The Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot (“FDI Moot”) is the most famous competition of “moot court” type in the field of investment arbitration. Each year approximately 100 teams from all round the world participate in this contest. The FDI Moot is organized since 2008 by the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg, Suffolk University Law School, Pepperdine University Law School, the German Institute of Arbitration (DIS) and the Centre for European Law at King's College London.
During the competition, students play the role of lawyers representing the investor and the state in a dispute before an international arbitration tribunal acting on the basis of an agreement on mutual promotion and protection of investments (BIT).
The competition is divided in two stages. Within the written phase, each team prepares pleadings for the claimant and the respondent. In the oral phase, each team participates in arbitration hearings’ simulations.
The arbitration tribunals evaluating the students’ pleadings and their performance during the hearings consist of excellent specialists in the field of international investment and commercial arbitration (academics, arbitrators, practitioners from international law firms).
Teams representing the University of Warsaw has participated in the competition continuously since 2009, not only achieving the best results from all the Polish team but also successfully competing with prestigious universities from all round the world, such as Harvard University, University of Ottawa, Monash University, New York University, Sciences Po, University of Hong Kong and King's College London. In 2014 the University of Warsaw team won first place in the most prestigious category of the FDI Moot, i.e. the oral phase.
Moreover, in the years 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 the University of Warsaw students were awarded for the best pleadings, and in the years 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 they achieved the podium in the overall classification of the competition.
Recruitment for the team representing the University of Warsaw in the FDI Moot is held every year in the first weeks of June. For the purposes of internal recruitment, students are asked to prepare presentations on one of the competition issues. Details of recruitment are announced every year on the Faculty’s website and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Fdimootuniversityofwarsawteam/?fref=ts
For more information about the competition visit: http://fdimoot.org