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). The students will be competing in two separate categories, depending on their lever of education and/or experience.
Category A: Undergraduate Law students with no experience in law or mediation*
Category B: Postgraduate students with a law degree or undergraduate law students with experience*
The students must be enrolled in one of the following Universities (in an alphabetical order)
– European University of Cyprus
– Frederick University
– Neapolis University
– UCLan Cyprus
– University of Cyprus
– University of Nicosia
* Paralegals, Trainee lawyers, Lawyers and trained or accredited Mediators are considered as experienced and should register in Category B.
Internships in law offices, if not combined with other experience, do not constitute professional experience and Undergraduate law students- interns can register in Category A.
Interested students should first register here: https://forms.gle/CkGZY7AayiUtgT1ZA
Upon registration they will receive the zoom links for the events and the educational webinars
Registered students must submit their mediation briefs by 9 December 2022, 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/2022/10/WIF-Competition-Cyprus-2022-Bundle.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.
It is highly recommended to register before 24 October 2022, 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 20 November 2022. All substantial answers will be sent online on 21 November. After the opening of the submissions form on 21 November 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 21 November through an online form, available at the home page for all participants who have registered. Submissions will close on 30 November, 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 21 November. 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. During the educational webinars students can ask questions in Greek to facilitate participation.
The time you need to devote is completely up to you! However we recommend attending the educational seminars and Global Event as they will be very helpful for the competition and your career.