Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot
2023 Globals in Lucknow, India
2-5 November 2023 In-Person
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow will host the Globals at its modern facilities and expansive campus in Lucknow. Also known as the "The City of Nawabs", "The Golden City of the East", "Shiraz-i-Hind", and "The Constantinople of India", Lucknow is the historical capital of Uttar Pradesh and a one-hour flight from New Delhi (multiple flights daily).
Participation in the 2023 Globals is based on in-person attendance. A team may apply for the in-person requirement to be waived on grounds such as visa, health & saftey, or financial restrictions (application details, deadline, etc TBA). Waiver entails the virtual participation of the entire team. If 5 or more teams are granted waivers, those teams may be scheduled to compete in a virtual Global Group Phase one week prior to the in-person Global Group Phase; the teams advancing from the virtual Global Group Phase will compete in virtual or hybrid matches in the Global Elimination Phase (R32 or R16 onwards).
The All Africa Regional will be virtual (as prior to and during the pandemic).
The Asia Pacific Regional will remain virtual in 2023.
The 2023 South Asia Regional format will be determined soon.
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 four months each year in two phases, written memorials for claimant and respondent due in September and the oral hearings in late-October/early-November. Regional or national rounds (Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, China, Vietnam, ...) in July and August may precede these, and several pre moots (non-competive practice) are held in late-September and October.