Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot

12 June 2020

Dear FDI Moot Community:

Thank you for your patience while we finalized our planning and took time to make a difficult choice. Recognizing that the covid-19 pandemic will likely have a sustained impact on the health and safety of our community, as well as on global travel, required quarantines, and team funding, the FDI Moot Directors, Founders and Board have decided to conduct the 2020 FDI Moot Globals virtually (via Zoom) as scheduled in November 2020. While we appreciate that the virtual experience will be quite different from being able to meet in person in Seoul, we are confident that teams and arbitrators will enjoy this new challenge. We will be developing special online events to accompany the Global rounds, to be announced later.

Having also been made aware that some regularly participating law schools have faced obstacles organizing their teams in the usual way, we are extending the registration deadline to 1 August 2020 (one week before the 2nd round of clarification questions are due on 8 August). With the memorials due in mid-September, teams only managing to register by 1 August will still have every chance to succeed in the competition. The extended deadline remains subject to our cap on the total number of teams in the Globals.


12 May 2020
Recognizing that covid-19 may have slowed team organization and approval, we are extending the deadline to complete (Pay) registration to 1 July. Please do not delay starting (Submit & Confirm) team registration as that is where you will also be able to provide your preference on the mode of the Globals. Teams that have confirmed but not yet paid may submit clarification requests for the 1st Round of Requests (deadline 1 June).


8 April 2020

  • 2020 Globals will take place as scheduled 6-9 November.
  • We are confident the 2020 Globals can be held as a live round in Seoul.
  • If, however, by mid-July, a live round in Seoul looks unworkable, we will pivot to a virtual Global Round.
  • If only some teams are prevented from participating in the live round in Seoul, CILS will integrate them virtually.
See FDI Moot Directors letter to the FDI Moot Community


26 Feb 2020
We have received some questions in regard to Covid-19 (novel corona virus). We are monitoring health alerts carefully. It is too early to decide on alternative venues or formats for the 2020 FDI Moot Globals — if the situation warrants that.

We are confident that we will not have to cancel the 2020 FDI Moot. November 2020 gives us (and global health authorities) considerable time to deal with eventualities (and the outbreak itself), keeping in mind our participants' health and convenience and the FDI Moot's continuing success.

As our strategy evolves, we will update our community via the FDI Moot’s website (here), Facebook and Linked In pages. Be assured that the FDI Moot will find a way for us to safely work around Covid-19.


2020 Globals
4-9 November
via Zoom
FDI Moot Global Orals 4-9 November 2020 via Zoom. Image Credits: Pixabay, wikimedia.org.

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.

What characterises the FDI Moot? It's about arbitration - so like the Vis? It involves public international law – so like the Jessup? Well, while we agree that the FDI Moot unites some characteristics of these renowned competitions, FDI Moot also introduces other aspects of international dispute resolution and business law, like foreign investment(duh!), corporate structures & procedures, licensing, environmental law, IP, damages,... The FDI Moot also has some special features – its Globals are in November and the Global venue rotates among major world dispute resolution centres. Teams compete under aliases to avoid (perceived) biases in favour of (or against) famous universities. And of course our competitors and arbitrators are the BEST :-)

The FDI Moot spans approximately six months each year in two phases, written memorials for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument with regional or national rounds for Asia Pacific (Seoul), South Asia (New Delhi), Kenya (Nairobi), Ethiopia (Dire Dawa) and Viet Nam (Ho Chi Minh City), and pre moots in Budapest, St Petersburg, Sao Paulo and Warsaw....

Asia-Pacific Teams

In 2020, Asia-Pacific teams may participate directly in the Globals (no AP Regional). National limits may apply.

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