The Victorian Bar is proud to have sponsored the ADC-ICC Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition held on 31 August – 1 September 2020.
This competition seeks to hone law students’ dispute resolution skills, such as negotiation strategies, mediation and collaborative problem-solving skills, to effectively equip them for a growing and increasingly complex international commercial marketplace.
The program consisted of three rounds held online, culminating in a final series with various teams from universities around the globe competing for the coveted first prize – The Henry Jolson OAM QC Prize. In the final, The students mediated a coal mining industry contractual dispute, over a claim for reimbursement of $200M spent on construction of a coal mine including railways and port works, after continued operation of the mine and export of its coal by the foreign company contractor became unlawful by legislation requiring mining operations to be 51% locally owned. ongratulations to the winning team from the National University of Singapore: Lau Eugene; Lee Wai Kit, Jonathon; Chan You Quan and Kim Haeyoung.
The award in Henry’s name is a great honour – he was a highly respected member for almost 40 years and inducted as a Living Legend of the Bar in 2012. As a pioneer of mediation in Victoria in 1985, Henry’s influence on the Bar is evident today as the Bar is home to an outstanding community of those highly skilled in dispute resolution.
A recording of the final is here.