Sixth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition
March 23-25, 2017

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The Center on International Commercial Arbitration will organize March 23-25, 2017, the Sixth 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. Please see Schedule here. The general rounds will take place Friday, March 24 and the elimination rounds Saturday, March 25.

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. The Competition alternates every year between a problem involving an International Commercial Dispute and a problem arising out of an Investment Protection Law or BIT Provision. In 2017 the problem will be based on an International Commercial Dispute.


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 2016 are unable to be part of a team.


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 who can present arguments orally. 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. For more information check the Competition Rules

While only four students may be registered to compete and participate in the oral rounds, additional students may contribute or help teams prepare in advance of the competition. In this way, more people will benefit from the experience. For example, such students may conduct research for a team’s oral or written arguments or write any part of the team’s outline.

In 2016, 25 teams from 18 law schools including American University Washington College of Law; Berkeley School of Law; Cardozo School of Law; Columbia Law School; Duke University Law School; Fordham University Law School; Georgetown University Law Center; Haramaya University (Ethiopia); Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of Denver Sturm College of Law; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; University of Pennsylvania Law School; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and University of Texas School of Law. Read the Transcripts of the final round!

Argument Outline

Each team must submit an Argument Outline in support of the legal position of both the claimant and the respondent by February 24, 2017, 5:00 pm EST.

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.

Registration Fee

Registration fee is $600 for one team and $1,075.00 for two teams. The fee must be paid by January 13, 2017. 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 January 13, 2017. After that point, the registration fee is non-refundable. To register click here

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