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What is the official language of the Competition?

The official language of the Competition is English.

What is a Mediation Problem?

Each international commercial dispute case study (Mediation Problem or Problem) consists of both General and Confidential Information.
General Information contains the background factual information of the Problem while the Confidential Information presents more detailed information for the exclusive use of a Party.
The General Information will be disclosed to all participants prior to the Competition after the application period and selection of all Teams by the Organizing Committee.
For each round, Teams are assigned by the Organizing Committee to either present the Requesting Party or Responding Party (role). Depending on their role, Teams receive Confidential Information in addition to the General Information to prepare for their Mediation Session.
The Confidential Information will differ depending on whether the Team is acting as the Requesting Party or the Responding Party.
The Confidential Information for the Preliminary Rounds is provided to each Team by the Organizing Committee prior to the Competition and is for the exclusive use of that Team only. Confidential Information is not to be communicated by the members of one Team to any other Team.
Confidential Information and assignment of roles for the Final Rounds will be provided during the Competition. Sharing the Confidential Information with other Teams leads to an immediate disqualification of the Competition.


What is a Mediation Session?

“Mediation Session” means the timeframe of 150 minutes (Preliminary Rounds) or 135 minutes (Final Rounds) which include the actual mediation (85 minutes).
During each mediation one Competition Problem will be addressed. Two Competing Teams participate in each Mediation Session.
One assigned professional will act as the Mediator while two additional professionals will be judging the Teams’ performance.
The Competing Teams will appear in a virtual room together with the Mediator and the Judges. A trained volunteer will provide access to the virtual room and support the process.  No one else is allowed to interact with the Competing Teams while the Mediation Session is ongoing.

What is the Competition?

The ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition – Hong Kong (the “Competition” or the “ICC-HK Competition”) is an annual mediation competition organized by International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) – Hong Kong (“ICC-HK”).  The ICC HK Competition is based on the ICC Mediation International Commercial Mediation Competition held in Paris each February (the “ICC Paris Competition”); its winning team is guaranteed a place in the ICC Paris Competition. Teams from business and law schools, as well as internationally renowned mediators and professionals from around the world participate in the Competition.
The 2019-2020 Competition will take place from Wednesday 11 November 2020 until Saturday 14 November 2020.  In view of the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic the Competition will be held on-line (virtually).
The event lasts four days, with the opening on the evening of first day, 11 November 2020, preliminary and knockout rounds between 12 and 14 November 2020. and the rounds over the other three days. During the Competition, participants will apply the ICC’s Amicable Dispute Resolution (ADR) Rules aiming to settle commercial dispute scenarios that have been drafted for the Competition by a Drafting Working Group of international mediation experts. These Problems will be circulated beforehand to the competing Teams for their preparation. Each Team will also have to prepare a brief written analysis of the Problems in a Mediation Plan.
During the Competition, the Organizing Committee will arrange workshops where mediation professionals will share their experience, insight and best practices with their fellow colleagues and students.

Where does the Competition take place?

The Competition will take place on-line, organized in Hong Kong. Details about the online platform for the Competition will be available on the Competition website shortly.

Who can apply to the Competition?

University Teams including business and law schools from local and international universities from all around the world are invited to participate.
Trained and experienced Mediators from around the globe are invited to participate as volunteer Mediators, Judges, Coaches in the Competition, and/or Competition case authors.
Volunteers are invited to apply to participate in the Competition as Mediation Session Supervisors or assistants and help with upcoming tasks during the event. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for the 2020 Competition, please send your application including your CV and a cover letter to the Organizing Committee at: iccmediationcomphk@gmail.com, and indicate your availabilities.

Who is the Organizing Committee?

The Organizing Committee is the official ICC – Hong Kong group in charge of managing the Competition. In case of questions or concerns, you can contact them at: iccmediationcomphk@gmail.com
During the Competition, the Organizing Committee is supported by numerous Volunteers without whom the event would not be possible.
The Organizing Committee can impose penalties and/or disqualifications if it considers that a Team or one of its members has violated the 2020 Competition Rules.


Where can I find "up to date" information on the Competition?

The most recent information about the Competition will be available on the Competition website: https://www.iccmediationcomp.hk 

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