16th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition

05-11 Feb 2021

Online English

ICC’s biggest educational event of the year will be hosted online for the 2021 edition. The ICC Mediation Competition gathers 250 students and coaches every year, in addition to 100 professional mediators and mediators trainers from all over the world and a number of volunteers, sponsors and observers.

During the Competition, student teams representing 48 universities endeavour to resolve international business disputes through mediation, guided by professional mediators pursuant to the ICC Mediation Rules. Their performance is evaluated by some of the world’s leading dispute resolution specialists who participate in the Competition as judges.

Running from 5 to 11 February and featuring around 100 mock mediation sessions, the Competition week also includes training programmes and numerous virtual social events.

Download 2021 ICC Mediation Competition Rules here.

Running from 5-11 February, the ICC Mediation Week will feature 48 teams competing in over 100 Mediation sessions, as well as offering various training programmes and the ICC Mediation Roundtable for the latest industry trends.

Venue Online

5-11 February 2021

Registration fees

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

Two students: €250

Three students: €325

Four students: €400

First coach: Free of charge

Second coach: €75

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

* Please note that fees have been revised this year to reflect the virtual format of the Competition.

Working language English

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by Sunday 15 November 2020. 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.

There is one application round for Universities open until early October. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of October.)

Before applying, please make sure that you have read and accept the 2021 ICC Mediation Competition Rules.

Only one team per university can be admitted to participate in the Competition. The team must consist of a minimum of two students and a maximum of four. Each team can be accompanied by one or two coaches—although it is not mandatory to have a coach.

Each university can choose, at its total discretion, which students form the team that will represent it. All selected students must be eligible according to the Rules .

The Competition is open to students of all disciplines – however, only law students can take on the role of Counsel in the sessions. Accordingly, at least one member of each team must be a law student.

Two universities can apply to the Competition together and compete as one joint team. Please note that pursuant to the Rules, students who have already participated in the ICC Mediation Competition are prohibited from competing for a second time.

Selection process

Ten places will be reserved for universities that have not yet participated in the Competition. Universities that have not participated in the last two Competitions (2020 and 2019) will be considered as not having previously participated.

The Organising Committee is guided by the following selection criteria for universities:

  • 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 criteria are insufficient to make a selection between two universities, the Organising Committee will make a choice in its absolute discretion.

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


For the 2021 edition, ICC will accept around 100 trained and experienced professionals from around the world to participate in the Competition. Professionals serve as mediators in the mediation sessions, or as judges that evaluate and score the students’ performance.

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

Selection process

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

  • mediation qualification
  • mediation accreditation
  • experience in (commercial) mediation
  • other relevant dispute resolution experience and professional background
  • availability
  • English language skills
  • cross-cultural experience
  • experience in conducting mediation and ADR trainings


While professionals are not expected to be present for the entirety of the Competition, preference will be given to those with greater availability.

To ensure that the quality of the event remains at a high level, all professionals will be expected to participate in a preparatory training session.


Applications for professionals for the 2021 Competition will open at the end of October. Please keep an eye on our webpage for updates. 


Every year, a group of international volunteers supports the Organising Committee during the Competition. A high level of responsibility is given to Volunteers, who act mainly as “Mediation Session Supervisors” during the competition. 

Applications for volunteers will open shortly. Meanwhile, we invite you to register your interest here. We will notify you when applications go live.


Since its first edition in 2005, the Mediation Competition has been proudly sponsored by numerous firms and chambers. It is a highly-anticipated event, bringing together hundreds of students and professionals. There will be opportunities in the virtual edition of the Competition to enhance the visibility of our sponsors. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please click through this link.

Please familiarise yourself with the 2021 ICC Mediation Competition Rules.

Should you have further questons, please contact:

ICC Mediation Competition team


Look back at our last event

Interested in seeing what our previous event looked like? Browse through the photos from the 15th edition of the ICC Mediation Competition here.

66 University teams
33 Countries
150 Mock mediation sessions