Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot in Miami, Florida

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NYU is currently recruiting talented students for the Ninth Annual Foreign Direct Investment Moot (FDI Moot), which will be held this year in Miami in November 2019.

2019 FDI Moot Ad (PDF: 143 KB)

Goal – The FDI Moot provides students with exposure to the world of international investment arbitration. Students who participate in the FDI Moot develop a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the international investment regime as well as the mechanisms utilized to resolve these types of disputes. At the same time, the oral component of the FDI Moot offers a unique forum for academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss the latest developments – and assess emerging talent – in this field. Additional information about the FDI Moot can be obtained at

Structure – The FDI Moot involves a hypothetical case in connection with an investment by a private investor in a foreign host state. The FDI Moot spans several months and has two discrete phases: the writing of memoranda for Claimant (due on September 19, 2019) and Respondent (due on September 26, 2019) and the hearing of oral arguments in Miami (November 8-11, 2019). It is a clinical exercise designed to train law students through both phases which are adjudicated by prominent international arbitration practitioners and scholars.

Why join? We devote considerable time to helping our team members develop and refine their written and oral advocacy skills, which they then have the opportunity to showcase at private sessions hosted by leading international New York law firms practicing in the field. In previous years, NYU teams have received numerous awards for their memoranda and oral presentations, both at the team level and at the individual speaker level. The 2014 team reached the Finals in Malibu.

Coaching team – This year’s team will be coached by Gretta Walters, Counsel, Chaffetz Lindsey, and Brian King, Adjunct Professor at NYU (and former partner at Freshfields). The team’s faculty advisor is Professor José Alvarez.

Prerequisites for Participation

  • Strong interest in, and familiarity with, international investment arbitration;
  • Interest in written and oral advocacy; and
  • Non-eligibility to practice law in home jurisdiction.

Requirements of Moot Team Members

  • Extensive legal research on international arbitration and investment law;
  • Preparation of legal memoranda on behalf of Claimant and Respondent;
  • Considerable training in oral advocacy; and
  • Oral arguments before panels of three arbitrators in Miami.


Interested?     Please send your resume and a short letter of interest by no later than July 26, 2019 via email to