion disputes, large international companies filing lawsuits against sovereign states, well-known lawyers as arbitrators – this is all about the international investment arbitration. Some think it is an achievement of contemporary international law, other criticize it for almost unlimited powers of arbitrators.

One can immerse oneself into this certainly interesting area of dispute resolution thanks to FDI Moot – an annual international moot for students of leading universities from around the world. The moot represents an imitation of arbitration proceedings between a foreign investor and the state where the investor made an investment. Participants must prepare written submissions for plaintiffs and defendants and then present them orally before arbitrators.

Participation in FDI Moot offers a tremendous experience in terms of legal analysis, working with foreign sources, legal writing, preparing for public speaking in English. Various aspects of law are involved in the moot: public and private, procedural and substantive. Additionally, FDI Moot is a club of sorts where one can talk to practicing lawyers and students from around the world. 

Comment from Alexander Kursinov, participant in 2014 (Moscow State Institute of International Relations)

FDI Moot indeed strikes by its global reach - each year it is held in various parts of the globe, including pre-moots organized region by region.

Preparing for and participating in the moot allow participants to develop their analytical approach to problem solving, teamwork skills and deepen their knowledge in international investment law. Moreover, students have an excellent opportunity to improve their public speaking skills in English. I strongly recommend to all students to make a team and join this exciting moot!