Sixth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration organized 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.

The Following Schools participated in the competition: American University Washington College of Law; Berkeley School of Law; Brooklyn Law School; Cardozo School of Law; Fordham University Law School; Georgetown University Law Center; Haramaya University College of Law (Ethiopia); Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; University of Denver Sturm College; University of Missouri-Kansas City School 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.

Arbitration Tribunal, Final Round:

Jonathan Greenblatt, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Victoria Shannon Sahani, Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Ryan Mellske, International Arbitration Attorney, Dechert LLP

Winner: Cardozo Law School (Team 16)

Finalist: Brooklyn Law School (Team 6)

Semifinalists: University of Southern California Gould School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center

Best Oralist: 


María Angélica Cruz Cuevas, American University Washington College of Law (Team 10) 

Honorable Mentions:

1 - Hari Lal, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
2 - Shefali Tanna, Georgetown University Law Center (Team 15)
3 - Elise Goebel, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (team 3)4 - Dai Cao, University of Southern California Gould School of Law


Eight Best Scoring Teams (General Rounds):

1. Team 1 University of Southern California Gould School of Law
2. Team 3 University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
3.Team 14 Georgetown University Law Center
4.Team 16 Cardozo Law School
5. Team 10 American University, Washington College of Law 
6. Team 4 University of Pittsburgh School of Law
7. Team 6 Brooklyn Law School
8. Team 9 American University, Washington College of Law
 

Eligibility

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.

Teams

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.

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.

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.