Monday, 01 August 2016
For the second year in a row an ECU law student has won a top international mediation prize in Hong Kong.
Concetta Macri was awarded the Colin J Wall Award for the best mediator at the Young International Mediation Competition.
She was part of a group of ECU students competing against other law students from top universities from across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.
Two ECU teams competed in arbitration and mediation competitions, with the second team reaching the quarter finals of their competition.
Concetta said the competition had been an amazing opportunity for all of the students to learn new skills and network with industry leaders.
“There were a huge number of people to meet and network with and we got introduced to heaps of contacts from around the world,” she said.
“It was really good to meet and talk over the competition with the judges and to make connections that might be useful in future.”
She said it was an excellent opportunity to develop skills which would be useful in her career.
“I found the whole experience amazing. The training was a big part of it – we had two full days of training in mediation – and I took it all in and used it in the competition and that obviously paid off,” she said.
“It was a lot of new learning and a completely different way of thinking about law. I look at it now and it’d be a great pathway to something I could do in my career.”
ECU School of Business and Law Academic Coordinator Krishna Prasad coached one of the teams and said the Hong Kong moot had been an outstanding experience for all of the students who took part.
“The competition provides a series of unique experiences in practical business and legal issues that give our students a unique perspective on commercial law in action,” he said.
“This kind of experience is invaluable for students hoping for a career in law.”
The ECU arbitration team consisted of Chelsea Balm and Dino Todorov, Liz Morris and Lauren Dickson and Scott Hutchinson. The mediation team included Concetta Macri, Lynn Makokha, Harley Chatburn and Brendan Sykes.
ECU student Dave Endersby, who won the mediation award for ECU in 2015, was a student coach for both teams.ECU Moot Coordinator Anthony Hevron coached the teams.
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