2017 Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition

Project leader(s)

Applications are now open for students at Australian universities to join Team Australia to contest the Intercollegiate Negotiation (and Arbitration) Competition in Tokyo in 2017. Team Australia is an activity supported by the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJEL) since 2005.

The Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition uses an international commercial transaction problem that is adjudicated through:

(a) an arbitration moot using the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, and

(b) a mock negotiation regarding a cross-border joint venture. Both parts of the competition are based on written submissions and an oral argument: .

Team members gain experience in international commercial law and cross-cultural negotiation skills. Experience in negotiation or mooting (especially in contract) is advantageous, but not essential. Moot teams (including Team Australia) compete in either the English or the Japanese language divisions of the competition, or both. Team Australia is made up of 1-3 sub-teams of 4-5 students who are currently enrolled at an Australian university. We placed 3rd in the competition in 2014 and won both the competition and the prize for best negotiation in 2016.


Undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students in law or other disciplines at any Australian university. The competition favours mid-degree or final-year LLB or JD students or LLM students. Students who have previously been part of Team Australia are eligible to reapply in 2017.


Applications will be assessed by interview, with reference to (a) academic record; (b) evidence of mooting or negotiation competition experience; (c) evidence of teamwork skills; and ( (d) demonstrated language proficiency in Japanese (for the Japanese language sub-team). Regardless of the number of students selected, Team Australia competes as a single institution in this competition, i.e. the sub-teams are made up of members from different universities and the teams collaborate and support each other as Team Australia.

Japanese language/Japanese law knowledge

No Japanese language is required to for the English-language division. A high degree of proficiency in Japanese is required for Japanese language division. Students with developing levels of Japanese are encouraged to apply for the English language division team in the first instance.

Key dates

Problem announced: September-October 2017
Written memoranda: October-November 2017 Oral arguments: Sat 18 and Sun 19 November 2017 in Tokyo
(travel to Tokyo around 15 November, for final preparations)

In 2017, teamwork for this competition, including written submissions and the oral argument in Tokyo, takes place during the exam period for most universities in Australia.

NB: There is no guarantee that your institution will consent to changing the date of a year-end exam to accommodate this competition, although we will apply to do so on your behalf. So we encourage applications from students with reduced loads or no final year exams pending; students on exchange or Study Abroad programs where the host institution exam periods do not clash with the competition dates and Masters or doctoral students.

Time commitment

Accepting an offer to join Team Australia means promising to give priority to this commitment over other engagements such as internships and summer jobs. You will need to make time for: * At least one team meeting in a nominated city (usually Canberra) during the drafting of submissions; * Intensive time commitment during drafting periods; * At least weekly or bi-weekly oral practice sessions from mid-October through November (with adjustments for assessment requirements at team members’ home universities) * Team coordination via email and Skype

Costs and Funding support

Students selected to join Team Australia will, in most cases, be eligible for the Australian Government New Colombo Plan scholarships for this project. An NCP stipend of $3000 per person is available, which is ample to cover return economy airfares to Tokyo; accommodation, meals, and ground transport.

Coursework credit

To be eligible for NCP funding, students must be enrolled in a course for credit for which the INC competition is an appropriate academic enhancement. NB: At ANU those courses would include LAWS 2266 International Arbitration and Negotiation Moot in Japan or an advanced Japanese language course. At USydney this would include LAWS 3489 or 5360 International Moot, LAWS 5189 Independent Research Project or various other advanced elective courses.

Students at other universities may be able to undertake equivalent courses or supervised research. Please consult with your instructors. We will liaise with the relevant academic and professional staff at your university to help you set up or confirm those arrangements. Please flag this when you make your application.


The Lead Coach in 2017 is Professor Veronica Taylor (School of Regulation and Global Governance, ANU | Veronica.Taylor@anu.edu.au) She will work with a number of Team Australia alumni and legal practitioners in Australia and Japan to help you prepare for the competition. The academic advisor for U Sydney students is Prof Luke Nottage (ANJeL Co-director).

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on 1 May, 2017.

Please send: * a one-page cover letter outlining briefly why you are interested in the competition, any past experience in negotiation or mooting competitions, and your level of exposure to, or interest in, Japan; * your CV; * a copy of your academic transcript and any further evidence of Japanese language proficiency.

Contact for applications: Project Officer, Jessica Ford T: 02 6125 0915

Contact for questions, which are welcome: Professor Veronica Taylor M: 0431 665 374


Ms Jessica Ford

Jessica Ford is a Research Officer for Professor Veronica Taylor. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the ANU, and has over seven years’ experience working...


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