The 2017 uOttawa FDI team of Jolene Hansell (Common Law 3L), Stéphanie Gagné (droit civil 3L), Mohiminol Khandaker (National Program) and Erik Shum (Common Law 3L) competed against 52 top international law schools at the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot at Suffolk University in Boston, USA from November 2-5, 2017. Fifty-two other teams competed in regional elimination rounds in Asia Pacific, South-east Asia, and Africa as well as a national round in Iran.
The uOttawa FDI team argued five intensive oral rounds before judges from across the world, including international law scholars, experts, and practitioners. The team advanced to the elimination rounds but lost in a tight match against previous winner, Murdoch University from Australia.
The uOttawa team won the Baker & Mackenzie Award for the Highest Ranked Team in the competition. Jolene Hansell won the Thomas Walde Best Advocate Award and the Manuela Beltrán Best Female Advocate Award. The teams also won for Third Best Respondent Memorial. Judges commended the team’s extensive research, innovative arguments, legal knowledge, understanding of the issues, ability to thoughtfully address the arbitrators’ questions and strong oral advocacy skills.
Coach Anthony VanDuzer notes: “Once again, uOttawa students proved that they can compete with the best in the world. I am very proud of what this year’s team accomplished. This year’s mooters, like so many of their predecessors, have made an enormous contribution to the school’s international reputation.”
The team gratefully thanks their coaches—Professor Anthony Daimsis and Professor Anthony VanDuzer—for their continuous support and encouragement. The team also thanks the many professors and practitioners who generously volunteered their time as guest judges, as well as uOttawa Academic Operations Supervisor, Chrystine Frank, who ensured that the team always had room to practice in.
The Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot, Initiated in 2006 by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, is an international moot court competition focusing on investor-State disputes. The competition next year will be in Stockholm, Sweden.