Our largest educational event of the year, ICC Mediation Week comprises the International Commercial Mediation Competition and the International Mediation Roundtable. Run by our International Centre for ADR, the next edition will take place from 6 to 12 February in Paris, at ICC Global Headquarters and other nearby venues.
Bringing together over 500 participants—professional mediators, academics and students—from around the world, the highly-anticipated event provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge, discuss new developments and gain valuable insights on the latest techniques, strategies and trends in the field of mediation.
The International Commercial Mediation Competition
The ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition is a globally-renowned moot that lasts seven days and is held in various locations throughout Paris. The Competition is open to students of every discipline—though each team is required to have at least one law student to take the role of counsel. Every year, 66 university teams from across the globe are specially selected to participate. They will compete in almost 150 mock mediation sessions throughout the Competition.
More than 130 professional mediators and mediation trainers participate every year on a voluntary basis to share their expertise and passion for mediation. Some will act as mediators, making use of their own experience in resolving cross-border disputes; while others take on the role of judges, assessing each team’s negotiating and problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to make good use of the mediator.
Though the event allows students the occasion to put theory into practice, the added bonus is their interaction with some of the world’s top mediators. This unique exchange is an opportunity for professionals to enlighten and engage a new generation of mediators and mediation users through guidance, feedback and support.
The International Mediation Roundtable
Established in 2014, the ICC Mediation Roundtable has quickly become one of the most significant and valuable meeting points for ADR professionals worldwide. The gathering provides a dedicated platform to explore and examine the industry’s latest trends and exchange experiences in an effort to further the development of mediation and its practices.
To ensure all topics are relevant, Roundtable discussions are carefully developed with the help of professional mediators and academics who have working-knowledge of what is current in the industry. The event is reserved for professionals participating in the Mediation Competition, as well as a select group of invited guests. The event typically includes exciting “speed dating” sessions to get professionals talking about their personal experiences; several interactive workshops; engaging discussions; and dynamic plenary sessions.