Press Release

Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Holds 14th Edition in 2022

January 20, 2022

FRANKFURT, January 20, 2022: Morgan Lewis and the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory are set 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 25 February, and the final will be held on 4 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 case study, Spain Defaults on State Bonds, concerns Spain’s state bankruptcy in 1557. It is a historical dispute relating to the quest to reclaim the “Fugger bonds” lent to the Spanish crown.

The competition’s finals panel includes: Funke Adekoya SAN, founding partner at ǼLEX with more than 45 years of experience in litigation and arbitration; Dr. Claudia Annacker, who specializes in international arbitration and litigation and has represented parties in more than 30 investment treaty arbitrations; and Lucy Reed, who focuses her practice on investor-state and complex international disputes and has sat in more than 64 commercial and investor-state arbitrations. For more information, visit