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.