Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot

Deakin Law School is proud to host the 2020 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot at its city campus on 2–3 September.

We invite undergraduate and juris doctor law students from Australian law schools to participate in this competition, with the winning team set to receive kudos and win a shared prize of $1000.

This competition is focused on international commercial law and arbitration. Arbitration is the business community’s preference for resolving international commercial disputes and legal practitioners who are skilled in this area are highly sought-after. Participants will be required to seek resolution to a fictitious problem in a simulated courtroom setting.

Structure of the 2020 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot

The moot will be run at Deakin Law School's CBD campus over two consecutive days, on 2–3 September 2020. Each team will compete in two rounds on day one, once as claimant and once as respondent. The semifinal and grand final will take place on day two.

The rounds will be judged by legal practitioners who have competed in the Vis Moot or similar moots. The grand final will be judged by experts within arbitration.

Members of the winning team will share in a prize of gift vouchers totalling $1000.

The competition is proudly sponsored by Allens Linklaters.

Prizes

Winning team

  • Share a prize of $1000 in vouchers
  • Trophy for each team member
  • Certificate for each team member

Runner-up team

  • Trophy for each team member
  • Certificate for each team member

Best oralist (rounds)

  • Trophy
  • Certificate

Best submission

  • Certificate for each team member

Best oralist (grand final)
Sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Program and rules

The program will be posted when finalised.

Download the Alfred Deakin ICA Moot rules (PDF, 646KB)

Who can enter?

There will be a maximum of 28 teams. Each law school or law student society can enter one (1) Primary Team and one (1) Reserve Team of two or three participants. All participants must be current LLB or JD students. Additional teams can be accepted at the discretion of the convenor.

Registration will open 1 June 2020.

Universities and student societies can submit your expression of interest here to receive a notification when registration opens.

Supporters and onlookers are welcome at the Grand Final.

Key dates

Expressions of interest – Open

Registrations open – 1 June

Competition question release date – 1 July

Clarification questions to be submitted to Courtney Bow – 15 July

Release of document of clarifications – 20 July

Competitor registration closes – 18 July

Acceptance of registration – 20 July

First submission (memoranda for Claimant) – 17 August 6pm

Exchange of memoranda (Claimant) – 18 August

First Submission (memoranda for Respondent) – 24 August 6pm

Exchange of memoranda (Respondent) – 25 August 6pm

Initial rounds – 2 September

Semi-final and grand final – 3 September

About our judges

Judges for the grand final will be posted when finalised.

Registration for Deakin moot team

Deakin University will select two teams of 2–3 students to take part in the 2020 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot.

Previous study of international commercial law is recommended but not necessary.

Expressions of interest will open 18 May 2020, and close 22 June 2020.

Students will be required to submit:

  • their CV
  • a copy of their academic results (a copy downloaded from StudentConnect is sufficient)
  • a short cover letter explaining their interest in international commercial arbitration and their participation in the ICA Moot.

Students will be contacted for an interview.

Previous moots

2019 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot

2019 Grand Final Winner – University of Queensland
2019 Runners Up – Deakin University

Best Speaker in Grand Final – Mr Timothy Choo (University of Queensland)
Best Speaker – Mr Alex Di Rosso (Murdoch University)

Best Claimant Submission – University of Queensland
Best Claimant Submission Runner Up – Murdoch University
Best Respondent Submission – University of Queensland
Best Respondent Submission Runner Up – Murdoch University

2019 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem

2018 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot

Grand Final Winner – Deakin University
Runners Up – Monash University

Best Speaker in Grand Final – Ms Emma Dixon (Deakin University)
Best Speaker – Ms Elise Jasper (Monash University)

Best Submission – RMIT

2018 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem

2017 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot

Grand Final Winner – Latrobe University
Runners Up – Deakin University

2017 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem

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