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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. Right after its first edition, it was recognized by Global Arbitration Review as the Best Development of the Arbitration World in 2021.

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 2024 mock case concerns a dispute over the coding of software for the life sciences industry, including accusations of improperly using and misappropriating intellectual property rights. The case is prepared by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), Chaffetz Lindsey, and Compass Lexecon. Click below to learn more about the fourth edition, including the case and the rules of the competition.


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