About HSF-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition (INC)

INC is an invitation only competition organised by Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and National Law University Delhi annually. INC was conceptualised by HSF and started in 2014 and within a short span of a few years it has gained widespread acclaim. It draws participants from over 25 internationally renowned universities, including the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, Sydney, Melbourne, NUS Singapore, Hong Kong and Cologne.

 The competition aims at providing an opportunity to law students of select top universities across the globe to practice and improve their negotiation skills. It provides a platform for students to compete in a truly diverse and an international environment. The competition is carefully structured to simulate legal negotiations particularly for those students who aspire to be international lawyers.

 Students participating in the competition will assume the roles of international lawyers in negotiating a series of legal problems. The problems will be based on real life examples and will comprise a common set of facts known to all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side.

 See attached a copy of the competition flyer. Also, see news reports from previous editions of the competition (here and here), the live competition blog from the 2016 edition (here) and the competition Facebook page (here).

 Structure of the competition: We anticipate that 30-35 teams from across the globe will participate in the fourth edition of the competition. There will be two preliminary rounds. Eight teams will advance to the quarter-finals competing in knock-out rounds to qualify for the semi-finals. The final round will take place between the winners of the two semi-finals. Each round will consist of a 60 or 90 minute negotiation session, which may be extended at the discretion of the judges, to make it akin to a real life experience.

 Team composition: Each team will consist of two students.

 Eligible students: All students who are enrolled in a full-time law degree (undergraduate or post-graduate) as on 1 September 2017 will be eligible to participate.

 University representation: Only one team per university will be allowed to participate in the competition.


·        15 June 2017: Release of the problems/negotiation simulations

·        1 August 2017: Submission of the negotiation plan

·        8 September 2017: Registration and welcome address

·        9-10 September 2017: Preliminary and advanced rounds

·        10 September 2017: Finals and awards ceremony

 Judging: Each round is judged by a panel of one to three judges. Judges will include renowned lawyers and academicians.

 Prizes: All participants will receive certificates of participation. The winners will receive a trophy to be held in their university and the winning team members will receive a cash prize (last year, the winners received a total cash prize of £1,000 and the runners-up received £500). There will be an award for the best negotiator as well.

 Travel expenses and accommodation: Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel expenses. NLU Delhi will however provide accommodation to the participants on the days of the competition for no costs.

 Registration fees: A registration fee of INR 3,000 per team will be charged, to be paid upon arrival at NLU Delhi.

INC 2017 - Flyer

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