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Jagiellonian University of Poland has won the 8th ICC International Mediation Competition, beating the University of Auckland in the Competition final which took place today in Paris.

The Jagiellonian mediation team celebrates their victory.

The Jagiellonian mediation team celebrates their victory.

Featuring over 140 mock mediation sessions, based on real
cross-border commercial disputes, the Competition tested the problem solving
skills of 66 teams from 31 countries.

The Jagiellonian team comprised law students Jakub
Bielamowicz, Karolina Jackowicz, Tomasz Marek and Marta Warchol who win internships
at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Centre for ADR and
the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as part of the Competition prize.

The team was selected to represent their university after
preliminary rounds were held in Krakow, Poland by team coach Malgorzata Kozuch.

“We did our homework and everything we could do to win,” Ms
Kozuch said. “Throughout the Competition each performance was better than the
one before and we really appreciated the feedback of the judges and mediators.
I think the most important learning outcome of the event for my team is the
soft skills; that is the ability to acknowledge the interests not only of the
side they are representing but also of the other side.”

Alan Roy, a French professional mediator said: “The
Competition is a wonderful experience. Each year it becomes more mediation and
less negotiation. We are seeing emotions appearing more whereas before it tended
to be purely technical and financial. This is a global trend reflected not just
in the students but also in the coaches, mediators and problem writers.”

The Auckland University team comprised third, fourth and
fifth year students Adam McDonald, Nupur Upadhyay, Kimberley Eccles and Alice
Wang.

“Our university has never competed in the Competition before
and we certainly never expected to make it to the final,” said Ms Upadhyay.

“We didn’t know what to expect coming in but have learned a
lot not just from the other teams and other mediation styles but also from the
feedback we’ve received from the judges and mediators who all have their
different styles. It has been a really valuable experience to learn how
mediation is done and what is valued in mediation as a form of dispute
resolution. We expect that our university will enter the Competition again next
year and envisage that we would have a role telling the team what our experience
was like and helping them to practice.”

Auckland team coach Nina Khouri – a strong advocate of
mediation and alternative dispute resolution who recently joined the university
faculty – selected her team following interviews and a practice session to narrow
down the large number of applicants who had applied to represent the
university.

Nkoyo Igunbor, Ngozi Emuraishe and Clara Emenike are all
members of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) in
Nigeria and are attending the Competition as observers to learn more about the
way others conduct mediations.

“The students have been wonderful and have really put in
their best,” said Ms Igunbor. “We would like to see mediation become part of
the academic curriculum in Nigeria and intend to take our learning experiences
back home and hopefully get our schools to compete next year.

If we can get the average law student to understand
mediation to the level that has been displayed here and get them to think like
mediators before they even come out of law school that would be a great
achievement.”

Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Andrea
Carlevaris said: “We hope that the students all return home with increased
knowledge and skills to further support the development of mediation in all
parts of the world. My congratulations go to everyone who took part in this
unique educational event.”

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