Competitions

2017 MCLS Chinese-English Negotiation Competition

Like elsewhere, business relationships in China are negotiated at each interaction. Negotiators need to be able to handle a range of strategies, communication styles and a multitude of unforeseen events. MCLS is thus proud to run the 2017 Chinese-English Negotiation Competition. The competition aims to equip students interested in the Greater China region with the tools necessary to engage successfully with its economy, people, and culture.
When:
Round 1 begins on Wednesday 23rd  & Thursday 24th August.
There will be 4 rounds in total (The Semi-final and final to be held in week 7).
The competition will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30, you can select your preferred day on the registration form and we will try our best to allocate you to your preferred day.
Sign Ups:
You can sign up as an individual or a team. ONLY ONE member of your team is required to have Chinese language skills CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Registration closes at 11:59pm 20th August 

The team:
Negotiations take place between two teams of two students. Each team is composed of one Chinese speaker who acts as the lawyer, and one English speaker who acts as the client.
• All communication “within” the team is in English
• All communication between teams are in Chinese
• Clients have the final say on any agreement

How does it work? 
• Teams receive their problem 24 hours prior to negotiation
• 5 minutes before the match, the judge gives the client (not the lawyer) their secret facts
• The client must NOT share their secret instructions with the lawyer
• Negotiation last 30 minutes, with one optional 2-minute break-out session per team

Negotiations are judged by legal professionals who have had extensive experience in cross-border transactions between China and Australia.


Past Competitons
2016 Semester 2: Linklaters Pitch Competition

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Following on from the successful Negotiation Competition hosted in Semester 1, MCLS will be holding the Allens-Linklaters’ International Case Study Competition for Semester 2.

Allens-Linklaters has provided a case study for students to research and consequently compete in. Teams will be given a cross-border Asia-related question that will be useful for those interested in commercial law. Teams will then be required to research and present on various options to their hypothetical client.

The competition will be conducted in English. Each team will comprise of 3 students, you are welcome to submit an entire team, a pair or register your interest as an individual and we will create a team for you.

Any queries please email mcls.competitions@gmail.com

2016 Semester 1: Skadden Chinese Language Negotiation Competition

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Like elsewhere, business relationships in China are negotiated at each interaction. Negotiators need to be able to handle a range of strategies, communication styles and a multitude of unforeseen events. MCLS is thus proud to run the 2016 Skadden Chinese Language Negotiation Competition.

The competition aims to give students interested in the Greater China region the tools necessary to engage successfully with its economy, people, and culture.

The first round will begin on Thursday 7th April and sign-ups are open now. You can sign up as an individual or a team. Only one member of your team is required to have Chinese language skills.

Competition Structure:


Negotiations take place between two teams of two students. Each team is composed of one Chinese speaker who acts as the lawyer, and one non-native Chinese speaker who acts as the client.
Students sign up for the competition as either lawyers or clients, and are paired with a different counterpart. Teams receive briefs 24 hours before their negotiation starts. In addition, clients and lawyers on the same team will receive secret instructions at the beginning of the negotiation that apply to themselves only.Teams then compete in a 30-minute negotiation session. They discuss the various issues and attempt to reach an agreement that best meets the client instructions outlined in the brief, as well as their secret instructions.Negotiations are judged by legal professionals who have had extensive experience in cross-border transactions between China and Australia. The final round will be hosted by Skadden partner Chris Betts in conjunction with the Hong Kong Law Fair.
 The competition is proudly sponsored by global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom:

More information available shortly here and on our Facebook page.