Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot


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2023 Case expected to be published 6-02-2023 The Case Committee and the Organizer apologize for the delay.

Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot

Africa, Asia Pacific, and South Asia Regionals

2023 Group Phase 18-20 August, Elimination Phase 25-27 August

Our 2023 Regional Rounds will be held virtually again to keep teams’ and arbitrators' travel costs and carbon footprints down.

The Registration Fee for participating directly in the Globals is: for teams from "very high" HDI Countries €850; for teams from "high" HDI Countries €650, for teams from "medium" HDI countries €450, or for teams from "low" HDI Countries €250, based on the UNDP Human Development Index. For teams participating via the China National Round (FDI Moot Shenzhen) and the South Asia Regional, the Registration Fee is €250. For teams participating via the All Africa Regional, the Registration Fee is €75.

Africa

Wilmer Hale Logo has sponsored (2017, 2019-24) a USD1500 annual prize for the winner of the All Africa Regional. This multi-year sponsorship now gives us a solid foundation from which to seek additional support to give international opportunities to promising young lawyers in Africa.

The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) has been a prize sponsor for the Africa Regional in 2016 and 2018 and has agreed to sponsor a USD500 annual prize for the Best Advocate (2019-21). The prize is awarded in the name of late International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) President Noël Ferris.

Three Crowns committed USD3000 to the 2022 Wälde Fund earmarked to support the top teams advancing from All Africa Regional. Three Crowns is also delighted to announce that it will provide coaching assistance (by videoconference) to the winner of the FDI Moot’s All Africa Regional. The initiative is part of Three Crowns’ larger commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in international arbitration.

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Egypt National Round TBD 2023

The Egypt National Rounds are planned as in person rounds. Should the Covid situation in Egypt require a change away from in person rounds such decision will be communicated in July. The rounds will then take place virtually.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy as host of the National Round has agreed to sponsor the winning team’s €650 registration fee to participate directly in the Globals.
All Egyptian teams must register and confirm via the FDI Moot Website and pay EGP1000 as a deposit directly to MBH; ignoring the website payment prompt but contacting MBH directly for information on procedure. The deposit will be returned to each team after conclusion of the National Round.

Teams from the South Asia Region must participate via the South Asia Regional. The top 4 South Asia Regional teams advance automatically to the Globals and are eligible for support from the Thomas Wälde Team Fund.

Teams not among the top 4 may still top up their registration fees to take part in the Globals (no access to TWF support). Indication of the wish to top up and participate in the Globals has to be sent to the FDI Administration within 5 days following the completion of the Regional Orals and may be subject to overall capacity restrictions at the Globals, in which case such teams will be accepted to the Globals according to the Regional ranking and first-come, first-serve.

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The Asia Pacific Regional is organized in cooperation with KCAB INTERNATIONAL.

Registration fees for the Asia Pacific Regional vary according to the the team's home country HDI.

The top 6 Asia Pacific teams advance automatically to the Globals; if from a low- or medium-HDI country, the team is eligible for support from the Wälde Fund.

Up to 4 Asia Pacific teams may register to particpate directly in the Globals (full "very high" HDI registration fee regardless of home country HDI, no access to Wälde Fund support).

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China National Round/FDI Moot Shenzhen

TBD (Group Phase) and TBD (Eliminations) 2023

Please see FDI Moot Shenzhen.The 2022 China National Rounds were planned as Group Phase Rounds (online) plus Elimination Rounds (in-person). Should the Covid situation in China require a change away from in person rounds such decision will be communicated in July. Approximately the top one-third of teams participating in the FDI Moot Shenzhen will advance directly to the Globals (50%) or via the Asia Pacific Regional (50%).

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Viet Nam National Round

TBD (Group Phase) and TBD (Eliminations) 2023

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Thomas Wälde Fund

All teams advancing from a Regional to the Global Rounds and eligible for support from the Thomas Wälde Fund, i.e. from low- or medium-income (HDI) countries, must return the completed application for monetary assistance form before the Claimant Memorial deadline. Untimely applications will not be considered.

All eligible and timely applications remain subject to the usual considerations: availability of funds, HDI index of home country, number of team members travelling, travel costs, etc., and will be notified within a fortnight after the deadline.