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IBA-VIAC CDR Competition 2023


8 to 12 July 2023

The IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna is unique

Students can choose to participate as negotiators or mediators, making it a true mediation competition and, thus, an incredible and exciting training, learning and networking opportunity for current and future mediation and conflict management experts.


Online applications for the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna are open from 27 January 2023 to 3 March 2023 (11:59 pm (CET) the latest).

Selected teams will be invited to participate at the end March 2023


We accept applications from teams of negotiators (Negotiator Teams) and teams of mediators (Mediator Teams).

Negotiator Teams

  • Each university may lodge an application only for one Negotiator Team.
  • A negotiator team consists of a minimum of two and a maximum of four students.
  • At least one student of the negotiator team must be a full or part-time law student in order to play the role of the Counsel in the competition.
  • Negotiator teams have to nominate a minimum of one and a maximum of two coaches.

Mediator Teams

  • Each university may lodge an application only for one Mediator Team.
  • A Mediator Team consists of a minimum of one and a maximum of two students.
  • Mediator Teams must nominate a minimum of one and a maximum of two coaches.


  • To be eligible, students must be registered as full-time or part-time students in the academic year of 2022/2023 or 2023.
  • Graduate students are permitted to participate if they have completed their undergraduate studies no longer than 2 years ago and have gained work experience (e.g. practiced law or been in business) of no more than 1 year since their graduation.
  • No student can have any practical mediation experience outside a training or university context (clinical experience is permissible).
  • Each student can participate only once in any student role. In 2023, this Rule is subject to a “Covid Exemption” which may allow the return of certain students.
  • Each Team must review the Competition Rules for the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDR Vienna.
  • Each Team is responsible for ensuring that all its members are eligible to participate in the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna

The “Covid Exemption” for the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna

Students may return to the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna if they fulfill the “Covid Exemption”.

This exemption is limited to: 

  • students who have competed in the 2022 IBA-VIAC CDR Competition as a mediator or a negotiator (eligible students); and
  • the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna exclusively.

The Covid Exemption enables eligible students who participated in 2022 as a mediator, to apply to enter the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna as a negotiator, and vice versa.

  • If Teams consider fielding students under the Covid Exemption, please contact the competition’s Directors (directors[at] to confirm their eligibility.


We will select teams based on the criteria set out below (in no particular order).

  • communication, presentation, and other skills manifested in the student’s application;
  • training, coursework, and experience of the applying students;
  • performance at previous mediation or negotiation competitions;
  • representation of geographic and cultural diversity.

For more details on team structure, eligibility, and selection criteria please make sure to check the Competition Rules for the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna.


CDRC is not charging application fees.

If accepted to participate in the IBA-VIAC CDR Competition, the Teams are invited to register and then asked to transfer a Registration Fee.

The Registration Fees for the 2023 IBA-VIAC CDR Competition are:

  • Registration fee for a Negotiator Team: 330€ 
  • Registration fee for a Mediator Team: 300€

Application requirement

Each application consists of 3 steps, including that each Team must:

  1. produce a short video so we can get to know you.
  2. fill in either the Mediator Team Application Form or the Negotiator Team Application Form.
  3. add and upload the short video.
  4. lodge its Mediator Team Application Form or its Negotiator Team Application Form, together with its short video.


… a Negotiator Team:

  1. Fill in the Negotiator Team Application Form; and
  2. submit it together with a 2-minute video to show us, what makes your team a great Negotiator Team.

… a Mediator Team:

  1. Fill in the Mediator Team Application Form; and
  2. submit it together with a 1-minute video to show us, what makes you or your team a great Mediator (Team).

A video?

Yes, of course! 

We want to get to know you and what better way of showing us who you are and why you are a great team for the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna. 

Let your creativity run free and blow us away! 

Here are simple instructions that may help you.