Record number of students set to test mediation skills

  • 1 February 2011
ICC Diversity

The highly anticipated ICC Mediation Competition kicks off this week in Paris drawing a record number of participating universities.

From Belarus to Hong Kong, 58 teams from 27 countries are registered to take part in ICC’s biggest educational event being held at ICC headquarters in Paris on 4-9 February.

With over 100 professional mediators participating as volunteer judges and mediators, and each team comprising a maximum of four members, participation is set to exceed 460, making the event the biggest to date. Among those taking part are five teams from India, two teams from Brazil and two teams from Singapore.

The event, open for the first time to business schools, will see five days of intense competition as teams put their mediation skills to the test, applying the ICC Amicable Dispute Resolution Rules in mock mediations all based on real cross-border commercial mediations. It offers participants an extremely rare opportunity to see some of the world’s leading mediators at work.

To optimize the educational aspect of the Competition, it will feature training sessions for students and professionals, and be evaluated by an academic team from the Europa University Viadrina from Fankfurt (Oder) Germany, who will evaluate aspects of the Competition relating to cross-cultural issues and the mediation styles used by the mediators.

The event takes place with the support of several law-firms and Amicable Dispute Resolution- friendly multinational companies including Siemens, GE, Thales and BNP Paribas. KPMG is the main sponsor for this year’s event, proving its keen interest in strengthening amicable dispute resolution worldwide.

Finals will take place on Wednesday 9 February.

The ICC Mediation Week will culminate on 10 February with ICC’s 2nd International Mediation Conference which combines academic research and hands on experience to offer participants tailored guidance on the implementation of in-house dispute management systems for business to business conflicts. With only a few places remaining, anyone wishing to register for the conference is advised to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.