Four students from UNSW recently won the International Commercial Mediation Competition, hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Students Jack Rathie, Nadhirah Daud, Brittany Young and Nanak Narulla worked their way through six days of competition and almost 150 mediation sessions, ultimately triumphing over 65 other teams from 32 countries to claim first place.
Coached by Dr Rosemary Howell, a visiting professorial fellow and chairman of strategic action at UNSW, they trained for six months for the competition.
The team had to win four preliminary rounds of mock international disputes to reach the finals. The disputes are based on real events with legal, commercial and ethical complications, according to a statement from UNSW.
Dr Howell said the audience gave them a standing ovation when they beat Saint Joseph University of Beirut in the final.
The final dispute involved an organic coffee grower whose plantation was at the base of a volcano and a technology company with an innovative solution to reduce the ash clouds it emitted.
Mr Narulla said it was a pleasure to compete against such a strong team in the final.
“We feel absolutely chuffed, particularly because of the team we got to mediate with in the final, Saint Joseph University of Beirut,” he said.
“They are very accomplished, and the session was so enjoyable that it is a real honour to have been awarded first prize.”
The competition is an opportunity to learn from other students and meet some of the world’s best mediators, who act as judges.
UNSW Law dean Professor George Williams AO congratulated the team on their success.
“Team coach Rosemary Howell’s skill and commitment have again underpinned UNSW Law’s success in the competition,” he said.
“UNSW Law remains a leader in dispute resolution.”
UNSW also won the competition in 2016, and has made the finals three times in 12 years of competition.
Pictured L-R: Jack Rathie, Nadhirah Daud, team coach Dr Rosemary Howell, Brittany Young and Nanak Narulla.
Photo credit: ICC