Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot

Deakin Law School is proud to host the 2020 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot virtually on 8–10 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.

With the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving, the safety and wellbeing of all who participate in Deakin activities remains our priority. As a result, the 2020 competition will take place on a virtual platform.

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 virtually via the online platform Zoom over three consecutive days, on 8–10 September 2020. Each team will compete in two preliminaryrounds during the first two days, once as claimant and once as respondent. The two finals roundsand grand final will take place on day 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 $1000AUD.

Proudly sponsored by Allens Linklaters

Prizes

Winning team

  • Share a prize of $1000AUD in gift 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)

Award is 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, 521KB)

Moot Problem

Download the Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem (PDF 297KB)

Clarifications are to be submitted to the Moot Coordinator by 15 July 2020. Clarifications will be released to all teams on 20 July 2020.

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. A maximum of two teams per institution can be registered.

Registration is now open

Supporters and onlookers are welcome to view the Grand Final.

Key dates

Registrations now open

Competition question release date – 1 July

Clarification questions to be submitted to Moot Coordinator – 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 11:59pm AEST

Exchange of memoranda (Claimant) – 18 August

Second Submission (memoranda for Respondent) – 24 August 11:59pm

Exchange of memoranda (Respondent) – 25 August 6pm

Initial rounds – 9 September

Semi-final and grand final – 10 September

About our judges

Professor Christopher Kee Flinders University and Director of the Vis Moot

Duncan Travis
Partner at Allens Linklaters and Deakin Vis Moot Team Alumnus

Dr Vicky Priskich
Vice President of CIArb Australia, National Councillor and the Chair of the Education Committee of CIArb Australia and a Fellow of CIArb

Deakin Team Selection

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 20 June 2020 11.59pm.

Students will be required to submit:

  • your CV (no more than two pages), including the names and contacts of two referees.
  • a copy of their academic results (a copy downloaded from StudentConnect is sufficient)
  • A one-page Expression of Interest letter, indicating:

      previous experiences in legal research and advocacy, and their understanding of the purpose and significant of the moot
  • one-page response to the following research question:

      Do you think courts and arbitral tribunals can refer to extrinsic materials (including but not limited to: legislative history, UNCITRAL Case Digest, CISG Council Opinions, foreign case law) when applying the CISG? Why? If so, what principles or rationales should they follow when referring to extrinsic materials?

      All references should be in footnotes and in the AGLC4 format.

Download the Deakin Team Selection Brief (PDF, 113.7KB)

Please submit your applications to Kayla Laird at deakin-ica-moot@deakin.edu.au

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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