20th ICC Mediation Competition

05-10 Feb 2024

Paris English

The ICC Mediation Competition is one of the biggest educational competitions worldwide dedicated exclusively to international commercial mediation. 

ICC’s largest educational event of the year, ICC Mediation Week (#ICCMW), will be hosted in Paris. The ICC Mediation Competition gathers 350+ students and coaches, as well as 150+ professional mediators, academics from across the world and numerous volunteers, sponsors and observers.

During the ICC Mediation Competition, students representing 48 University teams will compete to resolve international business disputes through mediation guided by professional mediators under the ICC Mediation Rules. Their performance is evaluated by some of the world’s leading dispute resolution specialists who participate as judges.

The 2025 20th ICC Mediation Competition Rules will be posted here shortly.

Programme for ICC Mediation Week 2024

Monday 3 February 2025

Preliminary Rounds

Welcome Reception
Tuesday 4 February 2025 Preliminary Rounds
Wednesday 5 February 2025 Preliminary Rounds
Thursday 6 February 2025 Quarter Final Rounds
Friday 7 February 2025

12th ICC Mediation Roundtable

Mediation – Professional Stories

Semi-Final Rounds
Saturday 8 February 2025

Final Round

Awards Ceremony

*The programme is subject to change by the Organising Committee.


3-8 February 2025

Registration fees
The registration fee per team is calculated according to the number of team members.

  • Two students: €355 (excl. VAT)
  • Three students: €465 (excl. VAT)
  • Four students: €565 (excl. VAT)
  • First coach: Included in initial registration fee
  • Second coach: €100 (excl. VAT)

*VAT is applicable to all registration fees

The registration fee must be paid in full prior to the ICC Mediation Competition. Teams that do not complete the payment process within the given timeline will not be admitted. Only selected universities will be asked to pay the registration fee.

There are no scholarship or registration waivers available for this programme.

If you have any questions, please contact us at iccmediationcompetition@iccwbo.org.

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Cancellation policy
50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by Sunday 8 December 2024. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 5€ + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.

Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the professionals. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


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  • August 26, 2024 – Applications Open for University Teams, Professionals and Volunteers 
  • October 4, 2024 – Application Submissions Deadline for University Teams, Professionals and Volunteers 
  • November 4, 2024 – Announcement of Application Decisions 
  • November 12, 2024 – Applications Open for Observers  
  • November 14, 2024 – Visa Request Letter Deadline for University Teams, Professionals and Volunteers 
  • November 14, 2024 – Professional Information Deadline: Bio’s Contact info, Conflicts, Schedule Availability 
  • November 22, 2024 – Registration Fee Payment Deadline for University Teams  
  • December 9, 2024 – Visa Proof Deadline – All University Teams, Professionals and Volunteers who need Visa’s to attend the Competition must submit documentation of their Visa or date they will receive their Visa  
  • January 10, 2025 – Applications Close for Observers 
  • February 10, 2025 – Scoring and Participation Certificates available to University Teams 
  • February 17, 2025 – Participation Certificates available to Professionals and Volunteers 
  • February 28, 2025 – Deadline for Competition Evaluations 
  • January (Dates TBA) – Professional Training opportunities (Professionals must attend at least one training session in order to participate in the Competition) 
  • January (Dates TBA) – Volunteer Training opportunities (Volunteers must attend at least one training session in order to participate in the Competition) 
  • January (Dates TBA) – Observer Welcome Call 

* General and confidential Problem information will be released to University Teams once we have received their registration fee and additional registration information.  

Applications will open online on August 26, 2024 and will close on 4 October 2024.

Make your application stand out from the rest! We receive a high number of team applications and can only offer 48 spaces in total. We strongly encourage exciting and interesting applications with a personalised approach including your motivation for applying. Any past applications will not be taken into consideration.

Ten places will be reserved for newcomer universities to the ICC Mediation Competition. Should those places not be filled, the remaining places will be offered to returning universities.

The Organising Committee selects universities based on the following criteria (in no specific order):

  • Preference is given to universities who have an alternative dispute resolution curriculum (special focus on mediation is an advantage)
  • Performance in previous ICC Mediation Competitions (if applicable)
  • Representation of cultural and regional diversity among the selected universities

In the event that the above is not sufficient to make a selection between universities, the Organising Committee will make a decision at its absolute discretion.

By submitting an application to participate in the ICC Mediation Competition, you will need to indicate to the Organising Committee that you have read and understood the 2025 20th ICC Mediation Competition Rules.

Applications will open online on August 26, 2024 and will close on 4 October 2024.  

Selection process

Basic requirements for participation as a Professional include formal and thorough mediation training, practice in mediating commercial disputes.

The Organising Committee selects professionals based on the following criteria (in no specific order):

  • Mediation qualification
  • Mediation accreditation
  • Experience in (commercial) mediation
  • Other relevant dispute resolution experience and professional background
  • Experience in conducting mediation and ADR trainings
  • Availability
  • English language skills
  • Cross-cultural experience


While professionals are not expected to be present for the entirety of the Competition, preference will be given to those with greater availability. To guarantee that the quality of the event remains at a high level, all professionals will be expected to participate in a preparatory training session.

At the 20th ICC Mediation Competition in 2025, we are expecting to welcome over 300 participants comprised of 48 Teams, 100+ Professionals, and observers from around the world. 

With so many moving parts, volunteers are an essential piece that help ensure the Competition runs as smoothly as possible.
Every year international volunteers support the ICC Organising Committee throughout ICC Mediation Week with a variety of tasks including a high level of responsibility for those who act as “Mediation Session Supervisors” during the sessions.

Application process  

Applications will open online on August 26, 2024 and will close on 4 October 2024.

After the deadline, the ICC Organising Committee will review the applications, and inform those whose applications have been selected. 

Please note that you are NOT eligible to apply as a Volunteer if you are currently enrolled as a student in one of the universities selected (list to be shared in November) to participate in the Competition and/or if you participate in the preparation of one of the competing universities. 

Following the Competition, we would be delighted to issue you a certificate of participation. 

We appreciate your interest in assisting us with the Competition as we work to make it a great success for all involved.  We look forward to working with you in February 2025.

Since its first edition in 2005, the ICC Mediation Competition has been proudly sponsored by numerous firms and institutions. It is a highly anticipated event, bringing together hundreds of students and professionals. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please click on the following link. iccmediationcompetition@iccwbo.org.

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48 teams from 39 countries
120+ professionals
100+ Sessions
40+ volunteers