The YMI network is broadening, with the profiles of 38 YMI Mediators now published on the YMI Search Engine, 70 more in the process and a growing number of organisations and experienced mediators pledging their support for this initiative. Connections are already being made and young mediators around the world are participating in experience generating opportunities!
At the 7th ICC Commercial Mediation Competition, held in Paris last week, representatives of the Young Mediators Initiative were present and were able to motivate numerous young mediators alongside many professionals who are eager to join YMI and make mediation happen.
The Competition is embedded in the Mediation Week that is organized annually by the ICC. The International Conference on Mediation (3rd edition) is the official opening of the Mediation Week, where participants take the opportunity to exchange thoughts and experiences. Renowned mediators and dispute resolution professionals are giving insight into the strategic, financial and logistical aspects of resolving commercial disputes by mediation.
Featuring over 140 mock mediation sessions, based on real cross-border commercial disputes, the Competition has been putting the problem solving skills of law and business students from 32 countries to the test. 66 university teams set out to test their mediation advocacy skills in the presence of some of the world’s leading commercial mediators. South Texas College of Law (USA), has emerged victorious in the battle to win the 2012 Competition. Our congratulations go to the team from South Texas College of Law.
The aim of the annual ICC Competition is to train law and business students to better meet the dispute resolution needs of today’s global market, to know how and when to efficiently use mediation and how to deal with the cultural sensitivities implied in this process. It gives students an opportunity to test their problem-solving skills in international commercial cases in which they take the role of client and counsel while some of the world's leading mediators participate to help the students work towards a good solution.