The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Australia is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition.

About the Competition

The ICC Australia Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition allows university students gain valuable skills in mediation, an essential area of dispute resolution in international commercial law.

ICC Australia wishes to empower tomorrow’s business leaders and legal minds, equipping them with the skills to better meet the dispute resolution needs of international businesses in an increasingly cross-cultural and global marketplace. Through this competition, students will learn to effectively combine the use of mediation and collaborative problem-solving skills to successfully represent parties’ interests and progress towards a settlement.

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. There is a reserved place in the 2019 ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition for the winning team.

Rules and Procedure

The Competition follows the well-established ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition Rules, which allow for students to exhibit their mediation skills in a realistic mock commercial dispute. The competition problems are developed by professional mediators, and based on real international commercial disputes.

Teams of 2-4 students compete against each other in a series of competition rounds. Competing teams represent two sides of an international commercial dispute, with members assuming the roles of the Client and Counsel. A qualified professional mediates the dispute, and distinguished judges assess how well the teams have advanced their interests.

Full detail of Competition procedure and judging criteria is available in the Competition Rules. Common queries are also answered in the Frequently Asked Questions.


Sponsorship Opportunities:  Legal, commercial and other organisations are encouraged to partner with ICC Australia on this auspicious event. Learn more.

University Teams:  University teams of 2-4 students are invited to apply.  Learn more and register.

Professional Mediators:  Professional mediators are invited to apply to volunteer as competition judges or mediators. Learn more and register.

Key Dates

29 January 2018 Registrations open
11 April 2018 Registrations close
25 April 2018 Cut-off date for registration cancellation
27-28 July 2018 Preliminary Rounds: Melbourne Commercial Arbitration Centre, 223 William Street Melbourne
29 July 2018 Final Round: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street Melbourne

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