Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot

Deakin Law School is proud to host the 2022 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Moot in early September.

We invite undergraduate and juris doctor law students to participate, competing for kudos and a shared prize of gift vouchers valued at AUD$1000.

The 2022 competition will take place virtually in September 2022. The safety and wellbeing of all who participate in Deakin activities remains our priority.

Entering its sixth year of operation, the Alfred Deakin ICA Moot provides law students, from Australia and overseas, with the opportunity to develop practical skills and engage with international commercial law and arbitration. Students will present to experienced legal professionals, advancing their advocacy skills and developing their professional networks.

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

Structure of the 2022 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot

The moot will be run virtually via the online platform Zoom over four days, on 1, 2, 7 and 8 September 2022. Each team will compete in two preliminary rounds during the first two days, once as claimant and once as respondent. The elimination rounds, quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place on days three and four.

The rounds will be judged by legal practitioners who have competed in the Vis Moot or similar moots, who practice in the field or are academics with an interest in this area of law. 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, 222KB)

Prizes

Winning team

  • Share a prize of gift vouchers valued at AUD $1000 plus individual trophies
  • Certificate for each team member

Runner-up team

  • Individual trophies
  • Certificate for each team member

Best oralist (grand final)

  • Individual trophy
  • Certificate

Best oralist (rounds)

  • Individual trophy
  • Certificate

Best submission – claimant

  • Certificate for each team member

Best submission – respondent

  • Certificate for each team member

Moot Problem

The problem for the 2022 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot will be available after June 28.

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 opens 6 June 2022 and closes on 21 June 2022

Competition question release date – 28 June 2022

Requests for clarification due by – 12 July 2022, before 11.59pm

Clarifications response released – 19 July 2022

First submission due (memoranda for Claimant) – 12 August 2022, before 11:59pm

Exchange of memoranda (Claimant) – 13 August 2022, before 11:59pm

Second submission due (memoranda for Respondent) – 16 August 2022, before 11:59pm

Exchange of memoranda (Respondent) – 17 August 2022, before 11.59pm

Initial rounds – 1 and 2 September 2022

Elimination rounds, quarter-finals – 7 September 2022

Semi-final and grand final – 8 September 2022

NB: The competition is run from Melbourne, Australia. All times are AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

About our grand final arbitrators for 2021

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 the 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

2021 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot (Sponsored by Allens Linklaters)

2021 Grand Final Winner – University of New South Wales
2021 Runners Up – OP Jindal Global University Law School

Best Speaker in Grand Final (Sponsored by CIArb) – Mr Alexander Humphreys (University of New South Wales)
Best Speaker in General Rounds – Miss Irene Muhoro (Strathmore University, Kenya)

Best Claimant Memorandum – University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia
Honourable Mentions
Monash University, Melbourne Australia
Christ University, India
Deakin Law School, Melbourne Australia
OP Jindal Global University Law School, India

Best Respondent Memorandum – Christ University, India
Honourable Mentions
Rajiv Ghandi National University of Law, India
National University of Lesotho, Lesotho
University of Queensland, Queensland Australia
Ho Chi Minh City University, Vietnam

2021 Alfred Deakin ICA Moot Problem

Watch the 2021 Alfred Deakin International Commercial Arbitration Moot Grand Final

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