By Jillian Schwartz
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law and the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution will co-sponsor the International Law School Mediation Competition at Loyola’s Corboy Law center beginning on March 5, 2014.
The tournament will present the approximately 60 student teams with hypothetical international legal problems that they must resolve.
For a full description of the event, here is the release from Loyola
CHICAGO, February 27, 2014 — Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law and the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) will co-sponsor the 13th Annual International Law School Mediation Competition at Loyola’s Philip H. Corboy Law Center beginning March 5, 2014.
More than 500 students, mediators, professors, and attorneys from around the world will participate in the four-day international mediation skills tournament, which presents students with hypothetical international legal problems to resolve that range from child abduction to international border and fishing issues. Approximately 60 student teams from countries including Australia, Kenya, Nigeria, Brazil, India, China, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany, will have the opportunity to practice their skills both as mediators and as advocates in a cross-cultural setting.
“The wonderful thing about this competition is seeing the world’s future lawyers learning to view conflict in terms of problem solving,” said Teresa Frisbie, director of Loyola’s Dispute Resolution Program. “As part of the competition, students learn to communicate productively with decision makers from other cultures, and to generate options for creative solutions that can offer both parties a satisfying outcome beyond what a court or other tribunal might impose.”
The popularity of mediation, a voluntary, non-binding process where a neutral mediator facilitates a negotiation between disputing parties, is growing internationally because it offers an alternative to the delays, expense, corruption, and damage to business and family relationships that may be involved in court proceedings.
“With the growth of mediation, the lawyer’s role must expand,” said Dick Calkins, founding member of INADR and former dean of Drake Law School. “This competition gives law students the opportunity to develop a new set of skills, such as building trust, seeking common ground, and searching not only for a resolution to the dispute, but peace and even healing.”
The tournament is also unique in that it includes two days of training by internationally respected mediators. For more information on the competition, go to inadrloyola.weebly.com.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Program
Loyola’s Dispute Resolution Program, part of the nationally recognized Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy, gives law students specialized training to resolve conflict using negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and related processes. A faculty of more than thirty full-time and adjunct professors, made up of well-known scholars, mediators, arbitrators and attorneys, teach a wide variety of courses in dispute resolution, ranging from international commercial arbitration to collaborative family law. Students also participate in national and international dispute resolution competitions and externships, represent clients in mediations at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and serve as mediators in state court.
The InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution was founded to further awareness of mediation as a means of establishing peaceful resolution. Its mission is to encourage society to resolve differences and disputes in a more sensitive and compassionate manner; and to promote peace and civility in human behavior. The focus of the Academy has been in education at the undergraduate, graduate, law school, and professional levels. The Academy is made up of lawyers, judges, professors, and other professionals, all having an abiding conviction that mediation is the better way. For more information on INADR, go to inadr.org or e-mail IADRexec@gmail.com.