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

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We have filled all slots for the competition. Registration is closed.


The Center on International Commercial Arbitration will organize on March 6 - 7, 2015, 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 following law schools will participate in the 2015 Competition:

American University Washington College of Law (two teams); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Boston University School of Law; Columbia Law School; Columbia Law School; Cornell Law School; Duke University School of Law; Duke University School of Law; Fordham University School of Law (two teams); Georgetown University Law Center (two teams); Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law; Pepperdine University School of Law; University of California Berkeley School of Law (two teams); University of Denver Sturm College of Law (two teams); University of Illinois College of Law (two teams); University of Missouri School of Law; University of Missouri-Kansas City School Of Law; University of Pennsylvania Law School; University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and Washington University in St Louis School 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 unable 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. To learn more about the competition, please go to past competitions.


The competition has been limited to 24 teams. Registration is now closed.

Registration Fee

Please note that the registration fee has now increased to $600 for one team and $1,075.00 for two teams. The fee must be paid by December 15, 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 15, 2014. After that point, the registration fee is non-refundable.

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