LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition
March 6 - 7, 2015

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The Center on International Commercial Arbitration hosted 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.

Seventeen teams from the following schools participated in the competition:

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; Columbia University; Georgetown University Law Center; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law; and American University Washington College of Law.

2014 Competition Results

Arbitration Tribunal, Final Round:
Caroline Richard, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Antonio Parra, Consultant, World Bank and former Deputy Secretary-General, ICSID
Ronald Bettauer, Visiting Scholar, George Washington University Law School and former Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Winner: Columbia Law School
Finalist: University of Pennsylvania (Team 6)

University of Pennsylvania (Team 6) - Georgetown University Law Center (Team 11)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Team 14) - Columbia University Law School (Team 10)

Best Oralist:
1st place: Anna-Maria Galinska, Team 4 (UC Berkeley School of Law)
2nd place: Kieran McCarthy, Team 11 (Georgetown University Law Center)

Honorable Mentions:
1) Daniel Decacche, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
2) Yakshay Mukesh Chheda, Columbia University Law School
3) Yanan Zhao, American University, Washington College of Law

About the Competition
The competition focuses primarily on oral advocacy before a panel of arbitration experts. Participants are required to submit a brief argument outline. No other written memorandum is required.


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 2014 are inellegible to be part of a team.

Argument Outline

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 22 teams (first come first served basis). Registrations will will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on December 14, 2014.

Registration Fee

The registration fee of $450 for one team and $800 for two teams must be paid by December 14, 2014. 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, 2014. After that point, the Registration Fee is non-refundable.

For more information, please send an email to arbitration@wcl.american.edu