2018 Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition

The ICC Australia Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition, being held on 27-29 July 2018 in Melbourne, allows university students gain valuable skills in mediation, an essential area of dispute resolution in international commercial law.


1st – University of N.S.W.
2nd – O.P. Jindal Global University
3rd – La Trobe University
4th – University of Auckland

Click here to see photos of the finals and the winners receiving their awards.

View the 2018 highlights video here.

View the full 2018 final video here.

Preliminary Finalists

La Trobe University
Monash University
National University of Singapore
O.P. Jindal Global University
University of Auckland
University of Melbourne
University of N.S.W.
West Bengal National University

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.

Watch the full video of the 2017 final.

Watch a snapshot of the 2017 competition.

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.

Rules | Ranking of Teams

Teams are ranked and selected for the Final Rounds based on the following criteria, in decreasing order of importance:

  • total number of Score Sheets designating a “Win”;
  • total number of overall points;
  • lowest total of the differentials between the number of points scored in each Mediation Session.

Competition Problem Authors

The mediation problems have been written specifically for this Mediation Competition by a team of highly-experienced mediation professionals. We thank Alan Limbury, Marianne Barker, Rosemary Jackson, Murray Armes and Christopher Miers for their time and expertise.

These problems will be published on this website at the conclusion of the Mediation Competition.


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
30 April 2018 Registrations close
14 May 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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