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Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition (FIAMC)

 

 

The FIAMC is a simulated hearing before an arbitration tribunal set up according to the rules of the International Convention for the Settlement of Investment (ICSID). The competition consists of two stages: First, students prepare the core arguments for both claimant and respondent with respect to a topical problem of international investment law. Subsequently, they present their arguments in oral proceedings. Eminent practitioners of international law, including ICJ judges, preside over the final.

The moot court is hosted at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, with the final taking place at the premises of the Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The final event in Frankfurt is also surrounded by a number of conferences that are often organised in cooperation with arbitral institutions, such as the SCC.

Past performance highlights:

  • 2012-2013: Competed in best of sixteen round at the finals in Frankfurt
  • 2014-2015: Competed in knock-outs as 8th -best of sixteen at the finals in Frankfurt
  • 2016-2017 : Placed 12th overall at the finals in Frankfurt

Testimonials:

Participating in the moot was a great experience, although it included hard work, dedication and little private life. However, if you're lucky, your team will become your new friends and thus, your new social life. What I particularly liked about the FIAMC was that investment law and cases is probably not something that students normally have on their ordinary curriculum. Hence, participants are able to get introduced to an interesting, sometimes controversial field of law.
- Teresa Quintel (2014-2015)

Signing up for the FIAMC was one of the best academic choices I could have made. It has not only made me develop my teamwork skills, but it has helped me gain confidence in my abilities, be they advocacy skills or working under pressure. Participating in a moot requires a great amount of work and commitment. But is it also one of the most rewarding extracurricular activities a law student can possibly sign up for. I can only give one recommendation to my fellow Master students: participate, be it in the FIAMC or any other moot the University of Luxembourg offers; it is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on!
- Maria Ludwika Grossbusch (2011-2012)

2016-2017 FIAMC Team in Stockholm