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Every year, the ICC selects 66 university teams and over 130 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.

Universities

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 that starting in the 2020 edition, the ICC Mediation Week is open only to students who do not yet have full-time work experience (except internships) in law, business or otherwise.

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 2020 competition is now closed.

These are the 66 competing universities for the 15th ICC Mediation Competition:

Aarhus UniversityPontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
Azad University Tehran North BranchQueens University Belfast
Bar-ilan UniversityRoyal Holloway, University of London
Belarusian State UniversityRussian Foreign Trade Academy
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawRussian State University of Justice (RSUJ)
Brooklyn Law SchoolRutgers School of Law
Bucerius Law SchoolSaint Joseph University of Beirut
Charles UniversitySciences Po
Eotvos Lorand UniversitySofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Fordham University School of LawSouth Texas College of Law Houston
Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School of São Paulo (FGV Direito SP)The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
Fundação Getulio Vargas of Law, Rio de JaneiroUniversidade de Vigo
Government Law College, MumbaiUniversidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Hitotsubashi UniversityUniversidade Vila Velha
IESEG School of Management AND Université Catholique de Lille Faculty of LawUniversità degli Studi di Firenze
ILS Law CollegeUniversitas Gadjah Mada
Istanbul Sehir UniversityUniversity at Buffalo School of Law
Ivan Franko National University of LvivUniversity of Auckland
Jagiellonian UniversityUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law
KU LeuvenUniversity of Georgia
Leibniz University HannoverUniversity of Ljubljana
London College Of Legal Studies (South)University of Marburg
Lorraine University (Université de Lorraine)University of Miskolc
Loyola Law School, Los AngelesUniversity of New South Wales
Masaryk UniversityUniversity of Oslo
Monash UniversityUniversity of São Paulo
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of LawUniversity of Trento
National Law School of India University, BangaloreUniversity of Turku
National University of Ireland, GalwayUniversity of Vienna
National University of SingaporeUniversity of Warsaw
New Vision UniversityVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
New York Law SchoolYork University
O.P. Jindal Global University(pending : winner of the Hong Kong Mediation Competition)

 

Each year, applications open from July until October for the edition that takes place the following year.

In each application period, ten places are reserved for universities that have not yet participated in the Competition. Should places for universities applying for the first time not be filled, the remaining places will be offered to returning universities. Universities that have not participated in the last two Competitions (2019 and 2018) 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 2020 Competition Rules.

Costs

The registration fee per team is calculated according to the number of team members.

University teamsTwo students:

Three students:

Four students:

EUR€500

EUR€650

EUR€800

CoachesOne coach:

Two coaches:

Free of charge

EUR€150

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.

Professionals

Each year, ICC accepts around 130 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

Availability

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 6 February 2020 at ICC’s Global Headquarters.

Costs

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.

Application

The application procedure for Professionals is now closed.

Each year, applications open from July until October for the edition that takes place the following year.

Volunteers

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 30 November 2019.

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