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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:

Sep
19
Thu
2019 College of the Holy Cross Invitational @ College of the Holy Cross
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day

The INADR College of the Holy Cross Invitational Mediation Tournament will be taking place in Worcester, MA September 19-21, 2019.  Undergraduate, and law students are invited to attend.

Schedule, registration and hotel information to come!

Oct
4
Fri
Brenau University Invitational Tournament
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

Brenau University Mock Mediation Invitational Tournament, October 4 and 5, 2019

Brenau University (www.brenau.edu) in Gainesville, Georgia will be hosting its seventeenth annual Mock Mediation Invitational Tournament on October 4 and 5, 2019.  This three round tournament will also include opportunities for training for students and coaches on mediation techniques and advocacy in mediation.

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, October 5, 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 September 30, 2019.  For registration forms or further information, contact kfrank@brenau.edu.  Make hotel reservations early and for a list of local hotels which have special rates for Brenau related events, please send an email.  We hope to see you in October in Gainesville!

Nov
1
Fri
2019 INADR International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament @ Osgoode Hall Law School
Nov 1 – Nov 3 all-day

The 2019 INADR International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament will be taking place at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada, November 1-3, 2019.  More information to come!

Mar
3
Tue
2020 International Law School Mediation Tournament and Mediation Forum @ Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Mar 3 – Mar 7 all-day

The 2020 INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament and Mediation Forum will be taking place at Loyola University Chicago School of Law March 3-7, 2020.  Registration and hotel information to come!