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the moot

The Moot is a project organized by a group of practitioners and academics with a view of contributing to the education of the next generation of arbitration lawyers. It is a competition for university teams with an exclusive focus on cross-examination in international arbitration. Students will attend various rounds of hearings during which they will cross-examine each other’s witnesses and experts.

The Moot is hosted by Sciences Po and is overseen by a board or directors composed of Diego P. Fernández Arroyo, Alexis Mourre, Yas Banifatemi, Loukas Mistelis, Sophie Nappert, Franco Ferrari, Samaa Haridi, Gary Bell, Jean Kalicki, and Eleonora Coelho. Its executive directors are Francisco A. Amallo and Ezequiel H. Vetulli.

It requires the greatest ingenuity; a habit of logical thought; clearness of perception in general; infinite patience and self-control; power to read men’s minds intuitively, to judge of their characters by their faces, to appreciate their motives; ability to act with force and precision; a masterful knowledge of the subject-matter itself; an extreme caution; and, above all, the instinct to discover the weak point in the witness under examination.

Francis L. Wellman - 1919


The 2023 mock case dives into the particulars of the aviation industry in the context of the negotiation of the expansion of an airport under a concession contract between a State and a private company. The case explores the growing importance of ESG obligations and involves corruption allegations. The case was prepared by the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Dechamps International Law, and Compass Lexecon. Click below to learn more about the third edition, including the case and the rules of the competition.


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