Canada: The Art Of Negotiation: Team Canada Takes Gold At The International Negotiation Competition
Last Updated: July 22 2016

Congratulations to Osgoode Hall law students Russell Hall and Veronika Stefanski, who received a perfect score and placed first out of 24 teams at the International Negotiation Competition held in Lucerne, Switzerland. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems such as contract disputes, settlement offers and transactional issues. As the top ranked Canadian team, Russell and Veronika proudly represented Canada in the competition against other teams from around the world.

The top ranked teams at the 2016 International Negotiation Competition are as follows:

1st place – Canada
2nd place – Singapore and Australia (tie)
3rd place – Northern Ireland
4th place – Norway
5th place – United States
6th place – Germany and New Zealand (tie)
7th place – Switzerland (Geneva team)

The team's winning streak began at the initial round of negotiation competitions held at the Toronto office of Dentons Canada LLP (Dentons). This victory qualified the pair for the ABA's regional competition in Springfield, MA, where they became the champions, defeating their competitors, student teams from American and eastern Canadian law schools. Finally, after two challenging rounds of negotiations, Russell and Veronika were headed for the finals in San Diego, CA, where they advanced to the semi-finals.

"Participating in the Dentons Negotiation Competition, the ABA Negotiation Competition and the International Negotiation Competition has been the most valuable and rewarding aspect of our law school experience thus far. The practical experience gained through these competitions will certainly serve us in our legal careers going forward," said Russell and Veronika. "While we are very proud of our success, we could not have advanced so far without the invaluable mentoring provided by our coaches, Kiran Bains and Natasha Singh. From Springfield, to San Diego, to Switzerland, we have constantly been supported by the team at Dentons, who took an interest not only in our development as negotiators, but also in our development as young professionals."

The entire team would like to thank David Lobl for his invaluable mentorship over the last year. We would also like to give special thanks to Alessandro Bozzelli, who travelled with the team to Switzerland and provided ongoing assistance over the last year. The team would also like to thank Natasha Prasaud and Nida Nathani for their ongoing support with this very important firm initiative.

About the Competition

The International Negotiation Competition is the oldest and most renowned law student competition focusing on international legal negotiation.  The format of the competition are in teams of two law students representing a party/client negotiates either an international transaction or the resolution of an international dispute with an opposing team of two law students. The INC 2016 was hosted at the Universität Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland. Teams from around the world met each other and the judges, who are lawyers, business people and leading professors of law from the participating countries. The competition rounds took place from July 4–9, 2016.

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