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The inaugural edition of the Lagos Court of Arbitration – Young Arbitrators Network (LCA-YAN) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition will hold on July 28, 2017 at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, 1A Remi Olowude Street, 2nd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos Nigeria.


The International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition is organized by the Lagos Court of Arbitration – Young Arbitrators’ Network (LCA-YAN) and aims to provide a unique opportunity for young arbitration practitioners and students to gain exposure in various aspects of international commercial arbitration and many cutting edge issues.

Participants will also have the opportunity to measure up against and interact with practitioners from several top tier law firms.


The inaugural edition will feature teams drawn from 16 top tier Nigerian law firms with strong and reputable arbitration practice and 6 Nigerian Universities.


  1. AELEX Partners
  2. Aluko & Oyebode
  3. Babalakin & Co
  4. Banwo & Ighodalo
  5. Dikko & Mahmoud
  6. G. Elias & Co
  7. Moshood Shehu & Associates
  8. Olisa Agbakoba Legal
  9. Perchstone & Graeys
  10. Punuka
  11. Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore
  12. S.P.A Ajibade & Co
  13. Sterling Partnership
  14. Strachan Partners
  15. Streamsowers & Kohn
  16. Wole Olanipekun & Co


  1. Babcock University
  2. Lagos State University
  3. Lead City University
  4. Obafemi Awolowo University
  5. University of Ibadan
  6. University of Lagos


The competition will feature two phases; a preliminary stage and a finale. Each participating law firm is expected to address an arbitral tribunal either as a Claimant or Respondent on all issues raised in their already submitted Moot Memorials. So each firm is expected to prepare arguments for both sides.

The winners of the preliminary stage shall address the Tribunal on other issues in the memorial to determine a winner.

Students from each participating university would be split into 2 groups and assigned to a law firm. The competition will give participating students an opportunity to experience the depth of legal research needed in international arbitration and a chance at advocacy.

To download the LCA –YAN Moot Guidance material, click LCA-YAN Moot Guidance (1)


Attendance is free and open to lawyers, Arbitrators, law students and other people with interests in Arbitration. There will be 8 simultaneous tribunal hearings presided by 24 seasoned Arbitrators at the preliminary stage commencing at 9 am on the hearing date  and none competing participants can observe proceedings in different hearing rooms.

A cocktail will round up the event after the finale and presentation of prizes.  The competition will afford participants and observers alike the opportunity to horn their skills in International Commercial Arbitration procedure. So, don’t miss it for anything in the world!

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