Volunteer as Judges for the FDI Moot 2016 (Memorial Round)

Dear GoT Readers,

This is to alert you to a fantastic opportunity to judge the memorial round for the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot 2016. I recently judged the skeleton briefs for the FDI Moot 2016 and loved the experience!

About the Moot:

The FDI Moot is an international moot on international investment law; it is the initiative of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)-a non-profit law research, training, and teaching institute, established and operating as a public interest society under Austrian law. Its international headquarters have been in Salzburg, Austria since 1976. Its essential purpose is to promote and disseminate knowledge among members of the international legal community.

Initiated in 2006 by CILS, five institutions came together to establish the FDI Moot as a new international moot court competition focusing on investor-State disputes. As co-founder and organiser,  CILS manages the FDI Moot. The venue for Global Finals rotates among the four other co-founders. Mr Campbell and Prof. Gibson act as co-directors.

Increasing international investment, the proliferation of international investment treaties, domestic legislation, and international investment contracts have contributed to the development of a new field of international law that defines obligations between host States and foreign investors and refers to internationalised procedures (e.g. ICSID) for resolving related disputes. These disputes involve not only vast sums, but also a panoply of rights, duties, and shifting objectives at the juncture of national and international law and policy. The FDI Moot helps future lawyers attain a practical understanding of these issues. The case and hearings offer a unique forum for academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss developments – and assess emerging talents. The FDI Moot spans approximately six months each year in two phases, written memorials for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument. Regional rounds are conducted in the Asia Pacific (Seoul), South Asia (New Delhi), and Africa (Nairobi).

This year, the South Asia regional round of the moot was hosted by Kachwaha & Partners at the Indian Society of International Law in New Delhi in August which culminated in a victory for National Law School of India University, followed by NALSAR University School of Law and ex aquo National Law University Jodhpur and National Law Institute University.

The best advocates were Mehra, Parul (Final) of National Law School of India University and Sriram, Varsha (preliminary rounds) of National Law Institute University. (Full results for the South Asia Regional are available  here: http://www.fdimoot.org/KAP/2016SAResults.pdf)

4 winning teams from South Asia will join 6 from the Asia-Pacific Regional and 2 from Africa along with 48 others participating directly in the Global Finals at the University of Buenos Aires on 3-6 November 2016.

The 2016 edition of the problem involves a potpourri of international investment claims and can be accessed here.

Call for Moot Memorial Judges:

Given that close to 60 teams would be participating in the FDI moot this year, the organizers are looking for volunteers to judge the memorial round of the moot. Although the volunteer position is unpaid, this is a great learning experience for international investment law enthusiasts and a valuable experience to add to one’s résumé. My personal experience of judging the skeleton briefs was that I gained an understanding of the emerging issues in investor-state dispute jurisprudence.

Those available to judge the moot memos between 19th September & 19th October, 2016, should contact the organizers ASAP with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae:

Manuela Ines Wedam at admin@fdimoot.org; Christian Campbell at christian.campbell@cils.org