On Tuesday morning, university teams from around the world anxiously huddled into the lobby of ICC’s Global Headquarters to find out whether or not they would push through to the next round in the Competition.
Still in the race to be ICC’s 2018 Mediation Competition champion are:
- King’s College London (United Kingdom)
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law (United States)
- Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
- Saint Joseph University of Beirut (Lebanon)
- Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo (Brazil)
- University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
- University of New South Wales (Australia)
- University of Vienna (Austria)
Remarking on her team’s accomplishment, Brittany Young, a student from the University of New South Wales said: “We are happy to be moving on to the next round. We are thrilled to see our hard work paying off and are hoping to continue to build a constructive working-dynamic amongst the team and do the best we possibly can in the next sessions.”
Adding in on Ms Young’s enthusiasm, Maja Cinc, one of the two coaches from the University of Ljubljana, said: “I am very excited about my team progressing forward to the quarter-finals. Our school has participated in the Competition for many years and have never reached this point, so this is a huge achievement for us. This has been an unbelievable experience for my team and myself.”
Over the last three days, more than 230 participating students competed in over 100 real-time mock sessions. Each team must showcase their mediation skills and problem-solving of multi-faceted disputes with legal, commercial and ethical complications, commonly known as problems in the Competition. The problems are developed by a specialised Working Group, made up of globally renowned mediators and ADR practitioners, who incorporate real-world scenarios they have come up against while on the job.
Following the conclusion of the quarter-finals, four teams will advance to compete in the semi-finals, which will take place tomorrow morning. The semi-finals will be hosted by the global law firm, Eversheds.