Mediation Advocacy Moot
The International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA) moot team provides for 3 credits of course work. Team members have the opportunity to develop advanced negotiation and client counselling skills, which relate to the advocate’s unique role in facilitated settlement processes, but are useful both inside and outside the mediation setting. The team studies mediation advocacy concepts and skills, through a combination of reading, discussion and simulations. There are no pre-requisites for this moot, but at least one of the advanced dispute resolution courses (for example, Dispute Resolution, Multi-Party Negotiation, or Mediation) is highly recommended.
The ICMA competition and preparation for it will provide team members with invaluable and very practical skills for practicing of law. This course will aim to make participating students into exceptionally good listeners – an invaluable skill in whatever area of law they ultimately pursue.
Two teams, each comprised of two students, will be selected and will be required to:
- engage in a series of sessions, led by the team’s coach, designed to prepare for the competition and enhance skills and knowledge in this area
- keep a journal throughout the duration of the course
- prepare and share with other students a five-page book review of a book relating to mediation and mediation advocacy
At competition, each team participates in several rounds of mediation judged by a panel of lawyers and mediators. Short written briefs are required.
Michaela Keet is the coach of the 2016/17 Mediation Advocacy Moot team.