Invitation - Arbitrators

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am writing to invite you to participate as an arbitrator in the upcoming Ninth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, which will take place on the following dates: Thursday, April 9 (opening conference and reception), Friday, April 10 (general rounds), and Saturday, April 11, 2020 (elimination rounds and final).

The competition is a mock moot competition in international commercial arbitration for LL.M. students who are, in general, not eligible to participate in most moot competitions and seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes.  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.

If you are an attorney with experience in arbitration, we need your help to successfully provide students with the opportunity to develop their arbitration skills in an environment that closely resembles an actual international commercial arbitration situation.

Please let us know if you are in the DC area and can make yourself available to serve as an arbitrator during the morning or afternoon rounds on Friday, April 10, 2020 (8:45am-1pm and/or 2pm-6:15pm) or the quarterfinals on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (10am-12pm).  Please let us know and we will schedule you for your chosen time.  Arbitrators are welcome to volunteer for individual or multiple rounds and will be provided with an advance copy of the mock problem, as well as a memorandum that summarizes the major issues arising from the problem published for the competition.  

If you are available to act as an arbitrator, please send an email to: arbitration@wcl.american.edu indicating:

  1. Your first name, last name, and title/organization;
  2. Availability: morning and/or afternoon rounds on Friday, April 10, 2020 (8:45am-1:00pm and/or 2:00pm-6:15pm) or the quarterfinals on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (10am-12pm);
  3. If there is a conflict of interest with any of the following participating teams: 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.
  4. If you need a formal invitation; and
  5. If you would like to receive a certificate for your participation.

We hope that you will join us for this wonderful event. By serving as an arbitrator you will not only meet and work with colleagues, but you will also allow LL.M. students to participate in this unique educational opportunity. 

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at arbitration@wcl.american.edu or call us at (202) 274-4321.

With kind regards,

Horacio A Grigera Naón
Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Important Information

We are in search of attorneys with experience in arbitration or investment law. The following students are not eligible to participate as arbitrators:

  • J.D. students, unless they demonstrate substantive experience working in the arbitration practice of a law firm or in an arbitral institution.
  • LL.M. students enrolled in universities registered to participate in the Competition.

Arbitrators should note that the organizers of the Moot Competition are unable to provide any financial assistance to arbitrators. The organizers of the LL.M. Moot Competition are extremely grateful for the time and effort arbitrators volunteer towards towards the success of the event. Coffee and light lunch would be provided during the competition.