Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot

Deakin Law School is proud to host the 2021 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot virtually on 7–9 September.

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

With the uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation, the safety and wellbeing of all who participate in Deakin activities remains our priority. As a result, the 2021 competition will take place on a virtual platform.

Entering its fifth year of operation, the Alfred Deakin ICA Moot provides law students, from Australia and internationally, with the opportunity to develop practical skills and engage with international commercial arbitration. The three-day competition sees students present to experienced legal professionals, advancing their advocacy skills, and becoming more familiar with international commercial law and arbitration.

The Alfred Deakin ICA Moot is proudly sponsored by Allens Linklaters and CIArb.

Structure of the 2021 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot

The moot will be run virtually via the online platform Zoom over three consecutive days, on 7–9 September 2021. Each team will compete in two preliminary rounds during the first two days, once as claimant and once as respondent. The elimination rounds, the two finals rounds and grand final will take place on day two and three.

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 AUD $1000.

Moot schedule (PDF, 188.5KB)

Prizes

Winning team

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

Runner-up team

  • Certificate for each team member

Best oralist (grand final)

  • Certificate
  • A free place on CIArb Australia’s 2022 Introduction to International Arbitration Course

Best oralist (rounds)

  • Certificate

Best submission

  • Certificate for each team member

    Who can enter?

    Each law school or law student society can enter a maximum of two teams of two or three participants. All participants must be current LLB or JD students.

    Supporters and onlookers are welcome to view the grand final.

    Key dates

    Registration is now open – register here

    Competition question release date – 28 June 2021, 11:59pm AEST

    Clarification questions to be submitted to Moot Coordinator – 14 July 2021, 11.59pm AEST

    Competitor registration closes – 19 July 2021, 11.59pm AEST

    Release of document of clarifications – 20 July 2021, 11:59pm AEST

    Acceptance of registration – 21 July 2021, 11:59 AEST

    First submission (memoranda for Claimant) – 16 August 2021, 11:59pm AEST

    Exchange of memoranda (Claimant) – 17 August 2021, 11:59pm AEST

    Second submission (memoranda for Respondent) – 23 August 2021, 11:59pm AEST

    Exchange of memoranda (Respondent) – 24 August 2021, 11.59pm AEST

    Initial rounds – 7–9 September 2021

    Elimination rounds – 8–9 September 2021

    Finals and grand final – 9 September 2021

    About our grand final judges

    Duncan Travis, Partner Allens Linklaters

    Duncan has specialised in resolving large-scale complex and international commercial disputes for nearly 20 years. He has advised clients in a broad range of disputes including class actions, multi-jurisdictional litigation, regulatory investigations, Royal Commissions, and commercial arbitration. He is passionate about the educational benefits of mooting and has long been involved in moot competitions as a mentor, coach and judge.

    Michael Gronow QC, Board Member CIArb

    Michael is a Barrister and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, based in Melbourne Australia. He practises mainly in commercial law (including insolvency), arbitration and mediation, as well as equity, probate, property, professional discipline and negligence. He appears regularly at trial and appellate level before the Federal and State Courts. He has published books on bankruptcy and company liquidation, and journal articles in Australia and overseas on topics including insolvency, arbitration, intellectual property, equity, professional negligence, trade practices and remedies. He lectures on insolvency law at the University of Melbourne.

    Professor Christopher Kee, Flinders University and Director of the Vis Moot

    Christopher Kee is the Chair of Academic Senate, and a member of the University Council at Flinders University, where he is also the Dean (Education), for the College of Business, Government and Law. Professor Kee is a Deakin Alum, and has particular expertise in the field of international arbitration and has published widely on the topic. He has been a Director of the Vis Moot since 2013.

    Enquiries

    Please contact Samantha Wilkinson (Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Coordinator) at deakin-ica-moot@deakin.edu.au for more information.

    Deakin team selection

    Please contact David Tan (Deakin Law School Moot Coordinator) at david.tan@deakin.edu.au for more information.

    Previous moots

    2020 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot (Sponsored by Allens Linklaters)

    2020 Grand Final Winner – University of New South Wales
    2020 Runners Up – University of Queensland

    Best Speaker in Grand Final (sponsored by CIArb) – Mr Jason Dong (University of New South Wales)
    Best Speaker in General Rounds – Miss Grace Dickinson (University of Melbourne)

    Best Claimant Memorandum – University of Queensland (Team I1)
    Best Claimant Memorandum Runner Up – University of Queensland (Team D1)
    Best Claimant Memorandum Third place – University of New South Wales (Team H1)

    Best Respondent Memorandum – Monash University (Team G1)
    Best Respondent Memorandum Runner Up – University of Queensland (Team I1)
    Best Respondent Memorandum Third place – RMIT (Team D2)

    2020 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem

    Watch the 2020 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration Moot Grand Final

    2019 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot (Sponsored by Allens Linklaters)

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

    Best Speaker in Grand Final (sponsored by CIArb) – 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 (Sponsored by Allens Linklaters)

    Grand Final Winner – Deakin University
    Runners Up – Monash University

    Best Speaker in Grand Final (sponsored by CIArb) – 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 (Sponsored by Allens Linklaters)

    Grand Final Winner – Latrobe University
    Runners Up – Deakin University

    2017 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem