Posted 19.6.18

Cardiff University School of Law & Politics to host major international legal skills competition

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Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics is hosting a major international legal skills competition. The International Negotiation Competition Final 2018 sees law students compete in pairs to negotiate deals with teams from other countries.

The 28 teams from 26 different countries have already won their own national competitions, so they really are promising global #futurenegotiators – the hashtag being used for the Competition.

Cardiff is very proud of its own students Sophie Rudd and Charles Wilson (pictured above), winners from about 40 law schools entering the England and Wales Competition. They will now compete on the international stage. The competition was hosted by the University of Oslo last year, and next year it will be at the University of Tokyo, so the University is are delighted that it is coming to Cardiff this year.

The international event starts with a Masterclass on Tuesday 26th June, partly facilitated by sponsor, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and its expertise.

Keynote sessions include:

  • Negotiating conflict, diversity and change: Lessons from South Africa (Felicity Steadman);
  • Hostage Negotiations: Lessons from a parallel world, by former Head of the Scotland Yard hostage and crisis negotiation unit; and,
  • Brexit Negotiations and Wales, with Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance at the Welsh Government.

There will also be a series of seminars to hone practical skills, including:

  • “To Ask or Not to Ask- and HOW to Ask - That’s the Question”; and,
  • “Number me up, baby”: Why understanding maths is critical to negotiate

The competition takes place over three rounds, starting on Wednesday 27th June. Guests will visit various tourist attractions on the Friday, including Caerphilly Castle and Big Pit. Results will be announced at an Awards Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Professor Julie Price who is hosting the event said, “We are very grateful to our primary sponsors, CEDR, for their major part in putting together this marvellous international event, and to law firm Latham & Watkins, the Law Society and the Welsh Rugby Union Group for supporting it too. We look forward to our guests experiencing the famous friendly Welsh welcome.”

Matthew Parry, a PhD student and Solicitor/Higher Rights Advocate, who has organised the event said, “Thank you to colleagues and experts who have kindly agreed to be on judging panels in what will no doubt be a fiercely competitive few days”.

Interested in joining us?

There are four free places available to Junior Lawyers to attend the Tuesday masterclass, courtesy of support from The Law Society’s Wales office. If anyone has any queries, please email

The full list of countries competing is:

Australia; Brazil; Canada, Denmark; England and Wales; Estonia; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; Japan; South Korea; New Zealand; Norway; Northern Ireland; Poland; Qatar; Russia; Scotland; Singapore; Slovakia; Switzerland; United States.

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