NOVEMBER 7-10 2019Miami, FL

FDI Moot 2019 Global Rounds

The University of Miami School of Law is proud to host the
2019 Global Oral Hearings of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Competition
on its campus in Miami, Florida November 7 - 10 2019
in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria.

University of Miami School of Law

About the Event

What is the FDI Moot?

The Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot the (“FDI Moot") is an annual competition that helps future lawyers attain a practical understanding of the issues that arise out of these obligations between host States and foreign investors.

Founding Institutions

The competition is organized by the Center for International Legal Studies ("the Organizer") in cooperation with the following founding institutions:

Why Participate?

The FDI Moot creates a unique forum where academics and practitioners, and future lawyers come together not only to discover emerging talents, but new developments in the field. It is a great opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse group of people and hone written and oral advocacy skills. Additionally, arbitrators will earn CLE:
● 9.0 Florida Bar general credits
● 9.0 Certification Credits in Civil Trial

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.


The 2019 FDI Moot competition features 110 universities from 31 countries around the world.

View the full list of participating universities


The FDI Moot consists of two stages:

  1. - Preparation and submission of written Memorials for each of Claimant and Respondent
  2. - Presentation of oral arguments at the Oral Hearings

In doing so, future lawyers are able to develop their ability to research, draft, and advocate. To prepare, teams are expected to analyze the facts and evidence given, research relevant legal texts, craft legal arguments, draft memoranda for claimant and respondent, and advocate their relevant position before an international tribunals of experts.


The FDI Moot involves a hypothetical dispute in connection with an investment by a foreign investor in a host state. An (arguably) applicable investment agreement, treaty, or national legislation provides for dispute resolution before an arbitral tribunal consisting of three arbitrators in accordance with the chosen arbitration rules.

The dispute involves a set of theoretical and practical procedural and substantive legal issues both in the sphere of arbitration adjudication and foreign investment regulation and protection. Any existing or fictitious legal provisions may be used.

The dispute itself and the names of all the parties mentioned therein are fictitious. Any resemblance to an actual dispute or persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

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Rules Regarding Participation

The Registration Form is available on-line at

1. In each match of the Oral Rounds, each Team shall be represented by exactly two student members. The same or different student members may participate in different matches.

Where, for extraordinary reasons such as sudden serious illness or denial of visa, a Team becomes unable to field two advocates for the oral hearings, the Organizer may in its discretion permit the Team to participate with its sole remaining student member pleading (i) only half the issues/allotted time or (ii) all the issues/allotted time. In the case of (i), the Team will not be able to win matches or advance to the elimination rounds, but the sole advocate will remain individually eligible for ranking; in the case of (ii), the Team may also win matches and advance to the elimination rounds, though in its discretion the Organizer may impose a penalty for the Team only having one advocate.

2. Teams shall not reveal their School or country of origin to the Arbitrators or Memorial Judges at any time during the Competition. Every Team shall be referred to by its competition alias assigned by the Organizer.

3. Team members are responsible for their own travel to, visas for, and accommodations at the venue of the Oral Hearings.

The Biltmore Hotel
Rules Regarding Outside Assistance

1. All research, writing and editing, especially of memorials, shall be the exclusive product of student Team members.

Teams may seek and receive outside assistance, which shall be limited to a general discussion of the issues, suggestions as to research sources, general comments on arguments, organization and structure, and practice for the Oral Hearings. Teams may also receive financial and logistical support.

2. Teams shall indicate any person attending the oral rounds who has assisted the Team, either by registering such persons as a coach member of the Teams, or making the Organizer aware that such person, having been invited by the Organizer to act as an Arbitrator at the orals, could give rise to an appearance of partiality if assigned to one of the Team’s hearings.

Arbitrators and memorial judges should independently indicate a “conflict” with any Team they have assisted within the meaning of this rule.

3. Pre-mooting among participating teams is permitted so long as pre-moot organizers notify the Organizer. Pre-mooting may not involve exchange of memorials or other materials. Pre-moot teams must accept that the Organizer cannot take account of the pre-moot in its conduct of the Global FDI Moot orals rounds.

In the News
Regional Rounds and Global Round Information

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.

Key Dates

May 31, 2019: Registration Form & Registration Fee Deadline

June 1, 2019: 1st Clarification Requests Due (Online)

July 29, 2019: Skeleton Briefs Regionals, (Online)

August 1, 2019: All-Africa Regional, (Online)

August 8, 2019: 2nd Clarification Requests Due, (Online)

August 21, 2018: Asia Pacific Regional, Seoul, South Korea

September 16, 2019: Claimant Memorials, (Online)

September 23, 2019: Respondent Memorial, (Online)

November 7-10, 2019: Global Rounds, Miami, Florida - University of Miami, School of Law

White & Case International Arbitration LL.M.

The LL.M. in International Arbitration provides a unique individualized educational curriculum and opportunity for a small group of top-quality students from a range of countries, wishing to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field of international arbitration. Due to Miami Law’s prestigious White & Case International Arbitration LL.M., University of Miami School of Law has been selected among the top schools in 2019 on LL.M. GUIDE’s Top 10 Global List for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the FDI Moot Miami 2019 are available at several levels. Please download and complete the sponsorship form to indicate your support for the FDI Moot 2019. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Farah Barquero, Director, Programs, University of Miami School of Law.

Become a Sponsor

Venue: University of Miami School of Law

The Biltmore Hotel
Local Hotels

It is recommended participants stay in the neighborhoods of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Brickell or Dadeland, as they are closest to the University of Miami campus.

For a list of local hotels with University of Miami discounted rates, click here.

Special Requirements

Please email the University of Miami School of Law, Office of Events & Conferences at for assistance with any special dietary or access needs.

Shalala Student Center Complex
University of Miami Campus

The University of Miami School of Law is prominently positioned, academically and geographically, for the study of international arbitration. The University of Miami School of Law is on the 260-acre main campus of one of the largest private research universities in the U.S. with premier graduate schools. No other law school in the U.S. is located in a region that affords this exceptional mix of diverse perspectives and opportunities.

On Campus Resources
Coral Gables
Greater Miami

As Miami has become an active venue for international arbitration, participants in the FDI Moot will compete in a dynamic city and develop an international network with academics and practitioners in the arbitration field.

Miami is a major international trade and finance center at the “portal to the Americas” and a well sought-after venue for resolving international disputes through arbitration. Miami Law has created a unique infrastructure for students to network with international arbitration practitioners in Miami and beyond.

Coral Gables

The University is located in Coral Gables - known as one of Florida's most desirable residential areas and increasingly recognized as an international business center. The area offers all the benefits of large-city living in a relaxed suburban setting and is known for its wide boulevards, fountains, tropical trees, and palms

The main road in the Coral Gables business district is “Miracle Mile,” and is filled with restaurants, shops, galleries and theaters. Next door to Coral Gables is the Greater Miami area with many distinctive neighborhoods such as South Miami, Coconut Grove, Brickell, the Art Deco inspired South Beach, and "Little Havana."


It is easy to get to campus as Miami International Airport – MIA – is only 20 minutes from campus (and Fort Lauderdale International Airport – FLL – is only 50 minutes away).

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FDI Moot Miami Schedule

Student Lounge (“Team Lounge”) & Bass Bricks

Student Lounge (“Team Lounge”) & Bass Bricks

12:00PM - 2:00PM
Miami Law International Arbitration Institute Lecture
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Miami Law LL.M. Alumni Reunion*

University of Miami Lowe Art Museum
Join us to celebrate your Miami Law LL.M. reunion! All LL.M. alumni from around the world are invited back to campus for a weekend full of exciting events and reconnecting with former classmates and friends.

Events marked with an asterisk (*) are not part of the FDI Moot Schedule and require separate registration (and possibly a separate registration fee). They are listed here merely for convenience, as many participants of the FDI Moot Miami also may be interested in attending some these other events.

Contact Information

University of Miami School of Law

Farah Barquero, Director of Programs