About the YIMC

This year the YIMC will be held 20 – 25 July 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal!

Email us to find out more: alix@yimc.org

The Aim of the YIMC

The aim of the YIMC is for students to learn and develop skills in a realistic situation, acting as both counsel and as a mediator.  Problems are based on cases where the Convention on International Sale of Goods applies.


Each school’s team consists of three participants and a coach.  All members of the team must be enrolled in a programme of tertiary legal studies and none may be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.  The competition consists of three “tiers”; a training course of two days, the counsel competition (one day), and the mediator competition (one day).   Each team participates in all three tiers, and competes for both awards, one as Best Student Mediation Counsel Team and one as Best Student Mediator.  Students take turns being evaluated and playing the roles of the disputing parties


First tier: Two-Day Mediation Training Course.

Training provides basic knowledge and techniques to those who do not study mediation at their university. This levels the playing field, and serves as a review for those who already have a basic knowledge.   At the end of the two days’ training the teams designate and announce which of their members will compete as mediator and which two will compete as their counsel team.

Second tier:  Day One and Two Of Competition.   Best Student Mediation Counsel Team

Two professional Mediators wil assess the teams, acting as Independent Evaluators. They will give points for the students’ performance as counsel.  Students not competing as counsel play the roles of the parties.
Each professional gives scores based on a standard list of skills and techniques provided to them.   The two students are marked as a team rather than individually, according to parameters distributed in advance to the Mediator and Independent Evaluator.

Third tier:   Day Three Of Competition.  Best Student Mediator

Two professional mediators evaluate the third team member, the student mediator, on areas such as opening statements, time management, how joint sessions are handled, issue spotting, use of caucus, option generation, dealing with confidential information, skills and techniques, completeness of the process, and personal presentation.  

Day Four of the Competition. Elimination Rounds

Teams will compete to win the prize of Best Team Award.

Participating Teams:  Each school team consists of 3 students plus one coach (optional).

What people say about the YIMC:

“The two days of mediation training were in themselves worth the trip to Hong Kong.”  
                                                                                                                            A YIMC Coach

“Awesome experience.”
                                    A YIMC Team member

“We learned so much, and had a great time doing it. We’ll be back next year!”
                                                                                                  A YIMC Team member 2017