From Aarhus to Warsaw, 66 universities will take part in the
9th ICC Mediation Competition, an event that has grown enormously
since its launch with just 10 teams in 2006.
Of the 42 countries represented this year, Kenya, Bahrain, Trinidad and
Tobago, and many more, are fielding universities for their first time.
Over five days of intense competition, students will put
their international mediation skills to the test in a range of mock commercial disputes. All reflect real events, from the transfer of
a sensitive international footballer, to the destruction of crops by a swarm of
locusts. And just as in real life, participants will apply ICC’s latest Rules
of Mediation, which replaced the ICC Amicable Dispute Resolution (ADR) Rules on
1 January 2014.
“ICC’s Mediation Competition gives students from around the
world a chance to see how top mediators work in real cross-border disputes.
We’re motivating a new generation of well-trained mediation users,” said Hannah
Tuempel, Senior Counsel and Manager of ICC International Centre for ADR. Well-placed
to organize such an event, this is the body that administers ICC’s Mediation
Rules, and offers a range of dispute settlement services.
With many of the world’s leading commercial mediators
helping set up the event and participating as volunteer judges and mediators,
and each team comprising up to four members, participation is set to exceed
One such volunteer is Geoff Sharp, commercial mediator at
the New Zealand Bar, and member of Brick Court Chambers in London, who mediated
the competition final in 2012, and now works throughout the Asia Pacific region
and the Middle East. Mr Sharp said:
“This marvellous competition has evolved into the most important forum for the
global conversation between practising commercial mediators from all around the
world – who gather in Paris each year to act as mediators and judges.”
Also part of the 2014 ICC Mediation Week, the first International Mediation Round Table will be held on 6 February, the day before
the competition kicks off. This
roundtable provides a unique forum for mediation practitioners and ADR
academics taking part in the ICC Mediation Competition to exchange best
practices and new techniques.
ICC Mediation Week is just one of many events ICC is holding
in the field of mediation in 2014. These include a wide-ranging series of
regional events to launch the new ICC Mediation Rules all over the world,
following their initial launch in Paris in December 2013. More information on
dates and places will be available shortly.
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video of Geoff Sharp sharing his perspectives on the
benefits of the competition for students and the mediation industry visit ICC Mediation Week Testimonials