International Mediation Competition
Loyola students on the mediation team participate each spring in the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) international mediation competition. The international round of the competition rotates every other year between Loyola and locations outside of the U.S.. Loyola hosted in 2010, 2012, and 2014 and Loyola students traveled to London and Dublin in 2011 and 2013. In 2015 the team will again travel to London and in 2016 the competition returns to Loyola with 60 teams expected from around the world.
Over the three day competition, students get a chance to play the roles of mediator, attorney and client and to experience mediation and negotiation skills across many cultures. They also receive additional training in mediation, mediation advocacy and cross-cultural issues from experienced practitioners. Loyola teams have done very well in the competition, taking home trophies for the top slots for both mediation and advocacy skills as well as individual mediator awards. The third place trophy for mediation skills in 2011 at the London competition, winning second place for mediation skills out of 46 teams from around the world in 2012 at Loyola, and taking home trophies as semifinalists and individual second place mediator (Tanya Woods) in Dublin.