The National Student Negotiation Competition
Improving negotiation standards for law students
For over ten years CEDR has been sponsoring the annual Negotiation Competition, which pits teams of representatives from UK university law schools against one another to find the most effective negotiators. There are initial regional finals of the competition and then those winners then progress to the national finals, the winning team of which travels to an international championship. CEDR offer the winners of the regional finals a one day negotiation skills training course, giving them even more tools to use as they compete in the final.
In 2019, we are delighted to be expanding the competition to include teams from Scotland.
About the National Student Negotiation Competition 2019
The competition, which is organised and sponsored by CEDR in collaboration with the University of Law, pits pairs of Law Students from across England, Scotland and Wales against each other to negotiate a series of challenging fictional scenarios.
The National Winners will receive the competition trophy and a cash prize and will be eligible to go forward to the International Negotiation Competition for Law Students, to be hosted in Tokyo, Japan in July 2019.
The National Competition consists of regional heats in Bristol, Chester, Leeds and London, as well as National Final and Finals dinner, which this year is being hosted by Cardiff University, Wales.
The timetable for the competition is below:
|Monday 21 January 2019||Deadline for entries|
|Saturday 23 February 2019||London regional heat, International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street, London|
|Saturday 02 March 2019||Bristol regional heat, The University of Law, Bristol|
|Chester regional heat, The University of Law, Chester|
|Leeds regional heat, The University of Law, Leeds|
|Saturday 16 March 2019||Training Day for Finalists, 70 Fleet Street, London|
|Saturday 30 March 2019||National Final and Dinner, Cardiff University, Wales|
In the regional heats, teams will each take part in 2 scenarios. 12 teams will progress to the National Final, where teams will participate in 3 new scenarios (including a three-way negotiation).
Teams will be ranked on their performance by professional lawyers, business people and academics, as well as being scored in 8 categories.
These categories are:
- Negotiating Planning
- Relationship between the Negotiating Teams
- Information Gathering
- Negotiation Ethics
For the first time, this year CEDR is providing all entered students with access to webinars in the skills of negotiation. These are designed to give all students, whatever their level of experience, the opportunity to hone their skills in advance of the competition.
CEDR will also be offering a free day’s training session in negotiation for the Finalists of the Competition to allow them to develop advanced skills; and further support will be offered to the winning team to prepare them for the International Competition.
- The competition is open to all students currently studying for an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional qualification in law or an aligned area at an institution in England, Scotland or Wales. Students studying in Northern Ireland are not eligible as separate competitions are run in those countries.
- Teams must be entered on behalf of their institution, and must be endorsed accordingly.
- Students who have previously reached the National Final may not re-enter the competition.
- Students may also not enter the competition on more than two occasions (regardless of outcome).
- Each institution may enter up to 2 teams for the competition, with each team consisting of 2 members.
How to enter the competition
To enter the competition, please follow this link.
Each team entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of £90 (£75 + VAT) per team.
Entries do not need to be made with the names of the team members to apply but we will require the names of individual team members by 1 February 2019.
Please note, the Faculty Representative will be the individual who receives all communication from CEDR.