2018 Saint Petersburg FDI Pre-Moot

On November 2-3, 2018, Saint Petersburg State University, International and Comparative Law Research Center, Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration with the support of Moot Court Society, held the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot pre-moot. FDI is a student moot court competition in investment arbitration, comprising more than 100 teams from the universities all around the world.

The Center's experts also took part in the pre-moot as arbitrators. The competition was preceded by a joint conference of the Young IMA and Young ICCA. It touched upon issues within investment treaty arbitration, including two panel discussions around the themes of (1) counterclaims in investment arbitration, and (2) balancing host States’ regulatory freedom with investors’ legitimate expectations.

14 teams from Russia and foreign countries, including those from Latin America and Australia, participated in the FDI pre-moot. Two Russian teams, Moscow State University, and MGIMO, met in the final. After winning pre-moots in Paris and Warsaw, the Moscow State University once again took first place in the competition!