FDI Moot Regionals and National Rounds

Teams from outside the regions below continue to participate directly in the Globals and remain eligible for financial support subject to the usual considerations (availability of funds, HDI index of home country, number of team members travelling, travel costs, etc).

Hosted at University of South Africa Science Campus and organised by The Student Litigation Society NPC (email: rsafdimoot.org)

Teams from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa compete against one another in a Southern Africa Subregional with the winning team(s) advancing to the All Africa Regional.

The Subregional hosts have arranged for subsidised Registration Fees of US$20 (ZAR290) per team. All teams have to register via the FDI Moot Team Registration page. Up to two teams per university are allowed to sign up. Please check if a team from your university has signed up already and indicate Team A or Team B in such cases.

Teams participating in this Subregional Round will not need to submit skeleton briefs, and will be evaluated on their oral performance only.

Hosted at Africa Nazarene University and organised by a consortium of Strathmore University, Africa Nazarene University and Mount Kenya University (email: kenyafdimoot.org)

Teams from Kenya must participate via the Kenya National, with the top National team(s) advancing to the All Africa Regional.

The Kenya National host has arranged for subsidised Registration Fees of Ksh5,080 per team. All teams have to register via the FDI Moot Team Registration page. Up to two teams per university are allowed to sign up. Please check if a team from your university has signed up already and indicate Team A or Team B in such cases. Please pay your registration fee to
Account Name: Africa Nazarene University
Bank Name: Co-operative Bank
Branch: MASAI MALL Branch
Account No: 01129011316000
Indicate the payee (participating university team) and the purpose of payment (Kenya National Rounds).

Teams participating in the National Round will not need to submit skeleton briefs, and will be evaluated on their oral performance only.

Hosted at and organised by Haramaya University College of Law (email: ethiopiafdimoot.org)

Teams from Ethiopia must participate via the Ethiopia National, with the top National team advancing to the All-Africa Regional.

The Ethiopia National host has arranged for a waiver of Registration Fees. All teams have to register via the FDI Moot Team Registration page. Up to two teams per university are allowed to sign up.

Teams participating in the National Round will not need to submit skeleton briefs, and will be evaluated on their oral performance only.

Hosted at and organised by Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy (email: egyptfdimoot.org)

Teams from Egypt must participate via the Egypt National, with the top National team advancing directly to the Global.

The Egypt National host has arranged for a waiver of Registration Fees. All teams have to register via the FDI Moot Team Registration page. Up to two teams per university are allowed to sign up. Please check if a team from your university has signed up already and indicate Team A or Team B in such cases.

Teams participating in the National Round will not need to submit skeleton briefs, and will be evaluated on their oral performance only.

AfricaThe 2019 FDI Moot All -Africa Regional will be held as a virtual round, judged by renowned international arbitrators and featuring the national champions of the participating African countries. Contact us, if you would like to hold a National Round in your country. The video conference hearings for the All Africa Regional will be scheduled for the 2nd week in August.

Wilmer Hale Logo has sponsored (2017, 2019-21) 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 now agreed to sponsor a USD500 annual prize for the Best Advocate of the Final Match (2019-21).

All teams advancing to the Global Rounds and eligible to support from the Thomas Wälde Fund must complete and return the application for monetary assistance form before the (Claimant) Memorial deadline. Teams eligible for assistance who have not completed and return such application will not be considered.

All teams eligible for financial support who submit the above form within the stated deadline are 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 deadline.

Hosted at Hanoi Law University and organised by The Vietnam Society of International Law VSIL (email: vietnamfdimoot.org)

Teams from Viet Nam must participate via the Viet Nam National, with the top National team(s) advancing to the Asia Pacific Regionals.

The Viet Nam National hosts have arranged for fully subsidised Registration Fees. All teams have to register, however, via the FDI Moot Team Registration page. Up to two teams per university are allowed to sign up.

Teams participating in the National Round will not need to submit skeleton briefs, and will be evaluated on their oral performance only.

Regional in Seoul, 20-23 August 2019 organised by the KCAB INTERNATIONAL at Seoul National University email: asiapacificfdimoot.org

Teams from the Asia Pacific Region may participate in the Global competition either:

  1. via the Seoul Regional, with the top six Regional Orals teams advancing to the Globals, and the top three oral teams receiving cash prizes to support this, or
  2. directly (limited to four teams).

Ad 1. - The top teams advancing from the Regional will be eligible for support from the Thomas Wälde Fund (TWF). These teams must confirm their participation in the Globals within five (5) days following the completion of the Asia Pacific Regional. Any of these 6 slots not confirmed will be made available to the next qualified teams in line (7th…)

All teams advancing to the Global Rounds and eligible to support from the Thomas Wälde Fund must complete and return the application for monetary assistance form before the (Claimant) Memorial deadline. Teams eligible for assistance who have not completed and return such application will not be considered.

All teams eligible for financial support who submit the above form within the stated deadline are 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 deadline.

Ad 2. - The four teams participating directly in the Globals will not be eligible for support from the TWF. Teams not among the top six oral performers in Seoul may also re-register for the Globals within 10 days of the Asia Pacific Regional Orals, if any of the four slots via per 2. remain available.

South Asia Regional

30 August - 1 September 2019

Hosted at The Indian Society of International Law, and The India International Centre and organised by Kachwaha & Partners (email: southasiafdimoot.org)

Teams from the South Asia Region must participate via the New Delhi Regional, with the top Regional teams from each advancing to the Globals and eligible for support from the Thomas Wälde Team Fund.

The South Asia Regional host has arranged for subsidised Registration Fees for teams from India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and for teams from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

All teams advancing to the Global Rounds and eligible to support from the Thomas Wälde Fund must complete and return the application for monetary assistance form before the (Claimant) Memorial deadline. Teams eligible for assistance who have not completed and return such application will not be considered.

All teams eligible for financial support who submit the above form within the stated deadline are 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 deadline.

Teams not among the top performers in New Delhi 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 10 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.

All registered teams (regardless of participating or advancing through a Regional) may submit full memorials to compete in the written awards. Teams advancing from the Regionals to the Global must submit full memorials.

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All teams advancing to the Global Rounds and eligible to support from the Thomas Wälde Fund must complete and return the application for monetary assistance form before the (Claimant) Memorial deadline. Teams eligible for assistance who have not completed and return such application will not be considered.

All teams eligible for financial support who submit the above form within the stated deadline are 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 deadline.

In 2008, the late Prof Thomas Wälde and Mr Ian Laird launched an appeal to raise funds to support developing country teams' participation in the FDI Moot. The Thomas Wälde Team Fund distributes donations in the form of accommodation or travel subsidies. The full amount of all donations received goes to teams. Since 2011, Skadden has matched donations (up to US $1500). We would like to thank the individuals and organisations for their donations and their matching support.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here: Donation Form US taxpayers may wish to donate via Network for Good_CILS Benefactors. Donations administered through CILS Benefactors ("Network for Good"and "PayPal") may be tax-deductible. Use PayPal for your Donation:

The Wälde family has also permitted us to name the award for the best advocate in honour of Prof. Wälde.

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A team taking part in a Regional must submit a "Skeleton Brief" before the Regional hearings (and not full memorials). The below adaptation of FDI Moot Rules, Article 6 applies to Skeleton Briefs:
6.2.1. - Skeleton Briefs shall only include items 6.2.1.a. Cover Page and 6.2.1.e. Arguments.
6.2.2. - Skeleton Briefs may NOT contain additional parts or exhibits.
6.3. - Each Skeleton Brief, including any footnotes, shall be 1500 words or less.
6.4. - Skeleton Briefs may be drafted in topic outline style.
6.5. - Not applicable (see 6.2.1. above).
6.7. - The review criteria shall be adjusted according the nature of Skeleton Briefs.
6.9. - One day before the Regional Hearings, each Team shall receive access to the Skeleton Briefs drafted by other Teams.

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