Faculty of Law Team Excels at 2014 Foreign Direct Investment Moot

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015

A team of four students from the Faculty of Law delivered an excellent showing at the 2014 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot held from October 24-26, 2014 at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, finishing in the top 16 out of 40 schools from around the world.

The team consisted of Common Law student Jean-Michel Cazabon, Civil Law student Alexandra Hébert, and Common Law National Program students Amélie Landriault and Corinna Pilon.  The team was coached by Civil Law Dean Céline Lévesque and Professor Anthony Daimsis of Common Law.

In total, 70 teams took part in the competition’s various regional rounds, with 40 schools participating in the final oral hearings in Malibu.  uOttawa’s team took home the Oxford University Press Prize for the Best Claimant Memorial, and the ranked as the 3rd best in the Respondent Memorial category.  The team went undefeated through the general rounds (finishing 7th out of 40 schools) before losing in a close match in the Round of 16.  2014 marks only the third time that uOttawa has competed in this event.  In 2012, its inaugural year of participation, the uOttawa team won the overall competition.  

The FDI Moot aims to give students a practical understanding of real issues relating to international investment by looking at cases involving investors in foreign host states, as well as the numerous national and international law and policy concerns that arise from such cases.  The moot competition spans approximately six months in two phases:  written memorials for claimant and respondent, and the hearing of oral arguments. 

The Faculty of Law would like to thank the team’s sponsor, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto, for its strong support.

Congratulations to the team members and their coaches.

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