13th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition

Paris, France, • English
ICC competition event

The ICC Mediation Competition is the world’s largest moot exclusively devoted to international commercial mediation. The 13th edition of the Competition will be held in Paris from 2-7 February 2018.



What began in 2006 with just ten teams, now boasts an impressive 66 specially selected teams—representing 32 countries throughout the world.

Taking place over the course of six days, students from diverse backgrounds will compete in around 150 mock sessions to resolve international business disputes through mediation. Teams must adhere to the most current version of the ICC Mediation Rules and are guided by professionals.

More than 130 mediators and mediation trainers give their time to the Competition each year. Some act as mediators, making use of their own experience in resolving cross-border disputes. 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.

Paired with training programmes and a variety of social events, ICC’s biggest educational event of the year provides a once-in-a-life opportunity for young talented students and experienced professionals alike to forge relationships, build skills and share best practices.

Please note that participants—both students and professionals—have already been confirmed for the 2018 event. However, the Organising Committee is still accepting applications for volunteers.

Read further information about the prestigious Competition and its past winners.

Competing universities

The Organising Committee has selected 66 teams to participate in the 2018 edition of the Competition. The competing school and universities include:

Name of the UniversityCountry
Aarhus UniversityDenmark
Bar-Ilan UniversityIsrael
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawUnited States
Bucerius Law SchoolGermany
Charles UniversityCzech Republic
Ecole de formation aux barreaux de la Cour d’appel de Paris (EFB)France
Eotvos Lorand UniversityHungary
European University Viadrina and Technical University of Applied Sciences WildauGermany
Fordham University School of LawUnited States
Georgetown University Law CenterUnited States
Hitotsubashi UniversityJapan
Jagiellonian UniversityPoland
King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
Leibniz University HanoverGermany
Loyola Law SchoolUnited States
Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
MGIMO UniversityRussia
Mitchell Hamline School of LawUnited States
Monash UniversityAustralia
National Law Institute University – BhopalIndia
National Law School of India University – BangaloreIndia
National Law University – DelhiIndia
National University of SingaporeSingapore
New Jersey City University and Seton Hall University School of LawUnited States
New Vision UniversityGeorgia
New York Law SchoolUnited States
Obafemi Awolowo UniversityNigeria
Pepperdine UniversityUnited States
Pontifical Catholic University of São PauloBrazil
Queen’s University BelfastUnited Kingdom
Russian State University of JusticeRussia
Saint Joseph University of BeirutLebanon
Sao Paulo Law School of Fundacao Getulio VargasBrazil
School of Law in Rio de Janeiro Getulio VargasBrazil
Sciences PoFrance
Shanghai University of Political Science and LawChina
Singapore Management University School of LawSingapore
SOAS University of LondonUnited Kingdom
Strathmore UniversityKenya
Striks School of Law, COMASIsrael
Taras Shevchenko National University of KyivUkraine
The College of Law and BusinessIsrael
Universidad Pontificia BolivarianaColombia
Universidade Católica Portuguesa – PortoPortugal
Universidade Federal do Espirito SantoBrazil
Universidade Presbiteriana MackenzieBrazil
Universita degli Studi di MilanoItaly
Universita degli Studi di Milano – BicoccaItaly
Universitas Gadjah MadaIndonesia
Universite de FribourgSwitzerland
Universite de LorraineFrance
Universite de MontrealCanada
University of AucklandNew Zealand
University of GroningenNetherlands
University of LeuvenBelgium
University of LjubljanaSlovenia
University of MarburgGermany
University of New South WalesAustralia
University of Notre Dame AustraliaAustralia
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law – Common LawCanada
University of  Sao PauloBrazil
University of ViennaAustria
University of WarsawPoland
V.M. Salgaocar College of Law, Goa UniversityIndia
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies – VIPSIndia
West Bengal National University of Juridical SciencesIndia


2 February 2018
09:30-17:30Registration and trainings
18:30-21:00Welcome cocktail
3 February 2018
08:00-22:00Preliminary Rounds
19:30-23:30Dinner for professionals
4 February 2018
08:00-19:30Preliminary Rounds
5 February 2018
08:00-19:30Preliminary Rounds
20:30-23:00Middle cocktail
6 February 2018
08:00-10:30Eight finals
12:30-14:30Lunch for Sponsors and Working Groups (by invitation only)
15:00-17:30Quarter finals
21:00 onwardsCompetition party
7 February 2018
17:30- 18:00Award Ceremony
18:00-21:00Final cocktail

Working groups

There are three working groups that assist the ICC International Centre for ADR in the development of the event. They include:

  • Working Group for the Competition Rules
  • Working Group for the Competition Problems
  • Working Group for the Mediation Roundtable

Discover the complete list of professionals involved in each of the working groups for the 2018 edition.

Logistical notes

Date The 13th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition will take place from 2 – 7 February 2018
VenueThe Competition will take place at ICC Headquarters and in other venues in central Paris.
FormatThe Competition consists of four Preliminary Rounds and four Final Rounds. All selected teams will compete once in each of the Preliminary Rounds. The 16 teams that obtain the best scores in the Preliminary Rounds will proceed to the Final Rounds, where direct elimination applies. During each session, each team will be represented by two of members, one acting as the Client and the other as Counsel of either the Requesting Party or the Responding Party, according to the role assigned.

The students will endeavour to make the best use of the mediation process, with the help of a professional mediator.

Judges will be present in order to evaluate the teams’ performance.

Competition RulesWe draw the applicants’ special attention to the Competition Rules. By submitting an application to participate in the Competition, you are indicating to the Organising Committee that you have read and understood the 2018 Mediation Competition Rules.
CancellationThe basic team registration fee for teams is not refundable. The fee for additional team members (i.e., students or coaches), observers and guests will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before December 2017. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

In the unlikely event of cancellation of the event, paying participants will be offered a full refund of their registration fee. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any other expense incurred by the participants.


With more than 500 participants, including some of the world’s top universities and leading international mediation practitioners and scholars, the Competition offers unparalleled opportunities to maximise visibility within the ADR community.

Learn more about our sponsorship options or contact our sponsorship team directly.

For further information, please contact

  • Sara Debenedetti
  • +33 1 49 53 33 59
  • Project Manager
  • Sandra Sanchez Nery
  • (+33) 1 49 53 28 42
  • Sponsorship Manager
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