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11-14 NOVEMBER 2020

About the Competition
Following the resounding success of the annual ICC Mediation Competition in Paris (now in its 15th year) the International Chamber of Commerce - Hong Kong (“ICC-HK”) decided to bring a round of this competition to Hong Kong in 2018, co-organising it with the Department of Justice of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (The “HKSAR Government”).

Building on the successful 2018 Competition, ICC-HK will hold the 2019-2020 ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition - Hong Kong (the “Competition” or the “ICC-HK Competition”) from 11-14 November 2020. Given the continuing COVID-19 restrictions., the Competition will be held online.

As a global community we remain constrained by COVID-19 restrictions. Anticipating no early return to seamless international travel, we seek to give Universities certainty that this opportunity will go ahead for their students in 2020. The ICC Mediation Competition - Hong Kong will therefore be held virtually on a specialist Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform.

Students will be guided by professional mediators under rules based on the ICC mediation rules, supported and adjudicated by a panel of experienced, world-leading ADR practitioners. This is a unique opportunity for students to:

- Showcase their negotiation skills in a commercial mediation environment
- Develop skills in collaborative commercial problem solving, analytical judgment and persuasion

- Connect aspiring students to strong professional networks

The winning team will receive automatic entry to compete at the annual ICC Mediation Competition at the ICC Global Headquarters in Paris, France in early 2021 in its 16th edition, widely recognised as the world’s leading competition devoted to international commercial mediation.

Supporting Organisations


About ICC - Hong Kong

The International Chamber of Commerce - Hong Kong ("ICC-HK") was inaugurated in December 1998 as the Hong Kong representative body of the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC"). It seeks to project Hong Kong's business interests in the international community and to mobilise Hong Kong's business experience to contribute to the key activities of ICC.

ICC-HK further aims to share Hong Kong's experience with businesses elsewhere particularly in areas of policy issues, international standards and business practices. It participates in ICC's endeavours in setting business standards and in promoting interflow of business around the world.



Teams of 2-4 university students compete in a series of competition rounds. Competing teams represent two sides of a dispute, with members assuming the roles of Client and Counsel. A qualified professional mediates the dispute, whilst distinguished judges assess how well the teams have advanced their interests towards a settlement. Full details of Competition procedures and judging criteria can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.


Please refer to the attached 2020 Competition Rules.