Invitation - Arbitrators

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am writing to invite you to participate as an arbitrator in the upcoming Seventh LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, which will take place on Friday, April 13 (general rounds) and Saturday, April 14, 2018 (elimination rounds).

The competition is a mock 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. This year’s problem involves an international investment dispute.

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.

This year we have 14 teams with more than 80 LL.M. students competing from 12 law schools including American University Washington College of Law; Berkeley School of Law; Brooklyn Law School; Georgetown University Law Center; Haramaya University College of Law (Ethiopia); University of Denver Sturm College; University of Houston Law Center; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; University of North Carolina School of Law; University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and University of Texas School of Law. 

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 13, 2018 (8:45am-1pm and/or 2pm-6:15pm) or the quarterfinals on Saturday, April 14 (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 in the competition.  

If you are available to act as 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 13, 2018 (8:45am-1:00pm and/or 2:00pm-6:15pm) or the quarterfinals on Saturday, April 14, 2017 (10am-12pm);
3) If there is a conflict of interest with any teams;
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

Arbitrators should note that the Moot is unable to provide any financial assistance to arbitrators. The LL.M. Moot Competition is extremely grateful for the time and effort arbitrators volunteer. Coffee and light lunches would be provided. 

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

-  J.D. students.

- LL.M. students enrolled in universities registered to participate in the Competition.