York students earn second place at International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris

Two students from York University earned a second-place finish in Paris, France, earlier this month during the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition.

Shane Morganstein and Farzad Tabaee

Farzad Tabaee (MBA/JD ’19) and Shane Morganstein (MBA/JD ‘20) represented the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School during the world’s largest competition exclusively devoted to international commercial mediation.

Shane Morganstein and Farzad Tabaee with Professor Joe Fayt

The competition included teams from 63 participating universities, with more than 350 students and coaches in attendance, as well as 130 professional mediators from across the globe.

Each student team had to resolve international business disputes through mediation, guided by professional mediators. Their performance was evaluated by some of the world’s leading dispute resolution specialists who participated in the competition as judges.

The competition involved four negotiations in the preliminary round, and another four in the finals. The York University team engaged in eight intense rounds over a six-day period.

“I am so incredibly proud of Farzad and Shane," said Joe Fayt, professor of marketing at York University. "They were up against the strongest and most accomplished teams in the world, and they made it all the way to the final round, finishing in second place overall."

The competition was held from Feb. 7 to 13, and it was the competition's 14th edition. For more information, visit the ICC website.

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