FRANKFURT (6 February 2013) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is the lead organizer and sponsor of the two main prizes at The 6th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, the first international student competition focusing on investment protection, which will take place for the sixth time at the Goethe University Frankfurt from 18 to 22 March 2013. Moreover, two McDermott partners specializing in international arbitration, Dr. Sabine Konrad and Lisa Richman, are playing leading roles at the prestigious competition, which Dr. Konrad founded seven years ago.
From left to right: Lisa Richman (McDermott, organizer and guest arbitrator), Mark Kantor (arbitrator), Ronald Bettauer (arbitrator), Willa Obel (Coach, American University), Greg Reed (AU), Alex Haney (AU), Matthew Peterson (AU), Kyle Bates (AU), Jonathan Gimblett (Covington, served as guest arbitrator), Bonnie Bird (arbitrator) and Michael Collins (arbitrator)
This year’s competition has drawn almost 50 teams of students from 25 countries on every continent in the world.
“Investment protection forms an integral part of international economic law and opens up many interesting international professional perspectives for law students and young practitioners,” said Dr. Konrad. “Participation in a student moot competition strongly enhances knowledge of international investment protection law and its dispute resolution mechanisms through their application to a concrete case problem. The moot court also trains law students in alternative methods and tools of dispute resolution which can be very valuable in their future careers.”
At this year’s competition, students will present oral arguments before arbitration tribunals composed of investment treaty specialists. The final on 22 March will be before Judge Peter Tomka (President of the International Court of Justice), Professor Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah (The C.J. Koh Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of Law at the University of Malaya), and Dechert LLP partner Eduardo Silva Romero. Hearings will be held at the University of Frankfurt am Main and the Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
The 2013 Moot Court involves a dispute (“Case Study”) arising out of international investment protection law and provisions of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), which was made available on the competition’s website in the fall. The Case Study is composed of the fictitious “Arctic Charter Treaty of 1911” and real cases including: Bering Sea Arbitration (1893), between the United Kingdom and United States, seen as one of the milestones of international environmental law, the freedom of the High Seas and the protection (and exploitation) of natural resources; and Asser Arbitration (1902), between the Russian Empire and United States, which concerned the seizure of four whaling and sealing ships seized by the Russian navy. The arbitrator in that case, Tobias Asser, later received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his contribution to the development of international dispute resolution. One of the captains of the seized ships in the Asser case, Alex McLean, is thought to be the true-life model for Jack London’s novel, Sea Wolf.
As for prizes, the Best Advocate winner 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). McDermott is also sponsoring the Winning Team prize. Each member of the Winning Team will receive a scholarship for a three-week placement at The Hague Academy of International Law.
This year’s teams come from Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.
Five Practice Moot Courts will be held at various locations in the world during the weeks leading up to the main Moot Court in Frankfurt. Ms. Richman will be hosting two of them: 9 February in London and the week after in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, please visit http://investmentmoot.org/
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