Invitation - Arbitrators

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am writing to invite you to participate as an arbitrator in the upcoming Eighth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, which will take place on the following dates: Thursday, March 28 (opening conference and reception); Friday, March 29 (general rounds) and Saturday, March 30, 2019 (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 2019, the problem is based on an International Commercial Dispute under the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil Canada (CAM-CCBC) 

This year we have 20 teams competing from 14 different law schools including Berkeley School of Law; Brooklyn Law School; Cardozo School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center; Haramaya University College of Law (Ethiopia); Harvard University School of Law; University of Texas School Of Law; University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Emory University School of Law; Pennsylvania State University School of Law; University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Vanderbilt University School of Law, and American University Washington College of Law.

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, March 29, 2019 (8:45am-1pm and/or 2pm-6:15pm) or the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 20, 2019 (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: indicating:

1) Your first name, last name, and title/organization;
2) Availability: morning and/or afternoon rounds on Friday, March 29, 2019 (8:45am-1:00pm and/or 2:00pm-6:15pm) or the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 30, 2019 (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 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.
- 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.