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Every year the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsors an international law school mediation tournament. The tournament typically takes place during the spring semester in Chicago, IL. Participation in these tournaments continues to increase every year, especially the participation of international schools. Law schools from Canada, Great Britain, and Germany regularly attend. The tournament provides law students with the opportunity to learn about various forms and techniques used in mediation, as well as the opportunity to practice their mediation skills in friendly competition with other students from around the world.

Teams of three students each go through three preliminary rounds serving as mediators, as well as advocates and clients. Mediators work in pairs, with the co-mediators being from different schools. This encourages students to recognize that mediation is about working together to reach a solution, rather than competing at every turn. Mediators are judged on their ability to work together with their co-mediator in addition to their listening skills, their ability to help that advocates and clients see the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, their ability to stay positi ve and professional, and their ability to help guide the parties to a resolution of the dispute that brought them to mediation.

Advocates and clients are judged on their ability to present their case, to articulate their strengths and weaknesses, and to work with the mediators toward a solution while also meeting their needs and interests.The four top teams in each category go through to a final round. Awards are given for team performances and individual performances.

With the heavy focus of traditional legal education on litigation, competitions such as this one allow students to see a different side of law practice.

Upcoming Events:

Mediate’18 – Mediation Tournament in Kiev, Ukraine @ Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Faculty
Nov 5 – Nov 9 all-day

Mediate’18 is an international mediation tournament created by InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution and young professionals from Eastern European countries with a goal of raising awareness about mediation.

First of its kind international mediation tournament in Ukraine

– 3 days of mediation training by world-class mediators
– 2 days of rounds simulating mediation process
– Up to 24 teams from around the world

Main goals of Mediate’18

Promote mediation and alternative dispute resolution
Create a strong international community among students and young professionals interested in mediation
Promote students cooperation among law schools and mediation societies around the world

Join us in strengthening mediation community around the world.

Find more information here:

2018 INADR International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament @ Drake University
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day

The 2018 INADR International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament will be taking place November 15-17, 2018 at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. The registration fee is $400.00 per team.  Registration for the tournament will open September 7, 2018 and will close on October 12, 2018. The fee for teams registering after October 12, 2018 is $450.00.

2018 IIMT Schedule

Hotel: We have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express at Drake University, 1140 24th Street | Des Moines, IA  50311

The block rate is set at $99.00 per night and each room will have two queen beds.  To reserve a room anyone should call the hotel directly at 515.255.4000 and state they would like to reserve a room from the INADR Mediation Tournament room block.  The cut-off date is set Oct. 25.  Any rooms not reserved by then will be released from the block for sale to the public.

Registered teams please fill out this RSVP form.

7th NLIU INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament @ National Law Institute University
Nov 23 – Nov 25 all-day

The 7th NLIU INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament will be taking place at National Law Institute University in Bhopal, India November 23-25, 2018.

Click here for more information.

FAMU College of Law Invitational
Jan 31 – Feb 3 all-day

Florida A&M University will be hosting an INADR Law School Mediation Tournament January 31-February 3, 2019. More details to come.

University of North Carolina Charlotte Invitational
Apr 5 – Apr 6 all-day

University of North Carolina Charlotte University
Mock Mediation Invitational Tournament
April 5, 2019 – April 6, 2019 all-day
University of North Carolina Charlotte ( in Charlotte, North Carolina will be hosting a
Spring Mock Mediation Invitational Tournament on April 5-6, 2019. This three round tournament will
also include opportunities for training for students and coaches on mediation techniques and civil
collaborative practice.
Registration fees are $75.00 per each three person team and $25.00 for each extra individual
including coaches. Fees include the awards luncheon on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Registration
begins at noon on Friday with training to begin at 1:00 pm. Tournament rounds will be held on
Friday afternoon, Friday evening and Saturday morning. Space is limited, so register as early as
possible. The registration deadline is March 22, 2019. For registration forms or further information,
contact There are several hotels near UNC Charlotte, and metro Charlotte is
accessible due to the Light Rail. We hope to see you in April in the Queen City of Charlotte!