RegNet congratulates Team Australia, the national undergraduate team that this year were runners-up in the 2020 Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition (INC) in Tokyo, winning the CIArb award for best arbitration in English. The 2020 lead coaches were Professor Veronica Taylor, Convenor of the Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance, and international arbitration specialist, Dr Nobumichi Teramura.
The INC which has been running for almost two decades, attracts top law schools, from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Mongolia, Singapore and Thailand, and is supported by commercial dispute resolution practitioners and judges. Held annually in Tokyo, the two day invitation-based competition offers students the opportunity to gain experience in international commercial law and gain cross-cultural commercial negotiation skills.
This year due to COVID-19 restrictions the student team and coaches had to prepare and compete entirely online via Zoom. Despite these circumstances, Team Australia achieved success for the fifth year in a row.
“Team Australia – with RegNet’s support – has won or been runner-up in the competition now every year since 2016 – an astonishing run” said Professor Taylor. Team Australia has been supported by the New Colombo Plan Scholarships provided by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and years of mentoring contributions from individual barristers and lawyers and competition alumni with Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields, Gilbert & Tobin and Herbert Smith Freehills.
Since 2005, it has been an initiative of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL), a consortium including ANU College of Law, University of Sydney Law School, Melbourne Law School and QUT Law. Team Australia coaching and logistics have been supported by the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) since 2013.