About the Competition
The International Negotiation Competition (INC) is a law student competition in which a team of two law students representing a party/client negotiates either an international transaction or the resolution of an international dispute with an opposing team of two law students.
The INC 2013 will be held at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California. Teams from around the world will meet each other and the judges, who are lawyers, business people and leading professors of law from the participating countries.
The competition rounds will be July 2, 3, and 5. Registration, a master class, and an opening reception will take place on July 1, and a closing/awards banquet on July 5. The schedule is subject to change. The deadline to register is June 1.
The Governing Body
The governing body of the INC is the Executive Committee. The committee consists of a President, a Chair, a Secretary, and some Regional Representatives. Annually, the Executive Committee appoints National Representatives in the participating countries.
Back in 1998 two American law schools, Creighton University and Pepperdine University, sponsored the first annual International Negotiation Competition. The inaugural competition was hosted by Pepperdine and modeled on the existing Negotiation Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division. Following the success of the Louis M. Brown International Client Counseling Competition, the International Negotiation Competition develops negotiation skills in the context of international transactions and disputes.
The countries represented at the inaugural competition were Australia, Canada, England, and the United States. The Australian team from University of Sydney was the first winner of the traveling plaque presented by the Practicing Law Institute of New York City.
Since then the competition has become truly international--with teams regularly competing from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England and Wales, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, and the USA. This year we expect to welcome teams from Indonesia, Italy, and Switzerland as well.