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    FDI Moot Shenzhen 2024 Launches an open Call for Arbitrators!

    The China National Round of the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot (FDI Moot Shenzhen), organized by the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA), will be held on 27-28 July and 3-4 August this year. SCIA sincerely invites you to serve as an arbitrator for the FDI Moot Shenzhen and share your valuable experience with the teams!


    I. About the FDI Moot and the FDI Moot Shenzhen

    The Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot (FDI Moot) has become the premier investor-State arbitration Moot. It is known as one of the “World’s Three Greatest Moot Competitions” together with the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The FDI Moot competition consists of a global round and several regional/national rounds, which share a common set of questions. Teams are required to pass the regional/national rounds to qualify for the global round.


    The FDI Moot Shenzhen was launched in 2020 and is exclusively organised by the SCIA. Last year, the competition attracted nearly 300 students from 41 teams, and more than 300 legal professionals in the field of investment arbitration from 46 countries and regions acted as arbitrators.


    II. Schedule of FDI Moot Shenzhen 2024

    FDI Moot Shenzhen 2024 will simulate part of the real procedure of an international investment arbitration case: teams shall submit a Skeleton Brief in advance and then argue specific legal issues in English during Oral Hearings. 3 legal professionals with investor-State arbitration experience will form an arbitral tribunal for each hearing, to evaluate and score the teams’ performance.


    The Oral Hearings are divided into two rounds:

    1. 27-28 July 2024

    Online Preliminary Round: the hearings will be held via zoom, with remote access for arbitrators and teams. SCIA will provide technical guidelines and testing in advance.


    2. 3-4 August 2024

    In-Person Elimination Rounds: The offline hearings will be held at the headquarters of the SCIA, the SCIA Tower, located in Qianhai, Shenzhen, China. The arbitrators and teams of the elimination rounds are required to come to Shenzhen to attend the hearings.


    III. Qualification Requirements for Arbitrators

    1. Basic Requirements

    (1) Lawyers, experts, scholars, arbitrators and other practitioners who have been practising in the field of international arbitration for no less than 2 years.

    (2) Proficient in English as a working language.


    2.Priority Consideration

    (1) Relevant experience in the field of international investment arbitration.

    (2) Experience in moot competitions.

    (3) Served as judges for English-language moot competitions.

    (4) Served as arbitrators in real cases.

    (5) Willing to serve as a standby arbitrator for FDI Moot Shenzhen 2024.


    3. Special Requirements for the In-Person Elimination Rounds

    (1) Have more than 6 years of relevant working experience.

    (2) Attend the Moot in Shenzhen (related expenses will be borne by the arbitrators themselves).


    The arbitrators will directly determine whether the teams are qualified to advance to the global round, so the professionalism of the arbitrators to perform their duties are crucial to the moot.

    The SCIA sincerely welcome legal professionals from all over the world to participate in the FDI Moot Shenzhen 2024. Special certificates will be issued to the arbitrators after the moot.


    If you are interested, please scan the QR code below to fill in the form to register and join the pool of arbitrators for the FDI Moot Shenzhen.


    If you need to refer to the 2024 problems and the rules of the FDI Moot Shenzhen 2024, please scan the QR code below.




    IV. Contact Us

    If you have any questions about the FDI Moot Shenzhen, please feel free to contact FDIMootSZ_Panel@scia.com.cn.

    Organizer: Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA).