A Unique Combination of Legal History and Cutting Edge Modern International Law
The Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court is the oldest and most prestigious student competition in the area of investment protection law. Its focus is on the oral presentation of legal arguments before an arbitral tribunal composed of specialists in the field during a one week final event which takes place in early or mid-March of every year.
The Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court is unique in that it combines the law of investment protection, one of the most modern and fastest developing areas of international law, with the history of international law and of international trade.
Each year, the case study provided to students is based on real-life, historic events, ranging from a banking case of the 4th century BC (Isokrates, Pasion) to medieval papers from the Geniza of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat (Old Cairo), a dispute between the Russian Empire and the USA in the 19th century (the Dahlberg case), and the British Banknotes Case of the 1920ies. The students argue the cases under modern international law, but usually historical decrees (such as the so-called Cleopatra papyrus), contemporaneous national law and legal opinions (such as legal opinions found in the Geniza documents relating to the marital status of Ashu Berakha) or treaties (such as the 1832 Treaty between Russia and the USA) play an important role.
We follow this approach (staying as true to historic facts as possible) because we want to do more than just help the participating students to acquire solid knowledge of international law and improve their advocacy skills: We also want to “infect” students with a passion for legal history and an understanding of the sophistication of law and economy throughout history.
MANDATORY QUALIFYING ROUNDS (INDIA)
The mandatory national qualifying rounds for India is organised by the Network for International Law Students, with the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration hosting it in their premises.
The 11th FIAMC National Qualifying Rounds will be held on 20 January, 2018 (Saturday). The rounds will be held at MCIA, 20th Floor, Express Towers, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
Please note that for capacity reasons participation in the India National Rounds is limited to the first 24 Indian teams to register for the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court.
The Indian teams eligible for participation will be contacted with more detailed information shortly.