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.
University of North Carolina Charlotte University Register Below.
Mock Mediation Invitational Tournament
April 5, 2019 – April 6, 2019 all-day
University of North Carolina Charlotte (www.uncc.edu) 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
Registration fees are $150.00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
University of North Carolina Charlotte University