5. Format of the Competition

Rule 5.1 – Preliminary Rounds

The Preliminary Rounds will consist of 32 Sessions running from Thursday morning to Friday afternoon. Each Client/Counsel team will compete in 4 Sessions in the Preliminary Rounds. The Mediator of the Team will mediate for a different Session. All Mediators will get the chance to mediate twice in the Preliminary Rounds. The Competition Secretariat in consultation with the Competition Director will assign the Teams and Mediators to their Sessions and decide their role as Requesting or Responding Party. In the Preliminary Rounds, each Counsel/Client team will act as the Responding Party in two Sessions and as the Requesting Party in two Sessions. In subsequent rounds, the Competition Secretariat will try to avoid – if possible – that two Counsel/Client teams compete against each other again and that a Mediator mediates with the same parties again. Each Team with more than 2 students acting as Counsel/Client can decide freely, throughout the Competition, who of the Team shall act as Counsel/Client in any given Session. The student acting as Counsel must be a full or part-time law student according to Rule 2.2.

Rule 5.2 – Second Round

The 8 Counsel/Client teams with the highest scores in the Preliminary Rounds will be announced on Friday afternoon and will advance to the Second Round. The 4 Mediators with the highest scores will be announced and advance to the Second Round. Throughout the Competition, Counsel/Client teams and Mediators will be scored separately and advance independently of each other. For the Second Round the Competition Secretariat in consultation with the Competition Director will assign the Counsel/Client teams and the Mediators to the 4 Second Round Sessions and decide their role as Requesting or Responding Party.

Rule 5.3 – Semi-Finals

The 4 winning Counsel/Client teams of the Second Round will advance to the Semi-Finals. The 2 highest scored Mediators will advance to the Semi-Finals independent of their university’s Counsel/Client team. The Competition Secretariat in consultation with the Competition Director will assign the Counsel/Client teams and Mediators to the 2 Semi-Final Sessions and decide their role as Requesting or Responding Party.

Rule 5.4 – Finals

The 2 winning Counsel/Client teams of the Semi-Finals will advance to the finals. The highest scored Mediator of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Finals independent of her/his university’s Counsel/Client team. The Competition Secretariat in consultation with the Competition Director will assign the role as Requesting or Responding Party to the Counsel/Client teams. If a Mediator would be in the Finals with the Counsel/Client team of his/her university the next highest scored Mediator shall prevail.


published November 25, 2014