Ninth LL.M. International Commercial & Investment Arbitration Moot Competition

April 9-11, 2020 
Deadline to register: February 24, 2020.
Important updates:

Dear Participants, Coaches and Arbitrators:

In light of public health concerns and following AU guidelines, we have decided to cancel the hearings of the Ninth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Competition scheduled for April 9-11, 2020. 

I understand this decision is disappointing for all of you. You are graduating soon and will not have the chance to participate next year. 

Regarding important issues:

1)      Academic Credit: AU will grant academic credit to students engaged in moot competitions if work is sufficiently completed even if the competition itself is cancelled. We hope your institutions do the same.

2)      Certificates: recognizing that you have been working for months for this event, we will issue certificates of participation to coaches and students. 

3)      Fees: All law schools registered for 2020 will be able to participate in 2021 at no cost. 

We realize that this may come as a disappointment to you, but we believe it is the only responsible option at this time.  We hope you will be able to join us next year.

Thanks in advance for your understanding,

Kind regards,

Horacio Grigera Naón 
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence 
Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

About the Competition

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration will organize from April 9 to 11, 2020, the Ninth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition.  The Competition will start on in the afternoon of April 9, 2020  with a conference that will discuss important issues related to the 2020 problem. The 2020 general rounds will take place on Friday, April 10 and the elimination rounds on will take place on Saturday, April 11.

This event, created specifically for LL.M. students, seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes.

Team members must be enrolled in a U.S. Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. Students from foreign law schools are also eligible to participate as long as they have a law degree and are enrolled in postgraduate law studies.

Students who have completed their studies (through the completion of the required units necessary for the awarding of the LL.M. degree) by December 2019 are unable to be part of a team. Students must be enrolled in an LL.M. or postgraduate law studies at the moment of the competition.

2020 Competition is sponsored by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

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 2020 the problem involves an investment dispute under the rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

This year,  teams from the following institutions are participating: University of Southern California Gould School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Georgetown University Law Center; Emory University School of Law; Benjamin N. Cardozo school of Law; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law; Penn State Law;  and American University Washington College of Law.