The UTS Mediation Competition provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation skills in the capacity of legal representative and client.
Mediation is a structured problem-solving process designed to encourage parties to identify issues in dispute, consider options, and work towards an agreement that will meet the needs of all parties. The skills required for mediation are relevant to all aspects of lawyering and especially negotiation and dispute resolution. These skills include active listening, self-awareness, questioning, analysing, empathising, speaking clearly and logically, and creative thinking.
The competition is open to students in the UTS Law Faculty based on teams of two. Each team will participate as legal representative and client in two rounds of mediation. The scoring is based on which team best implements and demonstrates dispute resolution and mediation principles, and interest based negotiating. The two client/representative teams with the best scores will proceed to a final.
The competition aims to:
- Recognise the opportunities for change and progress that can result from conflict and improve the ability of students to manage conflict in a way that leads to a positive outcome.
- Acknowledge the increasing use of mediation by Courts and the legal community, and equip students with the skills necessary to participate in a mediation process.
- Educate students about the importance of process in tandem with constructive dialogue.
- Allows student to develop, refine and practice co-operative problem solving and conflict resolution skills
Is Experience Necessary?
No experience is required. However, please note that at least one member of each team is required to have completed or be currently enrolled in either Dispute Resolution Advocacy (76052) or Dispute Resolution (79771). Any students who competed in 2016 are invited to compete again.
In 2017 the LSS mediation competition will run as follows:
- 27th March – Applications open
- 14th May – Marilyn Scott, senior lecturer at UTS, will open her Dispute Resolution class to any and all interested competitors. In this class she will run through some of the technicalities and skills needed to successfully compete in the Mediation competition.
- 15th May – Applications close
- 25th May – Materials will be released to competitors for preparation
- 27th May – The general rounds will be held at UTS, each team of two will complete one mediation each. The two teams with the highest scores will then proceed to the Grand Final
- 6th June (TBC) – The Grand Final will be held at a location to be confirmed.
Competition Handbook, Rules and Score Sheet
To view the Mediation Competition Handbook, click here.
If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please provide your email address here.
For more information, please contact the 2017 UTS LSS Competitions Directors:
- The Negotiation Director, Peter Tryfonopoulos, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Vice President (Competitions), Emily Paterson, at email@example.com.