The 2022 Competition

Applications for the Competition are now open. Please see below for further information.

As in 2021, the 2022 competition will be partially run online via Zoom and will therefore follow an altered set of rules to accommodate this. First, there will be an online Regional Round run across two days, followed by an in-person National Final. Teams will only compete in one of the two Regional Rounds. The winners of the National Final will be eligible to compete in the International Final.

  • 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.

Saturday 26th February 2022:       Regional Competition (Online)

Saturday 5th March 2022:              Regional Competition (Online)

Saturday 19th March 2022:            Training Day for Finalists (In-person, at CEDR, 100 St. Paul’s Churchyard, London)

Saturday 2nd April 2022:                National Final (In-person, venue TBA)

Summer 2022:                                 International Final (likely to be virtual)

The rules have been adapted to allow the competition to be run on Zoom, they will mostly be the same as previous years with some changes to allow healthy and fair negotiating. Please find the official rules below:

2022 National Student Competition Rules for Students

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.

In the regional rounds, students 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.

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

The competition can be entered via the button below. Entry is £35 + VAT per team. 

The Deadline for entries is the 2nd of February 2022 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.

For any queries contact [email protected]

Improving Negotiation Standards for Law Students

For over ten years, CEDR has been sponsoring and organising the annual National Student Negotiation Competition, in collaboration with the University of Law.

The competition pits pairs of law students from across universities in England, Scotland and Wales against each other to negotiate a series of challenging fictional scenarios.

There are initial regional finals of the competition and then those winners progress to the national finals. The winning team 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.

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