Below is a description of the 2010 Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition (FDI Moot), which was held at Pepperdine University in California. This competition draws teams from law schools all over the world, and Senior Lawyers Division members are invited to participate as “arbitrators.”
Last year I participated in three of the many dozens of arbitration “hearings” as a member of different arbitrator “panels” in the qualifying rounds. In so doing, I had the opportunity to meet and interact with practicing lawyers from Mexico, France, Italy, Argentina, and Australia, among other countries, all of whom were co-arbitrators, and to meet very accomplished law students from 6 of the 17 countries represented.
The 2011 competition will be held in London in early November. Chris Gibson, co-director of the competition, prepared this summary at my request to inform and attract members of our division who would like to be involved this year.
-Denis T. Rice, vice-chair, Senior Lawyers Division International Issues Committee