The Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition (INC) is Japan’s peak international mooting competition, attracting 20 of the top law schools, as well regional participants such as University of Hong Kong and National University of Singapore.
The competition uses an international commercial transaction problem that is adjudicated through:
- an arbitration moot using the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, and
- a mock negotiation regarding a cross-border joint venture. Both parts of the competition are based on written submissions and an oral argument.
Students compete over two days, in separate arbitration and negotiation rounds, using complex international commercial contract scenarios, mooting in English, or Japanese, or a combination of both languages.
Team Australia was a founding member of the INC consortium, thanks in large part to the vision of ANJel co-founder Professor Kent Anderson (now at the University of Western Australia). It was his significant commitment of time that has enabled successive Team Australia cohorts the opportunity to compete in this prestigious 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.