Definitions

(Expert) Assessor
is a professional mediator or a mediation or negotiation trainer who assesses and scores Teams and provides feedback during one or more Sessions of the Competition, according to the Scoring Criteria of the Competition.
BATNA
is the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement , i.e. the best solution for a party, in the event of no positive result of the mediation proceedings.
Break
is the time period which each Team may ask for, only once, during each Session of the Competition.
Caucus
is a separate meeting between the Mediator and one of the Teams.
CDR
is Consensual Dispute Resolution.
Client
is the student of each Team who plays the role of the Client in a Session of the Competition.
Coach
is (are) the person(s) appointed by the Team’s University to prepare and supervise that Team.
Competition
is the IBA-VIAC Mediation and Negotiation Competition Vienna 2015.
Competition Director
is the person appointed by the IBA Mediation Committee and by VIAC to organise and run the Competition under the directions and supervision of the Organising Committee.
Competition Rules
are the Rules which govern the Competition.
 
Competition Secretariat
are members of ELSA Austria appointed by the Organizing Commitee to act under the directions of the Competition Director for the organisation and running of the Competition.
Confidential
Information
Paper
is a paper containing confidential elements to be taken into account in determining the strategy and tactics of one of the two Teams of a Session. It is made available by the Organising Committee at least one hour before the start of the Session.
Counsel
is the student of each Team who plays the role of Counsel in a Session of the Competition.
Counsel/Client team
are the 2 - 4 students of a Team acting in the role as Counsel and Clients.
Duration
is the time period for each Session.
General
Paper
is the core Problem which is made available online by the Competition Director.
Mediator
is the student appointed in each Session to act as Mediator in that Session.
Organising
Committee
is the Committee consisting of two persons, one appointed by the IBA Mediation Committee and the other one by VIAC to organise and supervise the Competition and the compliance with the Rules. An alternate member will be appointed by each of the entities.
Preliminary
Rounds
are the first four rounds of the Competition comprising of 4 Sessions per Team.
Problem
is the case which is made available to the Teams and which the Teams will try to solve by negotiation with the help of the Mediator.
Requesting
Party
in each Session, is the party to which the Competition Director has assigned the role of the party which has requested the mediation.
Responding
Party
in each Session, is the party to which the Competition Director has assigned the role of the party which has to respond to the request for the mediation.
Score Sheet
is the form provided to the Expert Assessors by the Competition Director to score the performance of each Team.
Scoring
Criteria
are the criteria to be followed for scoring the performance of all members of a Team in a given Session.
Session
is the 120 minute time slot during which the Teams will hold their mediation.
Team
is a University team comprising of maximum 5 students admitted to the 2015 Competition.
Vis Mootis the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
WATNA
is the Worst Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement, i.e. the worst scenario which a party which has been unable to achieve a negotiated agreement, will have to face.

published November 25, 2014