The Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition (INC) is Japan’s peak international mooting competition, attracting 20-30 of Japan’s top law schools, as well competing teams from Hong Kong, Korea, Mongolia and Singapore. Australia has been an invited participant from the beginning of the competition and we compete as a national (rather than an institutional) team: Team Australia.
Team Australia has a strong track record in this competition, most recently winning the competition in 2018 (including the prizes for best arbitration in Japanese and Best Negotiation in English), finishing as runners-up in 2017, and winning in 2016 (including the Prize for Best Performance in the English-language Arbitration round).
The competition uses an complex international commercial transaction that is addressed in two parts:
dispute resolution through an arbitration moot, using the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (Round A), and
creation of a cross-border joint venture through negotiation and resolution of some areas of disagreement (Round B).
Both parts of the competition are based on written submissions and an oral argument.
Teams compete over 2 days, in both Round A and Round B in either an English language or a Japanese language division of the competition.
Team Australia competes in the English and Japanese language divisions of the competition.
Team members gain experience in international commercial law and cross-cultural negotiation skills. Experience in negotiation or mooting (especially in contract) is advantageous, but not essential.