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Hamline team reaches final four in commercial mediation competition in Paris


Photo: The team of Chelsea Griffin and John Tribbett reached the semifinals at a prestigious International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris in early February. 



The Hamline University School of Law team of 3rd year students Chelsea Griffin and John Tribbett reached the semifinals this week in this prestigious International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, an annual moot mediation representation competition organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Alternative Dispute Resolution Secretariat.  This one-of-a-kind, invitation-only event included 58 teams from universities from around the world.  Hamline Law lost in the semifinals to a French team, Panthéon-Assas.  The Hamline team was coached by Sharon Press, Director of Hamline Law’s esteemed Dispute Resolution Institute.


“I was very proud of the way Chelsea and John represented Hamline University,” said Professor Press, whose Hamline team was one of only 13 invited from the United States to compete.  “They demonstrated great mastery of advocacy and negotiation skills.  Both Chelsea and John expressed recognition and appreciation for how much their Hamline law school experience contributed to their success.” 

The Competition consists of two parts; written and oral advocacy.  During three days of preliminary rounds, competitors must assume the roles of the attorneys and clients to solve problems in a mediation conducted by an ICC expert mediator.  Each of the 85 minute preliminary rounds is judged by a panel of two experienced, international commercial mediation experts who score the team on their advocacy, negotiation skills, mediation plan, team work, and ability to appropriately utilize the mediation process.  Combining competition, sharing of best practices, learning and networking, this event gives participants a unique opportunity to participate in moot mediations and to explore cultural differences in international commercial mediation.