About Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition
The Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court is the oldest and most prestigious student competition in the area of investment protection law. Its focus is on the oral presentation of legal arguments before an arbitral tribunal composed of specialists in the field during a one week final event which takes place in early or mid-March of every year.
The Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court is unique in that it combines the law of investment protection, one of the most modern and fastest developing areas of international law, with the history of international law and of international trade.
Each year, the case study provided to students is based on real-life, historic events, ranging from a banking case of the 4th century BC (Isokrates, Pasion) to medieval papers from the Geniza of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat (Old Cairo), a dispute between the Russian Empire and the USA in the 19th century (the Dahlberg case), and the British Banknotes Case of the 1920s.
The students argue the cases under modern international law, but usually historical decrees (such as the so-called Cleopatra papyrus), contemporaneous national law and legal opinions (such as legal opinions found in the Geniza documents relating to the marital status of Ashu Berakha) or treaties (such as the 1832 Treaty between Russia and the USA) play an important role.
About the organisers
The Network for International Law Students (NILS)
The Network for International Law Students (NILS) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit organisation, run by and for law students. It seeks to promote legal awareness among all the people and encourage communication and cooperation among law students and lawyers internationally; contribute to legal education; promote social responsibility in the field of law; increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and publicize educational and career opportunities in law.
The Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA)
The Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration is a not-for-profit organisation registered in Mumbai and functions under the structure of a Council of Arbitration and a Secretariat. MCIA is a neutral, independent, not-for- profit organization which facilitates the impartial administration of arbitration proceedings.
The MCIA provides state-of- the-art purpose-built arbitration hearing rooms, where multiple arbitrations of any scale can be hosted simultaneously. The MCIA premises have been designed keeping in mind the needs of parties, their counsel and arbitrators and include arbitration hearing rooms, break-out rooms, an arbitrators’ lounge, a business centre for counsels, video/audio conferencing facilities, transcription services as well as catering services.
About the Pre-Moot (India)
The Pre-Moot India Rounds will be organized by the Network for International Law Students (NILS) and the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA). The Pre-Moot will be held on 29th January 2017 at the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA), which is located at 20th Floor, Express Towers, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
The pre-moot is mandatory for Indian teams who wish to participate in the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition. The top 6 teams from the Pre-Moots will qualify for the final rounds in Frankfurt, Germany.
Last day for Registration: 15th Dec 2016
Last day for skeleton Memorial submission: 15th February 2017
(*Kindly note that the Memorial for the Moot Competition is required only for the final rounds in Frankfurt Germany and not for pre-moots India Rounds)
Pre-Moots (India): 29th January 2017
Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA), Mumbai