2019 CPR International Mediation Competition

April 4 - 6, 2019

São Paulo, Brazil


April 4 – 6, 2019 | São Paulo, Brazil




After the success of the previous editions, CPR is delighted to announce the 2019 CPR International Mediation Competition, which will take place for two days on April 5 – 6, 2019, in São Paulo, Brazil. The competition will be hosted by CAM-CCBC and will be preceded by a training for students, taking place on April 4, 2019.

As the only international mediation competition held in Latin America, the CPR International Mediation Competition is a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation and negotiation skills through the role-playing of a mediation problem drafted by experienced mediators and practitioners. The competition convenes students and distinguished ADR professionals from around the globe providing exceptional network opportunities.

We are pleased to welcome 18 teams selected to compete in the 2019 CPR International Mediation Competition:

  • Amazonas State University, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
  • American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Columbia Law School, New York, NY, USA
  • São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
  • Centro Universitário de João Pessoa – Unipê, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • Milton Campos Law School, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • University of Nairobi, School of Law, Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
  • Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune - Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Universidade Vila Velha, Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil


Competition Judges:

We are looking for a select group of dispute resolution professionals to serve as judges for the 2019 CPR International Mediation. If you are interested in being considered to serve as a judge, please fill out the Judge Application Form here by no later than February 22, 2019. Judges will be selected on a rolling basis based on a variety of criteria including: (i) availability; (ii) experience with mediation; and (iii) geographical diversity. Because the official language of the competition is English, professional proficiency in English is required for all judges. Please note that judges will be expected to cover their own expenses. 


Ground Rules:

  • Competition conducted in English
  • Each team will be required to submit a Written Statement before the oral rounds which will be factored in the Negotiation team’s total score
  • The Competition will be structured around General Rounds, in which all Competing Teams will participate, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and Final Rounds
  • Each team competes for a Mediation Prize and a Negotiation Prize, as well as Best Client, Counsel, Written Statement and Best Teamwork.

The Problem

  • The Problem is developed by a team of highly-regarded mediators and practitioners, and involves an international business dispute.
  • The Problem and confidential information for the purposes of submitting the Written Statement will be released in January 2019.
  • Confidential information applicable to each oral round will be released at least 1 hour before each round

The Problem for this year's competition is available here.



  • Teams with limited financial means may apply for a limited scholarship to participate in the competition. To apply for a scholarship, teams must, when they submit their pre-registration form, send a cover letter of 750 to 1000 words briefly describing (i) their thoughts on how mediation, as an alternative dispute resolution method, may contribute to resolve disputes in their country; (ii) how they believe the competition might help them develop mediation in their country; and (iii) the scholarship amount they are seeking and how they will secure the rest of the funding considering the cost estimate to attend the competition provided by the Organizing Committee in the Competition FAQ and the fact that the scholarship will most likely only partially cover their expenses.

    To apply for a scholarship, email your application to Chris Silva at csilva@cpradr.org.


Please consider sponsoring the competition. Your contribution will enable the Organizing Committee to cover the general costs of organizing the competition and to create a scholarship fund for participating teams with financial needs who might not be able to come to São Paulo to attend the competition without financial aid. The scholarship will be allocated by the Organizing Committee based on a number of criteria including (1) diversity; (2) the funding need; (3) a statement from the applicants on how participating in the competition will help them develop mediation in their countries. Please view the sponsorship opportunities here.




2019 International Mediation Competition Co-Chairs:

Olivier André | CPR

Carolina Allodi M. de Andrade | L.O. Baptista

Clare Connellan | White & Case 

Luíza Kömel | CAM-CCBC

Vanessa Winkler | Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga



Click here for information about prior editions of the competition.

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor the competition, please email :

 Chris Silva at csilva@cpradr.org 


Olivier André at oandre@cpradr.org.