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In February of each year, established and budding mediators congregate at ICC headquarters in Paris for a unique week of events centred on mediation. Alina Leoveanu, Manager of the ICC International Centre for ADR, reports on the 2017 edition of this rare opportunity to learn about, practise and celebrate mediation.
ICC's biggest educational event - the ICC Mediation Week - took place between February 2 and 8, 2017. Organised by the ICC International Centre for ADR, this annual event comprises the ICC International Mediation Roundtable and the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition.
Each year, the ICC Mediation Week attracts from all over the world hundreds of participants - professional mediators, academics and students - eager to experience this unique opportunity to share knowledge, discuss new developments and gain valuable insights into the latest techniques, strategies and trends in the field of mediation.
For mediators looking to connect, exchange ideas and compare best practices, the ICC Mediation Week opened with the 4th edition of the ICC International Mediation Roundtable. The conference drew together over a hundred of the world's top dispute resolution professionals and academics to discuss current challenges and innovations in the field of mediation, with a view to furthering its development and practice. The event has quickly established itself as one of the most significant and valuable meeting points for ADR professionals worldwide.
This year's Roundtable was moderated by the French mediator Christian Hausmann and included:
• a Q&A session with members of the International Centre for ADR
• an exciting 'speed-dating' session in which professionals talked about their personal experiences
• several interactive workshops on subjects such as co-mediation in cross-border disputes and codes of conduct
• a discussion on mediation trends worldwide led by mediator and co-founder of the Young Mediators Initiative (YMI) Angela Herberholz
• a plenary session moderated by commercial mediator Geoff Sharp, which looked at the challenges mediators face.
The conclusion of the Roundtable marked the start of the 12th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, which is the biggest moot competition devoted exclusively to international commercial mediation in the world. Originally reserved for business and economics students, the competition is today open to students in any discipline, although each team must include at
least one law student to take the role of counsel. With almost a hundred and fifty mediation sessions and several social events, the event is a unique opportunity for students not only to put theory into practice, but also to make new contacts and learn directly from leading mediation professionals.
This year, sixty-five university teams from thirty-three countries took part in the competition, which consisted of eight rounds based on eight original scenarios inspired by actual cross-border commercial disputes, prepared by a pool of mediators from different parts of the world.
After some very exciting and highly contrasting final rounds, the College of Law and Business (Israel) was declared the winner or this year's competition, beating V.M. Salgaocar College of Law Goa, Goa University (India) into second place, with Saint Joseph University of Beirut (Lebanon) and the University of Auckland (New Zealand) as runners-up.
Long-time supporters of the ICC Mediation Week, KPMG, was the headline sponsor, and Clifford Chance the main supporting organisation.
We are already looking forward to next year, so save the date for the 2018 ICC Mediation Week, which will take place from 1 to 7 February 2018.