21 July 2017

Resolution Institute sponsors ICC commercial mediation competition

Congratulations to the 14 teams from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and India who exhibited their exceptional mediation advocacy skills in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition held on 7-9 July in Melbourne. The competition provided an opportunity for law students to gain valuable skills in mediation, an essential area of dispute resolution in international commercial law. Participating students learned to combine the use of mediation and collaborative problem-solving skills to represent parties' interests effectively and progress towards a settlement.

Resolution Institute is proud to have sponsored the competition by providing a prize of enrolments in a mediation training course to the best performing Australian or New Zealand team in the competition. As well, Resolution Institute is proud that so many of its members shared their DR expertise by participating on the organising committee and volunteering as mediators and judges at the competition or as team coaches or mentors.

The University of Auckland team, who were narrowly defeated in the grand final by the National University of Singapore, took out the Resolution Institute prize presented by Resolution Institute Victorian Chapter Committee chair Donna Ross to team members Victor Liu, Matthew Jackson, Tunisia Napia and Rima Shenoy. View the final here>> All three New Zealand teams in the competition made it into the final rounds, each team being coached by Resolution Institute members: the University of Auckland team coached by Ana Lenard and Andrew Lee, the Victoria University of Wellington team coached by Grant Morris and the Auckland University of Technology team coached by Jessica Carter.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) team, coached by Resolution Institute member Stephen Lancken, was the best performing Australian team, placed 3rd overall. Other Australian teams in the competition included four teams from Monash University, two teams from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and one team each from University of Melbourne and University of Canberra. Out of these two teams from Monash and one from RMIT made the final rounds.

The Competition acts as a regional preliminary round to the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, held annually at the ICC Global Headquarters in Paris, France. Congratulations again to all competitors and many thanks to ICC Australia for this initiative and to all of the sponsors for their support.