CDRC Vienna News

Cezary Rogula’s Tips For Participating Students

published May 21, 2017

This article is actually in continuation of an interview the Young Global Ambassadors Programme conducted (see here). Cezary is an Accredited Mediator and an Attorney at Law (Adwokat), Krakow, Poland. Cezary also happened to be part of the 2016 Edition of the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna. So, here’s his list of “Please don’t be afraid…” (hints that he frequently gives to participating students)!


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The IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna: A Win-Win Experience – Pedro Gomes

published May 7, 2017

July is coming. What does it mean? It means that the greatest experience of your life is only a few months away from now. The Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition (CDRC) Vienna, organised by the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC) will provide you with a new professional perspective. And the city in which the event is hosted will give you a new meaning of life. read more »

“How the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna Changed Our Lives”

published April 28, 2017

Article by Georgi Todorov Elenkov (Bulgaria) and Jasmin Rosita Zareie (Austria) 

The Young Global Ambassador Program of IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna recently surveyed former participants in the competition from Kenya, Austria, Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, the UK, the USA, Brazil, India, Singapore, Turkey and Lebanon about their experience. The lessons learned and the advice they could render to future negotiation and mediation teams are summarised in this article. Two Young Global Ambassadors of the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna – Jasmin Rosita Zareie from Austria and Georgi Todorov Elenkov from Bulgaria – share their perspectives over the answers that YGAP received.

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Talking About Mediation with the Young Global Ambassadors – Dr Rosemary Howell

published April 23, 2017

Young Global Ambassadors Programme


Interviewee: Dr Rosemary Howell, Strategic Action Pty Ltd | Professorial Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales | Member of International Advisory Board of IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna

 Interviewer: Ivo Bari, Young Global Ambassador (Brazil)

YGAP:  Tell us a little about yourself.

RH:      I am fortunate to have a most interesting life as a ‘pracademic’. I have a professorial role at the university where I teach Dispute Resolution and Negotiation at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I also have a busy practice as a mediator, facilitator, coach and trainer. In my private life, I am an artist and I am fortunate enough to have my own studio where I work on the weekends.

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Talking About Mediation with the Young Global Ambassadors – Cezary Rogula

published April 23, 2017

Young Global Ambassadors Programme


Interviewee: Cezary Rogula, Accredited Mediator and Attorney at law (Adwokat), Krakow, Poland

 Interviewer: Ziga Perovic, Young Global Ambassador (Slovenia)

The 2016 CDRC Vienna once again proved that bringing students and professionals from all over the world together provides an advantage for everyone involved. In this regard, Young Global Ambassador Programme (“YGAP”) is trying to bring international mediation experts even closer to past and future participants at CDRC.

In this edition, Cezary Rogula, accredited mediator and attorney at law (adwokat), practicing law and doing mediation at his office in Krakow, Poland shares with us some of his views and experiences. Cezary held many roles at various competitions, from assistant to the coach and observer to volunteer, mediation session supervisor and professional. As a PhD candidate and practicing lawyer, he gives a unique view of the competition and encourages everyone to take part.

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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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