National Student Negotiation Competition
For over ten years, CEDR has been sponsoring and organising the annual National Student Negotiation Competition for England & Wales, in collaboration with the University of Law.
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:
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 2022 Competition has now ended.
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.
The National Student Negotiation Competition was a fantastic opportunity to develop my negotiation skills, working with not only some of the best student negotiators but also judges from across industries, with valuable experience to pass on. I cannot recommend the competition enough to anybody who wants to test their skills in practice.Charlie Brook , Royal Holloway University of London