November 2, 2015
Orçun Çetinkaya, Partner at Moroğlu Arseven, acted as an arbitrator during the Global Finals of the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot, held at King’s College London on 29 October to 1 November 2015. The Moot was the Global Final of the annual competition, which involves the final stage rotating between Frankfurt, Malibu, Boston and London. The competition allows future lawyers from around the world to attain a practical understanding of the issues involved in international investor-State arbitration, as well as give practitioners and academics an opportunity to identify young talent.
83 teams registered world-wide in the 2015 competition, with South Asia and Asia Pacific regionals held in New Delhi and Seoul respectively. 51 teams took part in the London hearings. The 2015 Global Finals in London were won by a team from the University of Athens.
The FDI Moot spans approximately six months each year over two phases, with written memorials for claimant and respondent followed by oral arguments. Proceedings are conducted in English, under either institutional or ad hoc rules. Participants represent a hypothetical foreign investor during an investment dispute with a host state. The competition requires participants to consider theoretical and practical procedural and substantive legal issues about arbitration adjudication, as well as foreign investment regulation and protection.
The Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot was founded in 2006. The competition is managed by the Centre For International Legal Studies, with support from four other founding organizations: Suffolk University Law School (Boston, Massachusetts); Pepperdine University Law School (Malibu, California); Centre of European Law (King’s College London); German Institution of Arbitration (Frankfurt/Cologne). Further information about the competition can be found on its website.