International Mediation Competition

The CPR International Mediation Competition is a unique annual 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 networking opportunities.

The 2023 International Mediation Competition took place March 30 - April 1 in São Paulo at Insper, a higher education institution. 18 teams from five continents convened for in-person competition. Here are the results:

Best Mediator:
1st place - Lennox Kirianki - University of Nairobi
2nd place - Antonia Voit - University of Vienna
3rd place - João Miguel Resende Oliveira  - University of São Paulo

Best Client:
1st place - Teresa Sihler - University of Vienna
2nd place - Kessav Navaladi Shankar - Jindal Global Law School
3rd place - Margaret Turchinski - American University Washington College of Law

Best Counsel:
1st place - Kevin Kimi Alexander - Jindal Global Law School
2nd place - Shashvat Chandra - National Law University Delhi
3rd place - Lukas Klewein - University of Vienna

Best Negotiator:
1st place - Jindal Global Law School
2nd place - University of Vienna
3rd place - National Law University Delhi

Best Teamwork:
1st place - Jindal Global Law School
2nd place - University of Vienna
3rd - National Law University Delhi

Best Written Statement:
1st place - Federal University of Espírito Santo
2nd place - American University Washington College of Law
3rd place - tie - National Law University Delhi - São Paulo Law School of Fundãcao Getulio Vargas - Federal University of Parana

 

CPR first brought the International Mediation Competition ("IMC") to Brazil in 2017 and has continued with this annual tradition in São Paulo until the pandemic required virtual attendance. CPR brought the competition back live and in-person in 2023 so that students from around the world can build on their mediation skills, network with each other and with professionals in the field, and learn from some of the leading experts in mediation and dispute resolution. A leading international mediation competition held in Latin America, this competition demonstrates CPR’s commitment to promoting mediation across the globe while also showcasing the leadership of the Brazilian community in hosting this marquee event.

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Ground Rules:
  • The competition is conducted in English
  • Each team is required to submit a Written Statement before the oral rounds which will be factored in the Negotiation team’s total score
  • The Competition is structured around General Rounds, in which all Competing Teams participated, 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 are released prior to the competition
  • Confidential information applicable to each oral round is released at least 1 hour before each round

Scholarship:

Teams with limited financial means were able to apply for a limited scholarship to participate in the competition. To apply for a scholarship, teams, when they submit their pre-registration form, sent 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.


Sponsorship:

Please consider sponsoring future competition, enabling 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 contact us about sponsoring this competition.



If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at mediationcompetition@cpradr.org.