PlayOffs: Vienna

National Rounds for Arbitration

The International Commercial Arbitration (ICA) Capacity Building Program consists of two phases. In Phase One, the participants are taught the Basics of International Commercial Arbitration through course content which focus on the basics of arbitration, Convention for the International Sale of Goods, written and oral advocacy. This Phase also covers training on Written and Oral Advocacy skills. Thereafter, in Phase Two the participants from the eligible universities will compete with one another at the qualifier competition – MCB PlayOffs: Vienna, formerly known as the National Selection Rounds.

At MCB PlayOffs: Vienna, each team will compete at a series of General Rounds. Based on the teams’ performance in the General Rounds, two teams will then advance to the Final Round. These rounds will be adjudged by locally and internationally acclaimed personalities in the legal field and Sri Lanka Vis Alumni. 

PlayOffs: Vienna is a crucial element of the ICA Program as it determines the teams that will participate at Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot). The respective teams are selected by the Moot Court Bench based on their performance at PlayOffs: Vienna.



Day 1 | Date: 23rd September 2021 | Time: 9am – 4:30pm (GMT)

9:00 am|Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 am|Authority Review
10.15 am|Oral Advocacy
11.15 am|Mock Moots
2.00 pm|Oral Advocacy: The Hot Box
3.30 pm|Arbitrator Research

Day 2 | Date: 24th September 2021 | Time: 9am – 4:30pm (GMT)

9:00 am | Oral Advocacy Warmup
10:15 am | Opening Statements and Rebuttals
11:00 am | Mock Moots
2:00 pm | Mock Moots
4:00 pm | Debrief

Day 3 | Date: 25th September 2021 | Time: 12:30pm – 6:00pm (GMT)

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm|General Round 1
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm|General Round 2
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm|General Round 3

Day 4 | Date: 26th September 2021 | Time: 12:30pm – 6:00pm (GMT)

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm|Final Round
6:00 pm|Award Ceremony

Final Round Tribunal

Mr. Amrit Rajapakse

Mr. Amrit Rajapakse is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. He holds an LLB from the University of Colombo and an LLM in International Business Law from University College London, UK. He is currently engaged as a legal practitioner and arbitrator. He specializes in the field of intellectual property law where he is also a lecturer. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK.

Mr. Harith de Mel

Mr. Harith de Mel, LL.b (hons) London is an Attorney at Law who was called to the bar in August 2013. He is currently engaged in private practice in the areas of Civil and Commercial litigation in original and appellate courts. He also practices in the field of Writs and Fundamental Rights.  He is also a member of the Ministry of Justice Special Unit Sub Committee for Commercial Law Reform.

Ms. Dilumi de Alwis

Ms. Dilumi de Alwis is an Attorney-at-Law. She has acted as an in-house counsel at Julius and Creasy while engaging in litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international. She has authored and contributed to many legal articles. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She was a member of the legal team that represented Deutsche Bank AG in the ICSID arbitration involving the oil hedging transactions with Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.