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The EMAC Regional Moot

The EMAC Regional Moot

Middlesex University Dubai in collaboration with Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) is pleased to invite mooting teams to participate in the first EMAC Regional Moot.

The Problem

The problem will contain both substantive and procedural issues and will be governed by the EMAC rules. The moot will take place in English.

EMAC Moot Problem

Benefits for Participants

Participation in moot competitions provides students with the opportunity to hone their written and oral advocacy skills, strengthen their legal knowledge, improve their analytical skills and acquire practical experience in applying legal rules to complex disputes.

Through their participation in the EMAC Regional Moot, students will gain valuable insight on international arbitration, a particularly fast growing form of dispute resolution, through the lens of a regional perspective, which is arguably underrepresented in international fora. Moreover, at each stage of the competition students will receive valuable constructive feedback from leading legal professionals based in the region.

Participants will be able to develop and enhance their soft transferrable skills, which will allow them to compete effectively in other international moot competitions and possibly pursue a career in arbitration, which is growing in popularity both within the region and globally. Lastly, it is important to note that distinguished legal professionals will be acting as arbitrators and leading international and regional law firms will be involved in the moot, thus providing students the opportunity to develop and strengthen their professional network and to enhance their employability in the competitive sector of the legal profession.

Format of the Moot

The competition comprises two stages: (1) written submissions and (2) oral arguments. Teams are required to submit both Claimant’s and Respondent’s memoranda. Successful teams will then be invited to join us in Dubai for the four rounds of oral arguments, which will take the form of knock-out rounds. In the first round teams will be randomly allocated the role of either claimant or respondent. Our panels of arbitrators will decide which teams will proceed to the following rounds based on the criteria of selection. After the first round, teams will have the opportunity to argue as both claimants and respondents, with the winning team advancing to the next round.  Teams will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops hosted by international lawyers.


Registration closes & problem released

28th September 2017

Deadline for written submissions

28th October 2017

Results of written round published

30th October 2017

Oral rounds held in Dubai

23rd -25th November 2017

Team Requirements

Team members must be enrolled at a law school (both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome) or be fresh graduates (2 years after graduation). Teams must have at least two members. Institutions may be represented by more than one teams. 


Registration fee: 150AED per team.

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Registration of Arbitrators

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Memorandum for the Claimant


Memorandum for the Respondent


Contact Details

For enquiries / additional information, please get in touch with Ms Samantha Roberts:

Middlesex University Dubai, Dubai Knowledge Park - Blocks 4, 16, 17 & 19
Admissions +971 (0)4 3678100

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