Press Release

Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Holds 13th Edition in 2021

January 26, 2021

FRANKFURT, January 27, 2021: Morgan Lewis and Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory are proud to host this year’s Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, the oldest and most prestigious student competition in the area of investment protection law. It kicks off on 8 March, and the final will be held on 19 March.

Hundreds from the international arbitration community, including dozens of leading arbitrators, come together on a pro bono basis to organize a sophisticated educational program, including practice pre-moots, and national competition rounds held around the globe that lead up to the main competition in Frankfurt. Due to COVID-19, this edition will take place in a virtual format. This year’s keynote speaker will be international arbitration lawyer Gary Born, who will address “The Challenges of Challenges.”

“This competition is one of the largest events in the area of investment arbitration,” said Sabine Konrad, founder of the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court. “Its aim is to promote the peaceful settlement of international disputes through inspiring the students’ passion for international law.”

“The students get the most realistic experience possible by engaging with the highest-caliber practitioners on a case study based on historic events,” said Professor Stefan Vogenauer, chair of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History. “We are proud of the robust programming and level of participation from the international law community.”

This year’s case study, Les toits de Paris, concerns a historical dispute over a mining concession from 1806 that takes place in the neutral territory of Moresnet and involves the governments of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Prussia.

The competition’s finals panel includes Professor Pierre Tercier, Sir Michael Wood, Professor Herbert Kronke and Michael E. Schneider. For more information, visit