APCMC 2021 – as it happened!

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ADC-ICC Asia Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition 2021 – Winning Team Announced

The Grand-final for 2021 is complete!

Announcing the Winning team for 2021:

  • West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Team 822)

Congratulations to the team from The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata (Kaira PinheiroAyushi ThakurSaiesh K. and Deeksha Viswanathan, with coaches Jawad A J and Aastha Malhotra) for winning the 5th annual APCMC!

In a stunning Grand Final, our congratulations also to the runners up, The University of Auckland team (Joshua OliverKaran Kalsi, Nick StewartSpencer Barley, with coaches Keeha Oh and Matthew Jackson. In a riveting negotiation both teams excelled in the Grand Final mediation session.

Special thanks to our prestigious international judging panel, Bianca Keys, Greg Laughton SC, Helen Shurven, Fahmi Shahab Sameer Shah, and mediator Anne Sutherland.

As winners of APCMC 2021, The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata team were awarded the Henry Jolson Memorial Prize from the Victorian Bar, preferential entry into the 17th Annual ICC Mediation Competition in Paris 2022 from the International Chamber of Commerce and, together with the team from The University of Auckland University, internships with the Australian Disputes Centre.

We will have photos and commentary to share over the coming days, but for now, our warm congratulations to finalists and to all teams and volunteers who have made the APCMC 2021 such a memorable event.

Semi-Finals Focus

Congratulations again to all four teams who reached the Semi-Final Round and excelled in their mediation sessions. Your achievement was a credit to your hard work and your commitment to honing some seriously world-class ADR skills. You all gave very impressive performances as Counsel and Clients.

  • The University of Auckland (Team 801)
  • National University of Singapore (Team 827)
  • UNSW (Team 817) 
  • West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Team 822)

We also extend our congratulations to your dedicated and talented coaches who have helped guide you in the lead-up to the competition and throughout the Preliminary Rounds to reach the semi-finals. Thank you coaches for your support of the APCMC.

Thank you also to the Semi-Final’s Mediators -Jawad Sarwana and Nina Harding, Judges – Jamie Nuich, Reema Bhandari, Nina Kouri, Ridi Rubaiyat, Rajesh Sharma and Kerrie-Anne Luscombe, and Session Supervisors – Christelle Santos and Cheryl Au. The competition can’t happen without you; our highly-skilled volunteer cadre of international ADR professionals. Congratulations on guiding these semi-final rounds with such skill, and for presenting the student competitors with a wonderful learning opportunity with your insightful feedback and encouragement.

 

APCMC Semi Finalist Teams Announced

Congratulations and well done to you all for your tremendous efforts in the APCMC 2021 and over the course of the preliminary rounds.

We are thrilled to announce our semi-finalists

  • The University of Auckland (Team 801)
  • National University of Singapore (Team 827)
  • UNSW (Team 817) 
  • West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Team 822)

Semi-Finals will be held 12 Sept 11:30am AEST. The Grand Final will be on 12 Sept at 5pm AEST.

The competition isn’t over yet! The impromptu speech will be held tomorrow at 3pm AEST. Speaking order for the speech will be announced HERE

APCMC Official Opening a Massive Success!

To launch the ADC-ICC Asia Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition on Friday 10 September 2021, over 100 students, volunteers and dignitaries gathered online for the ‘Official Opening’.

ADC’s CEO Deborah Lockhart was joined by Bryan Clarke, CEO of the International Chamber of Commerce, Australia in welcoming all APCMC participants, volunteers and special guests.

Representing over 15 countries, our international attendees were honoured to receive a warm Welcome to Country from Auntie Bronwyn Penrith onto the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation (Sydney). Auntie Bronwyn is a Mediator, Trainer and Change Management Consultant. She is a tireless advocate for her community, currently chairing and participating in multiple organisations and national committees with a focus on women and family issues.

The APCMC 2021 was honoured to have so many senior member of the diplomatic corp to Australia join us for the Official Opening and take the time to engage with students and ADR professionals in the online networking opportunity as part of proceedings.

We extend a special thanks to His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner for Singapore for his introductory remarks. We weren’t forewarned, but 10 September is the day that Australia signed the Singapore Mediation Convention. The synchronicity of His Excellency’s remarks on the importance of trading entities having confidence in the enforceability of their cross border mediation agreements, and Australia’s simultaneous commitment to the Convention, is a moment in time that the APCMC will value as a key point in advancing its objectives in the Asia-Pacific for timely, cost efficient, private and enforceable mediation agreements that will benefit international trading entities.

We also acknowledge and thank His Excellency Mr Eduardo Patricio PEÑA HALLER, Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Mr Anderson N MADUBIKE, High Commissioner for Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr Miguel Julian PALOMINO DE LA GALA, Ambassador of Peru and Her Excellency Ambassador of the Philippines, Mrs Ma. Hellen BARBER DE LA VEGA, together with senior diplomatic representatives from Japan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Thailand, for their support of APCMC 2021.

Let the competition begin!

 

APCMC is off and running!

For cultural and timezone reasons we started early! So exciting to see the first 2 sessions of APCMC2021 getting started this evening (AEST).  From Annebelle Davis and Lisa Frisken, two of this evening’s judges:

“Good evening Deborah

Congratulations on a fantastic start to APCMC 2021.  Just judged the first round and wanted to say how impressive the teams were. They set a really high standard tonight. Its already shaping up as an awesome event. Go teams!

Best,

Annebelle

 

“First mediation tonight. Wonderful students. As mediator I congratulate them all on their wonderful display of knowledge and skills used to work towards creating an initial mediational atmosphere at the outset. What a privilege. Thankyou #DeborahLockhart for such wonderful experience for us all.😊

Lisa

Sneak peek into two APCMC lead-up events

It’s a picture of engagement: the professional volunteers immersed in their briefing session (above), and the students work-shopping Zoom accoutrement (below)!

Upcoming Events

  • Australia-Latin America Business Forum
    • December 14, 2021
      6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Online Mediation Training – December 2021
    • Days 1 - 3
      December 15, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      December 20, 2021 - December 21, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    We are thrilled to bring you ADC's Mediation Training & Accreditation Choose the ADC difference; up-skill now to accelerate your career in 2021! How do…

  • Online - Conflict Resolution & ADR
    • Conflict Resolution & ADR Training
      December 15, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Have you ever thought ‘I could have managed that conflict situation better’? Or even better still, avoided it before it began! Conflict can occur in any contractual and personal…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Online
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      December 20, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      December 21, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

  • Online Mediation Accreditation Day
    • December 22, 2021
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Essential Accreditation/s for today’s Mediators  ADC’s ‘Online Mediation Accreditation’ Industry Approved Pathway to Australian National Mediation Accreditation (NMAS) Internationally Approved by the Chartered Institute of…

  • Online - Conflict Resolution & ADR
    • Conflict Resolution & ADR Training
      January 12, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Have you ever thought ‘I could have managed that conflict situation better’? Or even better still, avoided it before it began! Conflict can occur in any contractual and personal…

  • Online Mediation Training – January 2022
    • Days 1 - 3
      January 12, 2022 - January 14, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      January 17, 2022 - January 18, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    We are thrilled to bring you ADC's Mediation Training & Accreditation Choose the ADC difference; up-skill now to accelerate your career in 2021! How do…

  • Mediation Refresher Training - Online
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 17, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • One day Mediation Refresher Training
      January 18, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    This one day programme is intended for candidates preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation, mediators seeking to complete their CPD requirements and those seeking an opportunity…

  • Online Mediation Accreditation Day
    • January 19, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Essential Accreditation/s for today’s Mediators  ADC’s ‘Online Mediation Accreditation’ Industry Approved Pathway to Australian National Mediation Accreditation (NMAS) Internationally Approved by the Chartered Institute of…

  • Online Mediation Training – February 2022
    • Days 1 - 3
      February 9, 2022 - February 11, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • Days 4 - 5
      February 14, 2022 - February 15, 2022
      9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    We are thrilled to bring you ADC's Mediation Training & Accreditation Choose the ADC difference; up-skill now to accelerate your career in 2022! How do…

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