16 July 2021 Together with our friends at KCAB, we have concluded that it is safer to decide now to hold the 2021 FDI Moot Globals as an entirely virtual Round.
About half of our participating teams said they would need to participate virtually. Many among the other half preferring “in-person” rounds still expressed reservations depending on the situation in October.
Globally, vaccination has progressed more slowly than we hoped a few months ago. Attaining “herd immunity” in South Korea, which is a benchmark for significantly relaxing travel restrictions (e.g. quarantine), no longer seems attainable by the end of October.
The Globals will go ahead as scheduled in Oct/Nov using essentially the same virtual procedures as in 2020. We will communicate further details going forward.
As of 1 March 2021, the plan for the competition format is:
- Globals starting end-October in-person in Seoul but with option for teams to particpate virtually/via hybrid rounds.
- If by mid-July, it looks like (most) teams will not be able to travel to Seoul (without quarantine) at the end of October, we will shift to a virtual-only Global Round.
- The South Asia and All Africa Regionals in August will be virtual-only. No 2021 Asia Pacific Regional
- The China and Vietnam National may mix virtual preliminary rounds with in-person elimination rounds (TBC).
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....