LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition
March 13-14, 2014
The International Legal Studies Program, the Center on International Commercial Arbitration, and the LL.M. Executive Board will host on March 13 - 14, 2014, the Third LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition. This event, specifically created for LL.M. students, seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes.
The competition will focus primarily on oral advocacy before a panel of arbitration experts. Participants will be required to submit a brief argument outline. No other written memorandum is required.
The LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition will alternate every year between a problem involving an international commercial dispute, and a problem arising out of an investment protection law or BIT provision. In 2014, the competition will focus on an investment dispute.
Please read the 2014 Rules carefully as important changes have been made.
Each participating law school may enter up to two teams. A team may be composed of two to four members, who shall be the only individuals contributing to the work product of the team over the course of the Competition Year. One team member must argue both the claimant and respondent sides during the general round to help prevent claimant/respondent specialization. Aside from this requirement, each registered team may serve any team member role, such as researcher, writer, oralist, or desk counsel and may serve multiple or all team member roles at any time during the competition. During each oral round, one additional team member (the "desk counsel") to the two oralists may sit at the table with the two oralists as desk counsel. The person acting as desk counsel must be one of the registered team members. The person acting as desk counsel need not be the same person in each oral round.
Team members must be enrolled in a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. Students who have completed their studies (through the completion of the required units necessary for the awarding of the LL.M. degree) by December 2013 are inellegible to be part of a team.
Each team must submit an Argument Outline in support of the legal position of both the claimant and the respondent.
All teams will receive by e-mail the outlines of the teams they are scheduled to argue against in the oral rounds two weeks prior to the competition.
The competition has been limited to 28 teams (first come first served basis). Registrations will will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2013.
So far the following universities are registered to participate:
Pepperdine University School of Law
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
American University Washington College of Law
The registration fee of $450 for one team and $800 for two teams must be paid by December 14, 2013. Payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer.
A team may withdraw from the competition at any time before 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2013. After that point, the Registration Fee is non-refundable.
For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org