Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court

A Student Moot Competition on International Investment Protection Law

The Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAC) is an international student competition with a focus on investment protection law. The law on foreign investment protection is presently the most innovative, fastest developing and intellectually challenging branch of international law with high practical relevance. The increasing number of investment disputes before international arbitral tribunals reflects the notable preference of the international business community for resolving international investment disputes through arbitration.

Students organized in teams represent their university at the FIAC. The competition involves a dispute (“Case Study”) arising out of international investment protection law and provisions of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). After an intensive stage of preparation, the competing teams will orally present their arguments before arbitral tribunals composed of investment treaty specialists. In contrast to other Moot Court competitions, the FIAC sets its main focus on the oral presentation of the arguments and thus offers participating students a unique opportunity to train their advocacy and presenting skills. Participants will furthermore gain substantive knowledge investment protection law and develop abilities in alternative dispute resolution, especially in investment arbitration.

The FIAC is organized by the Wilhelm Merton Center for European Integration and International Economic Order and passes in the academic year of 2016/2017 its 10th round. The final rounds of the FIAC take place from 6 – 10 March 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, one of the leading financial centers in the world. The competition does not only attract students from universities around the globe but also professionals from highly renowned companies taking part as arbitrators. Following this, participation in the FIAC offers students to meet and connect with their future mentors and colleagues.

The Best Advocate will be awarded the McDermott Will & Emery Scholarship for an LL.M. in International and Comparative Dispute Settlement at Queen Mary School of International Arbitration (London). Each member of the Winning Team will receive a scholarship for a three-week placement at The Hague Academy of International Law. Furthermore, the Investor-State Law Guide (ISLG) is sponsoring the winning team with a one-year free subscription to ISLG.