ADC-ICC Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition 2021

On behalf of the Australian Disputes Centre and the International Chamber of Commerce, we extend a warm invitation to your University to compete in the 5th Annual ADC-ICC Asia Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition (APCMC) being held online from 10 – 12 September 2021.

The APCMC attracts student teams from leading Universities across Australia, Asia, the South Pacific, India, the Americas and Africa. We hope that you can join us as a student competitor or as a volunteer mediator or judge.

Designed for Tomorrow’s Business Leaders and Legal Minds

The APCMC offers a challenging and inspiring opportunity that is open to all Law, Business and Social Science students. Through this Asia-Pacific competition, the ADC and ICC seek to empower tomorrow’s business leaders and legal minds, equipping them with skills to better meet the dispute resolution needs of international commerce, in an expanding and increasingly complex marketplace.

The competition facilitates students’ learning and their application of negotiation skills in a commercial mediation setting. Student negotiators seek to resolve moot problems involving international commercial law. They are mediated in the competition by professional mediators, and are adjudicated by a senior panel of ADR practitioners. The APCMC draws significant endorsement and support from leading ADR practitioners, jurists and academics from across the globe, and we thank them for their support.

A Place Reserved for Paris 2022

The Asia-Pacific competition is closely associated with the ICC Mediation Competition, Paris. By competing in the APCMC, Universities have the chance of winning a reserved place to compete in the 17th Annual ICC Mediation Competition in  2022. This is the world’s largest moot exclusively devoted to international commercial mediation.

Most recently were thrilled to see our winner of APCMC 2019, Auckland University, go on to be the overall Paris winner in 2020 and 2021. Our APCMC 2020 winner, the National University of Singapore, was awarded ‘Best Team Work between Counsel and Client’ at Paris 2021. With your support for APCMC 2021, we are keen to replicate these and other outstanding achievements.

The key aims of the APCMC include:

  • Creating a unique opportunity for students to showcase their negotiation skills in a commercial mediation environment.
  • Developing skills in collaborative commercial problem solving, analytical judgment and persuasion.
  • Connecting aspiring students to strong professional networks.

Fairness, transparency, friendliness and fun are the hallmarks of this competition. The students’ learning and professional development is a cornerstone of the competition, while creating an engaging environment for connecting with peers and professionals.


The competition was a tremendous success online in 2020, and in 2021 we are recreating this exciting experience for learning and networking. The competition is being hosted by the Australian Disputes Centre, using Zoom Professional.

Saving on time and travel costs, the online format also opens up a world of connectivity options; creating more compelling reasons for students to be part of APCMC 2021. This includes reprising our highly popular impromptu speech competition, running student webinars on skills and wellness, and offering a range of networking events for students and professionals.

APCMC has an easy online registration process.  The one standard registration fee (AUD$1,100 incl. GST) covers a full team of 4 students, plus 2 coaches. Universities are most welcome to register more than one team.

See what has been happening in previous Competitions:

Watch the full video of the 2021 final here

Watch the full video of the 2020 final here

2019 Asia Pacific Mediation Competition Bio Booklet

Watch the full video of the 2019 final here

Watch the full video of the 2018 final here

Watch a highlights video of the 2018 competition

Rules and Procedure

The Competition follows the well-established ICC International Commercial Mediation, which allow for students to exhibit their negotiation and mediation skills in a realistic mock commercial dispute. The competition problems are developed by professional mediators, and based on real international commercial disputes.

Teams of 2-4 students compete against each other in a series of competition rounds. Competing teams represent two sides of an international commercial dispute, with members assuming the roles of the Client and Counsel. A qualified professional mediates the dispute, and distinguished judges assess how well the teams have advanced their interests.

Full details of Competition procedure and judging criteria are available in the Competition Rules.

Download the APCMC 2021 Rules

Competition Problem Authors

The mediation problems have been written specifically for this Mediation Competition by a team of leading legal and mediation professionals. The problems will be published on the website at the conclusion of the Mediation Competition.


University Teams:  University teams of 2-4 students are invited to apply.  Learn More and Register.

Professional Mediators:  Professional mediators are invited to apply to volunteer as competition judges or mediators. Learn More and Register.

Key Dates

25 Feb 2021Registrations open
4 June 2021Registrations close
24 June 2021Cut-off date for Registration Cancellation
10-11 Sept 2021Preliminary Rounds: Online
12 Sept 2021Final Round: Online

Principal Sponsor 2021

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