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Information about Moot

The Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce together with the European Legal Studies Institute is pleased to invite all interested students and their professors to join the International Arbitration Moot in Warsaw – a competition touching on problems concerning the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) and procedural issues in arbitration.

The Moot is intended to popularize and disseminate knowledge regarding the legal texts of the Draft Common Frame of Reference prepared by the Study Group on a European Civil Code and the Research Group on EC Private Law (Acquis Group), and to promote the use of international commercial arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes in accordance with the DCFR. The competition will promote knowledge of the process of European Private Law unification, and show the vital importance of the DCFR as a complete set of rules which will significantly facilitate the settlement of disputes, especially in international arbitration. The Moot will be an occasion to conduct a public discussion concerning the text of the DCFR – its Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law, as well as of the opportunities for applying these in practice in arbitration proceedings. For young participants, it will also be an opportunity to appear in the role of an attorney, gain practical experience, and hone skills previously acquired.

The Moot is a simulated arbitral proceeding based on a fictitious case. For the procedural part the Rules of the Court of Arbitration at PCC are to be applied in their current version. The legal problem is to be considered in accordance with the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) on the assumption that the DCFR is legally binding.

The competition consists of two stages:
A written stage, in which each team prepares a written statement for both: the Claimant and the Respondent.
An oral stage, in which the 8 teams having the highest scores on their written statements present their arguments before the Arbitration Tribunal as counsel of either the Claimant or the Respondent.

The written statements and the oral pleadings will be graded by an independent and impartial Arbitral Tribunal. We cordially invite all Arbitrators to join in the venture in order to create a valuable experience for everyone concerned. Dear Arbitrators, your contribution will be highly appreciated. It will be also a chance to meet distinguished professors, other prominent practitioners, and ambitious students.

The moot will be conducted in English.

We are looking for ambitious, motivated and enthusiastic students to apply for the competition in teams of from 2 to 6 members.

Time schedule:

  • 10 April 2012 – publication of the Problem
  • 27 April 2012 – deadline for submitting request for clarification to the Problem
  • 30 April 2012 – deadline for team registration
  • 25 May 2012 – deadline for submitting Statement of  Claim
  • 29 June 2012 – deadline for submitting Statement of Defence
  • 30 July 2012 – announcement of the 8 finalists
  • 7-9 November 2012 – oral hearings at the Court of Arbitration at the PCC

Please direct all enquiries regarding the Moot to: moot@sakig.pl