Rules & FAQ
The competition is open for all full time law students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or taught postgraduate law program (Master or LLM) in one of the following universities in Cyprus and are not yet trainee lawyers or members of the Bar.
Universities (in an alphabetical order)
– European University of Cyprus
– Frederick University
– Neapolis University
– UCLan Cyprus
– University of Cyprus
– University of Nicosia
Interested students should first register here: https://forms.gle/feD75B2nHBdhHtVd9
Upon registration they will receive the zoom links for the kick-off event and the educational webinars
Registered students must submit their mediation briefs by 10 April 2021, midnight.
Certificates of participation will be offered to all students who register, attend all webinars and submit a valid entry.
You can find the case and the judging criteria here: https://wif-competition.diamesolavitis.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WIF-Competition-Cyprus-2021.pdf
There is no requirement to have prior knowledge on ADR in order to participate in the competition. Free webinars will be offered to explain what mediation is, present the legal framework and teach the basic skills.
Students who register online will receive zoom links by email in order to attend each webinar.
Registrations will be open until April 5, however it is highly recommended to register before March 20, in order to be able to participate in the live webinars and events.
Participating students can ask questions on mediation and mediation advocacy during the live webinars. Once they start writing, they must work on their own and are not allowed to seek advice on the particular case. Entries from students who breach this rule will be excluded.
Clarification questions can be submitted via e-mail at wif-competition [at] diamesolavitis.org by March 30. All substantial answers will be published online on March 31. After the opening of the submissions form on April 1 it will no longer be possible to submit questions.
Participants are encouraged to be creative, following however the specifications listed above.
Participants are not allowed to invent facts that are not included in the case.
Submissions will open on April 1 through an online form, available at the home page for all participants who have registered. Submissions will close on April 10, midnight, Cyprus time.
- Briefs must not exceed 2500 words. However, an effective mediation brief can be smaller than that.
- They should be typed in Times New Roman, size 12 with 1.5 spacing and regular margins.
- Your document must not contain your real name or other identifiers.
- The open part of the brief (to be shared with the mediator and the other party) must be at least 60% of the total text and the closed part (to be shared only with the mediator) cannot exceed 40%.
The judges committee will be announced on the week starting April 5. It will comprise of university professors and lecturers, competition co-sponsors and experts on mediation.
The language of the competition is English. However students will not lose points for spelling or grammar mistakes and are strongly encouraged to participate. Some educational webinars will be provided in Greek to facilitate participation.
The time you need to devote is completely up to you! However we recommend attending the educational seminars and the kick off event as they will be very helpful for the competition and your career.