CDRC Vienna News

Talking About Mediation with the Young Global Ambassadors – Jawad Sarwana

published December 22, 2016

Talking About Mediation with YGAP 


YGAP interviewee: Jawad Sarwana, Co-Chair, IBA Mediation Committee

Stephanie Rohmann, Young Global Ambassador (Austria)

The 2016 CDRC Vienna was built on the idea of changing the future of dispute resolution by creating an international competition which fosters the decisive skills needed for a successful mediation session. 30 teams from Universities around the globe compete against each other to achieve a mutually agreed upon solution in an inspiring mediation session.

Part of this unique competition is the Young Global Ambassador Programme (“YGAP”), where the ambassadors are trying to close the gap between international mediation experts and institutions. Making the world more aware of mediation and negotiation as one of the most effective and sustainable dispute resolution method is one of the main tasks to be achieved. In order to give an insight into expert’s mediation experience, a series of interviews with CDRC’s expert assessors was initiated.

In this edition, Jawad Sarwana, name partner at Abraham & Sarwana, and a highly distinguished assessor of CDRC’s 2015 and 2016 editions enlightens us with some of insights, experiences, and views on the beauty of mediation. Jawad is furthermore not only an advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan but also Chair of the IBA Mediation Committee (2016, 2017). read more »

Young Global Ambassadors from the Year 2016

published October 11, 2016

Jenny Marie Driver

jmd_profileJust completed her law degree from SOAS, University of London in the UK. Her legal studies led her to compete in CDRC Vienna 2016, which founded her interest and passion for mediation. Jenny also participated as a volunteer in the ICC mediation competition earlier this year. Previously to studying law, Jenny earned a BA in French and Linguistics. She has interned in law firms in the UK and in Luxembourg as well as undertaking a legal translation and interpretation position for a year in a Paris consulting firm. Aside from French and English, Jenny also speaks Spanish and is learning German. Jenny has enjoyed taking part in the Young Global Ambassador Programme and as such was looking forward to continuing her
CDRC experience in the third edition of the competition.

Tanima Tandon

11255317_10153377404327845_8713511699595218355_nTanima Tandon graduated from National Law University, Delhi with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) and the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal in 2015. She is a certified civil and commercial mediator with the ADR Group, London. Her exposure to ADR varies from organising trainings and observing court-annexed mediations to judging and competing in several tournaments including the FDI international Arbitration Moot, INADR Dublin, INADR Chicago and the Med-Arb Moot in Hong Kong. read more »

Young Global Ambassadors from the Year 2015

published October 11, 2016

Omar Karam

omarCurrently completing a Masters in Law and Economics at HEC Lausanne, Omar is a law graduate and a member of the Young Global Ambassador Program (YGAP). He participated in last year’s first edition of CDRC as a negotiator on Saint Joseph University’s team. Through his masters, Omar aims to grow his knowledge and specialize in corporate and business law by gaining an insight in the financial, economic and management aspect of corporations. He truly believes in the alternative dispute resolution process, as it is a cost and time effective, sustainable solution for business clients. He is a member of the YGAP because he wants to help promote commercial mediation in his home country, Lebanon.

Ivo Bari

ivo-bariIvo Bari is a Young Global Ambassador of The IBA-VIAC Mediation and Negotiation Competition. He secured the 3rd Position in the ICC Mediation Competition (2012) and the 3rd Best Negotiator Team in The IBA-VIAC Mediation and Negotiation Competition (2015). Ivo has also been the Assistant Coach to the FGV São Paulo team attending the ICC Mediation Competition (2014). Ivo is currently an Attorney, specialising in the fields of M&A, Corporate Law and Corporate Litigation. He is based out of São Paulo. read more »

Talking About Mediation with the Young Global Ambassadors – Marcus Lim

published September 15, 2016

Interview with Marcus Lim, Executive Director of Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

Ece Alper – Young Global Ambassador (Turkey)

YGAP Interview

Marcus Lim and Ece Alper

Success, progress, and enthusiasm these are three words which perfectly describe CDRC Vienna. The 2016 CDRC Vienna amazed us as it hosted 30 University teams, more than 90 experts and coaches all around the world.

           From 28 June to 2 July 2016, 30 teams competed against each other by discussing real world commercial-legal problems. The aim was to brainstorm in open minded-manner and to find the best solution for both parties. The competition focused on improving participants negotiation and mediation skills not only by sessions during the competition but also by mediation and negotiation workshops led by mediation pioneers and practitioners. read more »

Talking About Mediation with the Young Global Ambassadors – Michael Mcllwrath

published August 9, 2016

Interview with Michael Mcilwrath, Global Chief Litigation Counsel, GE Oil & Gas

Ivo Bari – Young Global Ambassador (Brazil)

Michael Mcllwrath and Ivo Bari

Michael Mcllwrath and Ivo Bari

                Extraordinary. No other word could describe more appropriately the quality, capacity,   knowledge, effort and results of the 2016 edition of CDRC Vienna.

                The progress and the development the competition has gone through since its inaugural 2015 edition is clearly noticeable. The number of participating universities has nearly doubled, the expert assessors are back with their usual professionalism and the collaborators and staff are dedicated to making things happen all through the course of this mediation-centered week.

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Review of the 2nd IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna Mediation and Negotiation Competition

published July 27, 2016

One year ago, the International Bar Association (IBA), the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), and the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) launched the first edition of the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition (CDRC) Vienna. The inaugural success and the enthusiastic feedback and support for the competition’s new concept quickly caught international attention and led to a second edition in 2016. From 28 June to 2 July 2016 Vienna witnessed, for the second time, the next generation of dispute resolution practitioners paving the way towards consensual methods of settling the business disputes of the future. read more »

Negotiation Techniques that helped us win the 1st Prize at CDRC 2016

published July 14, 2016

by Georgi Elenkov


The concept behind this article is to briefly present the first four elements (chapters) of a system of negotiation and mediation techniques, strategies, practical approaches, which worked well for the Bulgarian team at the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna (28.VI-02.VII.2016) and fully crystallized after “collisions” with negotiation cultures of teams from all around the globe happened, and after advice from dozens of ADR experts and practitioners was received. read more »

My way to mediation and great experience at CDRC Vienna – Ece Alper

published June 22, 2016

Why mediation? Because mediation offers an alternative way to dispute resolution and gives parties the chance to explain their needs and wants read more »

IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna Will Change Your Life. Be Prepared For It! – Ivo Bari

published June 3, 2016

A Message from Brazilian IBA-VIAC CDRC Pioneer Ivo to the next year

The IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna is a brave and bold newcomer to the top tier of mediation and negotiation competitions worldwide. Constructing a parallel to the ever-so solid, technical, social and professional groundwork set-in by the ICC Paris Competition, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) join forces to bring to law and business students the ultimate moot experience on the science of mediation and negotiation.  read more »

How To Negotiate Your Way To The Finals – Omar Karam

published May 31, 2016


I had the privilege of participating in the first edition of CDRC Vienna as a negotiator from Saint Joseph University, Beirut. CDRC was one of the most intense and fascinating experiences I have ever had. Every aspect of the competition was enriching and valuable.

The purpose of this article is to provide future participants with an insight and give some advice to everyone who will be participating in the coming years. As one of the negotiators of the finals I would like to share with you  what I have learned   read more »