Two final year LLB students from Law School at the University of Exeter are enjoying a victory. George Ikonomou and Peter Lung, won a Canadian themed negotiation competition hosted by the large international law firm, Dentons. The competition took place at the company’s London Offices. A total of 16 Canadian law students took part. Teams present at the competition included the University of Kent, University of Sussex, Queen Marys University London, City University, University of Southampton, University of York, University of Leeds and University of Exeter. The knock-out competition was judged by panels of law tutors and Dentons’ trainees. The goal of the annual event is to encourage the development of negotiation skills through simulated exercises focusing on Canadian human rights and ethics. The heats required strong problem-solving skills, excellent communication and co-operation. These are all qualities which are highly valued in global business and legal employment.
Sue Prince, Law Associate Professor, organised and led the event and Tia Matt, Lecturer in Law wrote the scenarios and acted as senior judge. This is the third year time the competition has been held. Since it began, it has been organised by Exeter as a way of encouraging Canadian students to apply their legal knowledge within the political and cultural context of their homeland. In the final heat, the Exeter students had to negotiate against a team from City University, over a difficult ethical human rights problem, concerning the potential construction of a dam on indigenous burial and ceremonial grounds in Western Canada, in front of an audience of other competing students.
After the event, all participating students gave enthusiastic feedback, highlighting the significant educational value of the event for their studies.