The way this competition works is that there will be a team of two students, acting as mediators, who are working together to try and facilitate a settlement between the two clients. The clients will have been given a scenario to learn before the competition, and at the start of each round, the clients will each have a few minutes to explain their problem to the mediators. The mediators must then -- within a 30 minute time limit -- try to facilitate a settlement which both conflicting parties are happy with, of which they may not have reached without mediating.
Similar to Negotiation, Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). It involves placing the outcome entirely into the hands of the parties at dispute, while having third party mediators guide them to a mutual agreement.
This form of ADR is used all the way from big business disputes down to tenant-landlord disagreements. It is therefore particularly useful to become accustomed with.
Preliminary rounds- 25th February- 1st March 2019
Quarter-Finals- 4th March- 8th March 2019
Semi-Finals- 11th March- 15th March 2019
Finals- 20th/21st March 2019
To learn more about the Mediation competition please watch our intro to mediation video