We're all set for registration that commences at 14.00 sharp tomorrow, Monday the 25th, at the Cardiff Law and Politics Building.
In the meantime, the selfie challenge has been finalised and for anyone who is here already and wants to get a head start...tough! No favouritism allowed, and even the local teams won't know which photos have been selected until they receive their packs. A great incentive for an early start then; get your packs at 14.00 and you may have half the photos in the bag by the time the evening comes around.
I therefore wish every team a pleasant trip to Wales, and I look forward to meeting you either tomorrow or Tuesday.
With three days to go until registration begins (and a quick reminder that delegates are encouraged to register on Monday between 2 and 6!) we have been busy finalising the delegate packs in conjunction with our primary sponsor, CEDR. I have been posting on twitter reminding everyone about the content of the Masterclass on the 26th June, but thought I would use this opportunity to talk about the evening part of that day, where the delegates enjoy a small slice of Wales, and then get the opportunity to share parts of their culture with everyone.
The evening will open with the traditional competition photo (weather permitting!) outside Aberdare Hall before moving inside to listen to the moving repertoire of the Porthcawl Male Voice Choir (http://www.porthcawlmalechoir.co.uk/). This will be followed by dinner in a convivial setting and gives you the chance to mingle with fellow delegates. There is no seating plan, but remember that this competition is about communication and so we encourage you to meet as many of your compadres as possible.
Then, we will move into the cultural exchange. Competitors have been asked to prepare a brief (no more than two-three minutes) presentation about your own culture. Although the emphasis is on the competitors, feel free to get the rest of your delegation engaged with the process whether it is singing, dancing, fun facts, language lessons, or anything else that you feel is appropriate!
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone, and hope that you will have as much fun as you can throughout the week of competition and comradeship.
Croeso i Gymru!
A question has been raised about dress code for the week. Obviously for the competition itself you should wear business attire, and for the final dinner at the Hilton Hotel national dress is encouraged, otherwise, smart-casual (such an awful phrase!) For the rest of it however, whatever makes you feel comfortable is what is the best dress code!
After a spell of bad weather, it looks like the sun is all set to smile on the competition next week- see the below link for the predictions. This is particularly good for the outdoor activities including the boat trip and the Friday trips to Caerphilly Castle and Big Pit.
A reminder to all competitors, if you have ambiguity questions, please get them to Larry Teply or Nancy Schultz BEFORE the Ambiguity Session on Tuesday. This is for your convenience as well as the organisers- would you rather spend your lunch break in a small room asking questions or enjoying fresh air, sun, and sandwiches?!
Looking forward to seeing you all, and in particular your contribution to the cultural evening on Tuesday!
As part of the competition, we have appointed Student Ambassadors who will be on hand to help integrate the delegates to Cardiff life, and navigate around a city that will be new to most! We start with a detailed guide from final year undergraduate, Sarah Chin!
Coffee or simple breakfast/meal
1. Hoffi Coffi - located opposite law school (editor's note- thoroughly recommended by me as well!)
2. Costa coffee - 2 minutes walk from the law school
3. Subway -2 minutes walk from the law school
4. Burrito brothers park place - 4 minutes walk from the law school
5. The Falafel House (vegan and vegetarian friendly) - 4 minutes walk from the law school
Breakfast/brunch/lunch with reasonable prices
1. The early bird cafe - 5 minutes walk from the law school
2. Ramons - 10 minutes walk from the law school
3. Cafe 37 - 10 minutes walk from the law school
(Note: 2&3 are both in Salisbury road and they're just located right opposite one another )
4. Hogwurst by Colum Road - 9 minutes walk from the law school
1. Co-op food by Senghennydd Road - 4 minutes walk from the law school- located on the ground floor of the Cardiff University Student Union
2. Sainsbury's local by Woodville road - 9 minutes walk from the law school
3. Tesco express by Salisbury road - 10 minutes walk from the law school
1. Lidl - 5 minutes walk from the law school
1. Woodville pub - 3 minutes walk from the law school
2. Blackweir Tavern by Colum road- 8 minutes walk from the law school
3. Crwys pub - 10 minutes walk from the law school
1. Coco Gelato Woodville road - 9 minutes from the law school
As we continue to countdown, and I pray for better weather, a word on our sponsors and supporters.
The Centre for Effective dispute resolution are the primary sponsors of the 2018 competition hosted by Cardiff University. CEDR have been involved as the organisers of the England and Wales Negotiations Competition and have played a central role in the development of this year's international event, particularly with the provision of many of the estimable speakers at the Masterclass. As "the largest conflict management and dispute resolution consultancy in the world" they arrange practical training and industry engagement in order to promote the important skills surrounding mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. For this year's competition, they are also providing several judges for the international panels, and if you see one of their representatives, don't hesitate to ask them for information about the organisation. Alternatively, you can take a look at www.cedr.com.
Cardiff University are the hosts for this year's competition and are co-sponsoring with CEDR, primarily through the Law and Politics Building which will be hosting the majority of the events that are scheduled throughout the competition. The University's "interdisciplinary environment offers an exciting and flexible range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses" and this is exemplified by the Law and Politics department which caters to around a thousand students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, while retaining close ties to the practice of law and politics domestically and internationally.
Additional sponsorship for the competition has been provided by Latham & Watkins LLP, a law firm that has an international presence with thirty offices around the world, and which is "dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world". With 2,600 lawyers and a commitment to pro-bono work, the sponsorship of this competition is another indication of their commitment to developing students who will become the lawyers of the future. One of their associates, Philipp Gnatzy, is the Representative for Germany at the Competition and will be accompanying the German team to this year's event. More information can be found at https://www.lw.com/
In addition to our sponsors, the competition is supported by the Law Society of England and Wales, the professional association that represents and governs the solicitor's profession for the jurisdiction of England and Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union who have kindly assisted in providing tours for the delegates of the Principality Stadium on the second day of competition.
The assistance of all of the partners for this year's competition is greatly appreciated.
Seven days to go and we are crunching the final numbers. There will be a shade over a hundred delegates from the competition attending the Masterclass, and around a hundred and twenty five attending the final dinner at the Hilton Hotel on the 30th June 2018. Thanks to all those who have survived my badgering and sent in their forms with information about which activities you wish to do.
A couple of points to remember in the lead up to the competition:
1. All payments for the additional activities need to be made on registration. We will let you know how much this is in advance so that you can be ready.
2. The weather has started to turn on some days here so I urge you to include a light raincoat in your bags! Also a small umbrella if you can although you can easily pick one up for around £5 upon arrival.
3. If you have any questions about additional tourism activities, don't hesitate to contact me at @ParryMJ or ParryMJ2@cardiff.ac.uk and I'll be delighted to help.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to Cardiff in seven days time.
With 9 days to go, we are delighted to announce that our primary sponsors, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, have been joined in sponsoring the competition by Latham & Watkins. We are delighted that these two international organisations, who between the cover almost every aspect of legal practice and alternative dispute resolution engagement, will be helping this competition to achieve its aims of promoting cultural engagement, negotiating skill, and educational development.
With eleven days to go until the competition begins, the teams will be preparing with great determination for the three rounds that have been prepared to test every aspect of their negotiating abilities. Here at the University, we are making final arrangements, in an effort to ensure that everything proceeds smoothly. There are a few things that everyone can help us with when the big day arrives:
1. Try to register on the Monday! We understand that some people won't be arriving until the Tuesday, but the Monday is that rare moment throughout the week where we won't have other events to deal with at the same time, and so we can give you our full attention. Registration is a wonderful opportunity to ask any questions that you may have, and we will be open for this purpose from 14.00 to 18.00.
If you are arriving later in the day on the Tuesday, don't worry, we will keep a registration desk open for the day.
2. Arrive on time! As you will have seen from the Programme, we have arranged a packed day of events, and we are hoping to run the schedule as smoothly as possible from the start; this will be made easier if everyone is ready to go by 9.55 on the Tuesday.
3. Make sure you get any Ambiguity questions sent to Nancy or Larry ahead of the Ambiguity Session that is taking place on the Tuesday. The purpose of this session is to give you all the chance to have any genuine confusion cleared up. This will be far easier to deal with if Nancy has the questions ahead of time. Questions can be asked on the day, but it won't be as easy to give a full and clear answer, particularly as the Committee will be dealing with four rooms asking questions.
4. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us! We are more than happy to help.
Looking forward to meeting everyone; I am tweeting on @ParryMJ on a daily basis about the Masterclass sessions.