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Law students win International Negotiation Competition again

18 July 2012

(From left) Assoc Prof Lee, Benjamin and Eddy, with International Negotiation Competition Executive Committee Member Prof Nancy Schultz of Chapman University

NUS Faculty of Law students won the International Negotiation Competition 2012 for the second year in a row, a first by a law school in the 14-year history of the competition. Held at the Queen's University in Belfast early this month, the NUS team beat 15 international teams at the five-day event.

Congratulating the winning duo Benjamin Moh and Eddy Hirono, NUS Faculty of Law Vice Dean (Student Affairs) Associate Professor Joel Lee said that the competition taught the two law students that a good agreement for a client does not necessarily require an adversarial approach and can instead be a collaborative process. "This consecutive win validates this philosophy," noted Assoc Prof Lee, who coached the team.

Aimed at honing students' negotiation skills in international transactions and disputes, the competition requires law student teams representing a party or client to come to an agreement on an international transaction or resolve an international dispute with opposing teams. The groups were judged by lawyers and leading law professors from participating countries.

On the challenging but useful experience, both Benjamin and Eddy said that they will remember the friendships forged with the representatives from the other 15 countries and regions. "We left the competition confident that these relationships would last through our professional lives, and more importantly, that it embodied the spirit of amity and cooperation which underlies interest-based negotiations," said the winning team.