5th International Mediation Competition 2023
Young International Mediation Competition
HOSTED BY UNIVERSIDADE LISBOA
The Aim of the Competition
The aim of the Mediate Wise Competition is for students to learn and develop skills in a realistic situation, acting as both counsel and as a mediator. Problems are based on cases where the Convention on International Sale of Goods applies.
Each school’s team consists of three participants and a coach. All members of the team must be enrolled in a programme of tertiary legal studies and none may be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction. The competition consists of four “tiers”; a training course, the counsel competition and the mediator competition. Each team participates in all tiers, and competes for both awards, one as Best Student Mediation Counsel Team and one as Best Student Mediator. Students take turns being evaluated and playing the roles of the disputing parties
Mediation Training Course
Training provides basic knowledge and techniques to those who do not study mediation at their university. This levels the playing field, and serves as a review for those who already have a basic knowledge. At the end of the training the teams designate and announce which of their members will compete as mediator and which two will compete as their counsel team.
Best Student Mediation Counsel Team
Two professional Mediators will assess the teams, acting as Independent Evaluators. They will give points for the students’ performance as counsel. Students not competing as counsel play the roles of the parties.
Each professional gives scores based on a standard list of skills and techniques provided to them. The two students are marked as a team rather than individually, according to parameters distributed in advance to the Mediator and Independent Evaluator.
Best Student Mediator
Two professional mediators evaluate the third team member, the student mediator, on areas such as opening statements, time management, how joint sessions are handled, issue spotting, use of caucus, option generation, dealing with confidential information, skills and techniques, completeness of the process, and personal presentation.
Teams who have progressed to the elimination rounds will compete to win the prize of Best Team Award.
Participating Teams: Each team consists of 3 students plus one coach (optional).
What people say about the YIMC:
The two days of mediation training were in themselves worth the trip to Hong Kong.
A Prior Competition Coach
International Competition for University students to train as a mediator and practice their new found skills in a competitive setting.
The Competition also gives more junior mediators a chance to practice their skills in a "safe setting" as well as share experiences and ideas with other fellow mediators.
Beyond the Mediation Competition other training can be provided to suit an individuals needs. Accreditation from relevant Boards will be sought to compliment the training.
Mediate Wise is dedicated to mediation training for all, with inclusivity at the heart of its values. We welcome all who wish to join us, as either a trainee, trainer, judge, mediator or coach. We are also open to engagement with organisations in other capacities. Contact us and get involved now!
Signup Process for the 5th Competition 2023
SELECT YOUR TEAMS
Second Step: Select Your Team Members
Third Step: Submit Your Position Paper
Fourth Step: Attend the Competition!
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