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Queen Mary Team triumphs at the CPR International Mediation Competition 2021

Jessica Sblendorio, Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM Student, and Andra Tofan, 3rd Year LLB English and European Law Student, at Queen Mary University of London won against the University of São Paolo in the Final Negotiation Round of the CPR (Conflict Prevention and Resolution) International Mediation Competition 2021.

Screenshot of the finals of the CPR International Mediation Competition 2021 over zoom

Jessica Sblendorio also won 1st place for “Best Counsel”.

Another member of the Queen Mary Team, 2nd Year LLB Law Student, Parnian Mohammadi, reached the Semi-Finals in the “Best Mediator” category.

This makes Queen Mary the only participating university progressing from the elimination rounds both as a negotiating team and in the individual mediator category. The fact that this is Queen Mary’s first participation in this competition makes the team’s success even more impressive.

Lilit Nagapetyan, a PhD candidate from Queen Mary’s School of International Arbitration and the team’s coach, said: “I can attest to the great performance by the team in all rounds and the excellent feedback received from the judges, who welcomed Queen Mary’s success. This reflects and further contributes to the University’s long-standing reputation in alternative dispute resolution moots and competitions.”

The CPR International Mediation Competition is an annual competition held in São Paolo, Brazil, that offers students the opportunity to learn and practice their mediation and negotiation skills through role-playing and engagement with a realistic mediation problem drafted by experienced mediators and practitioners.

The team is formed of current and former winners of the BCLP (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) x QMUL Annual Commercial Negotiation Competition, who were selected to participate by the Queen Mary Alternative Dispute Resolution Society. Lilit Nagapetyan has closely supported the participants of the BCLP x QMUL Annual Commercial Negotiation Competition by acting as judge since its first edition.

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