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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.


The application period is now open. Applications are going to be received and evaluated in two application rounds. The deadline for the first round is 26 August 2018, the deadline for the second and last round of applications is 3 October. Applications received after 3 October will not be considered.

Only one team per university can be admitted to participate in the Competition. The team must be 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 from the 2019 edition, only full-time students below 30 years of age will be eligible to participate.

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 for universities opens every year in July and runs until early October—with two application periods to account for different school schedules throughout the world.

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 (2018 and 2017) 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 are indicating to the Organising Committee that you have read and understood the 2019 Competition Rules.


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

University teamsTwo students:

Three students:

Four students:




CoachesOne coach:

Two coaches:

Free of charge


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.

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


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


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 8 February 2019 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.


Professionals wishing to participate in the Competition as judges and/or mediators are now invited to apply. Please submit your application as soon as possible, and no later than 21 October. Applications are going to be evaluated on a rolling basis. The Organising Committee reserves the right to close applications before the deadline, once the number of available places has been filled.


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.

Please note that there will be no monetary compensation for volunteers. As such, all travel, accommodation and other expenses are to be covered by the volunteers directly. However, all volunteers are invited to all social events and will be given the possibility—space permitting—to observe mediation sessions when they are not scheduled for other tasks.

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

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