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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.

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

2021
edition

The 2021 case concerns a dispute over the construction of a renewable energy plant. Based on a hearing bundle with written pleadings, witness statements, expert reports, and documentary evidence, students will cross-examine factual witnesses and experts on damages. It will only consist of an oral phase and the hearings will be held online in November. The case was prepared by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and Compass Lexecon. Click below to learn more about the first edition, including the case and the rules of the competition.

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