Fordham Law

Dispute Resolution Society To Hold Summer Tryouts for Negotiation and International Arbitration Competition Teams

June 18, 2004

The Fordham School of Law Dispute Resolution Society is proud to announce its first annual summer intramural competition. Participants will have the chance to earn a spot on one of five teams that will represent Fordham at both national and international competitions over the next year. Students who are chosen for an interschool competition team may also enroll in an exclusive seminar, unique among ABA-accredited law schools, that provides competitors and their coaches the opportunity to develop advocacy skills.

The Society will be selecting team members for the ABA Negotiation Competition, the International eNegotiation Tournament, and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. Two teams will be selected for each negotiation competition and bench team members will be chosen for the Vis Moot.

Those selected for the ABA Negotiation Competition must compete on the regional level to earn a place at the national competition. The competition evaluates communication and bargaining skills. Contract negotiation is a frequent theme, and creative problem-solving is emphasized. Fordham teams have enjoyed great success at this competition over the past two years, winning the national title in 2003 and taking fifth place in 2004.

The International eNegotiation Tournament is part of a larger project to study how the Internet has effected the negotiation dynamic. Teams of students from around the world employ innovative software to negotiate agreement that achieves their respective clients’ goals. This pioneering competition requires cultural sensitivity, and encourages participants to be cognizant of differences between typed-word communication and face-to-face interaction.

Fordham students will also have the opportunity to travel to Vienna, Austria for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis Moot is widely regarded as the premier competition for law students from around the world who are interested in international trade dispute resolution. Participants must familiarize themselves with relevant international law to prepare written briefs and deliver oral arguments. Last year’s squad enjoyed a strong showing at the event, and made school history as the first Fordham interschool team to compete at a European competition.

Students who wish to compete in the summer intramural must submit their applications by 9 PM, July 2, 2004.

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Fordham School of Law is a leader among alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) centers of legal scholarship. Founded in 2001, the Fordham Dispute Resolution Society seeks to promote greater understanding of conflict management. Under the direction of Faculty Advisor Professor Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley, the Society advances community-based dispute settlement and sponsors workshops, guest lectures and panel discussions. Students are afforded opportunities to hone problem-solving skills through interschool competition within the United States and abroad.