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For the 2021 edition, ICC will select 48 university teams and around 100 professionals to participate in the International Commercial Mediation Competition. 

All applicants must make sure they meet all requirements set by the Competition Rules. Below you will find all the relevant information required to apply.


Only one team per university can be admitted to participate in the Competition. The team must consist of a minimum of two students and a maximum of four. Each team can be accompanied by one or two coaches—although it is not mandatory to have a coach.

Each university can choose in its total discretion which students to select to be part of the team that is going to represent it, as long as the selected students are all eligible according to the Competition Rules.

Please note eligibility criteria are likely to be revised for the 2021 edition comparing to previous years. When applying, please make sure you have read the 2021 Rules and that you comply with the new requirements.

The Competition is open to students of all disciplines, but only law students may take the role of counsel in the sessions. Accordingly, at least one member of each team must be a law student.

Two universities may apply together to create one joint team to participate in the Competition. Please note that pursuant to the Rules, students who have already participated in the ICC Mediation Competition are prohibited from competing for a second time.

Application and selection process

The application procedure for the 2021 Competition will open in late August, until early October 2021 in one application round.

Further information is going to be published on this page in due course.

Ten places will be reserved for universities that have not yet participated in the Competition. Universities that have not participated in the last two Competitions (202 and 2019) will be considered as not having previously participated.

The Organising Committee selects universities based on the following criteria, in no particular order:

  • preference is given to universities who have an alternative dispute resolution curriculum (special focus on mediation is an advantage);
  • performance in previous ICC Mediation Competitions (if applicable);
  • representation of cultural and regional diversity amongst the selected universities.

In the event that the above selection criteria are insufficient to make a selection between two universities, the Organising Committee makes a choice in its absolute discretion.

By submitting an application to participate in the Competition, you will need to indicate to the Organising Committee that you have read and understood the 2021 Competition Rules, which are going to be published around July 2020. In the meantime, you can refer to the  2020 Competition Rules, but bearing in mind that some important modifications may be implemented for 2021.


The registration fee per team is calculated according to the number of team members. The updated fees for the 2021 edition will be published soon.

Only selected universities will be asked to pay the registration fee.

It is mandatory that the full registration fee payment is made prior to the Competition. Teams that do not proceed with the payment of the registration fee within the given timeframe will not be admitted to the Competition.

Each team is responsible for their own expenses—ICC will not cover costs for travel and hotel accommodation. There are no scholarship nor registration waivers available for this programme.

If you have any questions, please contact us via iccmediationcompetition@iccwbo.org.


For the 2021 edition, ICC will accept around 100 trained and experienced professionals from all around the world to participate in the Competition. Professionals serve as mediators in the mock mediation sessions or as judges by evaluating and scoring the students’ performance.

Basic requirements for participation as a professional include, among other things, formal and thorough mediation training, as well as practice in mediating commercial disputes.

Selection process

The Organising Committee selects professionals based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • mediation qualification
  • mediation accreditation
  • experience in (commercial) mediation
  • other relevant dispute resolution experience and professional background
  • availability
  • English language skills
  • cross-cultural experience
  • experience in conducting mediation and ADR trainings


While professionals are not expected to be present for the entirety of the Competition, preference will be given to those who with greater availably.

To ensure the quality of the event remains at a high-level, all professionals will be expected to participate in a preparatory training session on 5 February 2021 at ICC’s Global Headquarters.


ICC is not able to cover costs for travel and hotel accommodation, meaning each participant is responsible for his or her own expenses. However, the Organising Committee will provide participating professionals with a list of hotels with which ICC has agreed on special rates.

All professionals are invited to various social events that take place during the Competition.


The application procedure for the 2021 Competition will open in late August, until early October 2021 in one application round. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application soon after the deadline.

Further information is going to be published on this page in due course.


Every year a group of international volunteers supports the Organising Committee during the Competition. Volunteers act mainly as “Mediation Session Supervisors” and also help with a wide range of other tasks throughout the event’s duration.

Applications for volunteers are open. If you are interested in volunteering for the next ICC International Mediation Competition, please contact us via email to receive an application form.

The application deadline for volunteers is 13 December 2020.

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