Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Monash University’s ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition team. With the support of the ACJI, the team of Tessa Sullivan, Jemima Roe, Joanna Paul and Julia Larner, and their coaches Naomi Burstyner (ACJI, Monash University) and Wendy Gaddie (ACJI, Monash University), travelled to Paris last month to compete against teams from all over the world.
The women, all JD students based at Monash’s city chambers, made up the first Monash team ever to take part the competition. They exceeded all expectations, making it to the grand final and bringing home the silver medal. The team also won special awards for Best Mediation Plan and Best Advocacy.
The competition forms part of the ICC’s Mediation Week which, according to the ICC: “welcomes over 600 participants who are eager to discuss new developments in alternative dispute resolution, analyse and share experiences and meet with colleagues from more than 40 countries” over seven days. Read more about Mediation Week and the competition on the ICC website.
Plans are already underway at Monash to enter a team in future competitions. Keep an eye on the ACJI website for details as they emerge.
You can meet the team and hear about their Parisian adventures at the National Mediation Conference here in Melbourne from 9 – 11 September 2014 (www.mediationconference.com.au).