On November 1, Hamline students Neda Shahghasemi and Jared Kemper represented Hamline University School of Law in the Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition (FDI Moot) at Suffolk University in Boston. Ms. Shahghasemi and Mr. Kemper prepared both the Claimant and Respondent Memoranda, and participated in four rounds of oral arguments representing both Claimant and Respondent. They earned a ranking in the top five best teams, proving Hamline as one of the most capable schools in the area of international dispute resolution. Ms. Shahghasemi also earned an Honorable Mention by scoring as one of the top five oralists in the competition.
Five institutions came together to establish the FDI Moot as a new international moot court competition focusing on investor-State disputes including the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria (Christian Campbell); Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (Prof. Christopher Gibson); Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California (Prof. Jack Coe); Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland (Prof. Thomas Wälde); and German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Frankfurt/Cologne, Germany.
In its inaugural year, nineteen teams participated in the competition. Eight teams were representing American schools, and the rest of the teams were representing schools from all around the world, includin: Australia, Germany and Belgrade.