International Mediation Competition
Loyola students on the mediation team participate each spring in the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) international mediation tournament. The international round of the competition rotates every other year between Loyola and locations outside of the U.S. In the last six years, Loyola has hosted the competition in even numbered years and traveled to London, Dublin and Glasgow in odd years. In March 2018 the competition returns to Loyola with 60 teams expected from around the world. See the student video from the competition in Glasgow here.
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, consistently taking home trophies for the top slots for both mediation and advocacy skills as well as individual mediator awards. In 2016 Loyola took first place in mediation skills out of 52 teams and in 2017 Loyola advanced to semi-finals in advocacy and mediation and a Loyola student was named second place individual mediator out of 135 students.