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Fletcher Moot information for teams

Key dates

The 2020 Fletcher Moot was held on 7-9 February in London. The following information relates to the 2020 Fletcher Moot.

The Fletcher Moot is open to teams of two to four law students from professionally accredited law schools. Further eligibility requirements are detailed in the 2020 Fletcher Moot Rules. Further information for the 2020 Fletcher Moot will be provided as it becomes available.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please see here.

Preparing your competition entry

Make sure that you're familiar with all the important dates for the problem, including when the problem will be released and when you can expect feedback.

Registrations close: Friday 4 October 2019 17:00 GMT.

Problem released: By Friday 6 September 2019 17:00 GMT.

Submission for clarifications: Friday 13 September 2019 17:00 GMT.

Clarifications released: By Friday 20 September 2019 17:00 GMT.

Preparing for written rounds

Make sure your written submissions are lodged in time. If your team qualifies for the oral rounds, make sure you prepare outlines of argument as well and lodge them in time.

Written submissions close: Friday 18 October 2019 17:00 GMT.

Finalists advised in writing, and release of the draw of the competition: By Friday 8 November 2019 17:00 GMT.

Outlines lodged electronically by appellant: Monday 16 December 2019 17:00 GMT.

Outlines lodged electronically by respondent: Friday 10 January 2020 17:00 GMT.

Competition dates

Check the dates for the competition oral rounds. For more detailed information, refer to the key dates document sent to the final teams. Teams are advised to meet on Thursday 6 February for a walking tour of London's historical legal precinct.

Preliminary oral rounds: Friday 7 February - Saturday 8 February 2020.

Semi-finals: Sunday 9 February 2020.

Grand-final: Sunday 9 February 2020.

Awards presentation: Sunday 9 February 2020.

Problem

The moot problem is a fictional case taking place in a hypothetical jurisdiction that has adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-border Insolvency and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Recognition and Enforcement of Insolvency-Related Judgments.

The problem considers a range of international insolvency laws and raises a number of contentious issues to challenge students’ critical thinking and research skills.

The problem for the 2020 Fletcher Moot is available here.

Updated clarifications for the 2020 Fletcher Moot are available here. Please note that these clarifications were updated on 23 September AEST.

Competition rules

The rules for the 2020 Fletcher Moot are available here.

Submission rules for appellant

Your submission is to appeal and to respond to any cross-appeal (by anticipating the issues they are likely to raise).

Submission rules for respondent

Your submission is to cross-appeal (if relevant) and to respond to the appeal (by anticipating the issues they are likely to raise).

Oral argument outlines will be exchanged between appellants and respondents by teams that progress to the the oral rounds.

Resources

Competing teams are required to inform their legal arguments by the Model Laws on Insolvency created by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

The competition will challenge students to apply their understanding of key provisions of the relevant UNCITRAL texts and how they relate to international insolvency proceedings. Students will also need to research relevant cases to prepare their arguments, and consult the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-border Insolvency (1997) and Guide to Enactment (2013); UNCITRAL Model Law on Recognition and Enforcement of Insolvency-Related Judgments (2018) and Guide to Enactment (2018); and other UNCITRAL texts.

Visit the UNCITRAL website on Insolvency.

Refer to these UNCITRAL texts:

Search for case law on the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-border Insolvency on the Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts (CLOUT) website.

A non-exhaustive bibliography on UNCITRAL insolvency texts can also be found via the UNCITRAL Library and Research Sources website.

Past examples

2017 Moot

2018 Moot

2019 Moot

The above submissions were prepared by teams competing in the 2017 and 2018 Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot. We thank Singapore Management University and the University of Queensland for granting approval to post these submissions. They are available here as illustrations only, to give prospective teams guidance on the tone and style (though not necessarily the headings) required for submissions. They are not intended as ‘model’ answers, rather as examples.

Contact

For competition queries, contact Sandra Mulholland.