For over ten years, CEDR in collaboration with the University of Law, has organised and sponsored the National Student Negotiation Competition which pits teams of law students from UK university law schools against one another to find the most effective negotiators. The winners of the competition will then go on to represent England and Wales at the International Negotiation Competition

There are three regional heats of the competition, the winners of those heats then progress to the national finals, and 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.

About the National Student Negotiation Competition 2023

The National Student Negotiation Competition 2023 consists of regional heats in Leeds, London and a virtual one. We will try to allocate teams to one of the regional heats depending on their preference however we cannot guarantee your choice of regional heat. Early applicants are likely to receive their first choice of location.

This year the national final is being hosted by the University of Exeter (the winners of the National Student Negotiation Competition 2022).

The National Competition winners will receive the competition trophy and will be eligible to go forward to the International Negotiation Competition for Law Students, 4 - 9 July, location to be confirmed. To learn more about the International Negotiation Competition, please visit their website here. Please note that travel, accommodation and the entry fee has to be covered by their university.

Monday 23 January 2023:               Deadline for entries
(deadline extended to the 27th January 2023)

Thursday 2 February 2023:             Negotiation Webinar, virtually via Zoom

Saturday 18 February 2023:            London Regional Heat, at The University of Law, Moorgate

Saturday 18 February 2023:            Leeds Regional Heat, at The University of Law, Leeds

Saturday 25 February 2023:           Online Regional Heat, virtually via Zoom

Saturday 11 March 2023:                  Training day for finalists, at CEDR's offices, 100 St. Paul's Churchyard, London

Saturday 25 March 2023:                  National Final and dinner, The University of Exeter, Exeter

Download the National Student Negotiation Competition Rules 2023 here.

In the regional heats, teams will compete in two scenarios, both of which are between two parties.  One of the scenarios will have an active legal claim or dispute between the parties, and the other scenario will not. Twelve teams will progress to the National Final.

In the final, teams will participate in three new scenarios. One of the scenarios will be a group scenario between three or four teams and the other two scenarios will be two-way negotiations.  At least one of the scenarios in the final will have an international context.

As in previous years, the students will be judged on their participation in fictional negotiation scenarios.  Scoring is done on a ranking basis, with additional categorised scoring criteria. This is to ensure fairness.

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
  • Teamwork
  • Relationship between the Negotiating Teams
  • Information Gathering
  • Bargaining
  • Outcome
  • Negotiation Ethics
  • Self-Analysis

CEDR is providing all entered students with a webinar on the skills of negotiation. This is 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; 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 and Wales. Students studying in Northern Ireland and Scotland are not eligible, as separate competitions are run in those countries.
  • The competition is open to teams of two law students.
  • 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 two teams for the competition, with each team consisting of two members.

How to Enter the Competition

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 but we will require the names of individual team members by the 1st of February 2023.

Please note: the Faculty Representative will be the individual who receives all communication from CEDR.

The Deadline for entries is on the 27th of January 2023 but early application is encouraged as we do have a maximum number of teams and reserve the right to fill the competition and then operate a reserve list.

If you have any questions or queries, please let us know at

Applications to the National Student Negotiation Competition 2023 are now closed. 

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