Meet the Mentoring Programme Alumni:



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For a full list of the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme alumni (cycles 1-4) please click on the link below:


Mentoring Programme Coordinators

Contact the Mentoring Programme Coordinators:

mentoring@youngicca.org

Maria Athanasiou
Associate, Bureau Pierre Tercier 
Fribourg


David Kim
Partner, Lee & Ko
Korea


Past Mentoring Programme Participant Lists

Cycle 3: 2015-2016 Mentoring Programme Participants

Cycle 2: 2013-2014 Mentoring Programme Participants

Cycle 1: 2011-2012 Mentoring Programme Participants

Please contact Young ICCA Coordinator Lauren Voges (lvoges@pca-cpa.org) for more information.


Young ICCA Mentoring Programme

The Young ICCA Mentoring Programme provides a unique platform for young professionals to connect with and learn from the experience of more senior members of the arbitration community. Members of Young ICCA may apply to participate in the Mentoring Programme at the start of each new cycle. If you are not yet a member of Young ICCA, click here to apply.


Young ICCA is pleased to announce that applications for the fifth cycle of the Mentoring Programme are now open. Applications will be open until Friday 29 September. Successful applicants will be contacted in December 2017. The new cycle of the programme will commence in January 2018.

For information on how to apply, please see Who should apply and how? and How are successful Mentee applicants chosen?


What is the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme?

The Young ICCA Mentoring Programme connects 3-4 successful Mentee applicants to each "Mentor" – a senior arbitration expert who is usually a member of ICCA’s Governing Board – and each "Buddy" – an established arbitration practitioner. Together, the Mentor, Buddy and Mentees form a "Mentoring Group".

Each Mentoring Group will work together for 2 years. During this period, the Mentor and Buddy will be available to their Mentees to provide advice and career guidance, as well as to impart arbitration wisdom and practical know-how. Guidelines outlining the role of each Mentoring Group participant – Mentor, Buddy and Mentee – and possible activities are available here.


Who should apply and how?

All current Young ICCA members are eligible to apply to become Mentees in the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme (you can become a Young ICCA member by submitting an application here). Students and young professionals interested in international arbitration are encouraged to apply. Applications for the next cycle of the Programme, commencing in January 2018, will be accepted until 29 September 2017. Note that, in response to feedback received from many members, Young ICCA has decided to stagger the mentoring cycles. So if you are unable to apply or unsuccessful this year, you will be able to apply next year (in September/October of 2018) for a two-year cycle starting in January 2019.

To submit an application for the fifth cycle of the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme, please complete the following electronic form. Note: applicants will be required to submit their CV and a one-page letter of motivation via this electronic form.

No fee is charged for participation in the Mentoring Programme, and no financial benefits or funding are available through the Programme.



How are successful Mentee applicants chosen?

In selecting Young ICCA Members for participation in the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme, Young ICCA aims to achieve a broad diversity and a wide geographical distribution, including appropriate representation of Mentee applicants from countries that are underrepresented in the international arbitration sphere.

As set forth above, applicants must complete the electronic form and submit their CV and a one-page letter of motivation with their application. Due to the overwhelming number of applications Young ICCA expects to receive for the upcoming cycle of the Programme, it is up to the applicants to ensure that they enter the correct information, particularly with respect to the region and country in which they will be based over the next two years, to the extent possible. 

As the Mentoring Programme can only accommodate a limited number of Mentees, the letter of motivation plays an important part in the selection process as it assists the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Coordinators in ensuring that successful Mentee applicants demonstrate an appropriate level of commitment and motivation and in appropriately matching Mentees with Mentors and Buddies.

The Young ICCA policy for the application process is as follows:

  • Applications received after the closing of the deadline, i.e. any time after midnight Geneva time on Friday 29 September 2017, will not be accepted under any circumstances;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • No special accommodations shall be made for successful applicants, i.e., requests for a specific Mentor or group will not be entertained; and
  • Due to the overwhelming number of applications Young ICCA expects to receive for this upcoming Programme, no feedback or comments shall be given to applicants who are not selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Mentoring Programme.


For questions, please contact the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Coordinators, David Kim and Maria Athanasiou at: mentoring@youngicca.org. Before you submit any questions, we kindly ask you to check that your question is not answered in the note from the Mentoring Coordinators concerning Cycle 4.



Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Buddies

The Buddy – an established arbitration practitioner and person actively involved in Young ICCA activities – acts as a liaison between the Mentor and Mentees, encouraging all parties to play active roles in the Programme. The Buddy works closely with the Mentor and Mentees to ensure that the logistics of meetings and activities are executed smoothly.

The responsibilities of a Buddy are as follows:

  • Be a full, active and available participant in the Mentoring Group meetings and activities.
  • Have the willingness and ability to organize events and activities in consultation with the Mentor and take initiative in doing so where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the strategic aims of the Programme by assisting the Mentor in planning the overall agenda for the calendar year.
  • Collaborate with the Mentor and Mentees to set up activities.
  • Communicate with Mentees regularly to ensure they are engaged in the Programme, and answer reasonable queries from Mentees regarding career development, arbitration practice and arbitration know-how.

Applications are open to practitioners who:

  • Are under 45 years.

  • Have a minimum of  3-5 years’ experience in the field of arbitration (e.g. employment with a law firm with participation in an arbitration practice; employment at a recognised arbitral institute; employment or link to an academic institution in the fields of arbitration/dispute resolution).


Apply to become a Buddy

Applicants must complete the following electronic form and then send their CV and a one-page letter of motivation to mentoring@youngicca.org. It is up to the applicants to ensure that they enter the correct information, particularly with respect to the region and country in which they expect to be based in the next two years, to the extent possible. 

Applications will close on 29 September 2017.

Please note that there will be no communication to applicants who have not been selected.
For questions, please contact the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Coordinators, David Kim and Maria Athanasiou at: mentoring@youngicca.org.


A note from the Mentoring Programme Coordinators concerning Cycle 4:

The Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Coordinators would like to thank everyone who applied for this year’s Mentoring Programme. This year’s Programme drew enormous interest, with over 300 applications received from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. In total, the applicants (i) represented 72 different nationalities, (ii) had an age range of 20 to 40 years old, and (iii) comprised of an equal gender balance. The Programme also drew applicants from various backgrounds including, but not limited to, trainees, junior, mid and senior level practitioners (some of whom are already well versed in international arbitration), government officials and academics. Of those who applied, over 70% were actively involved in ongoing arbitration matters, such as: (i) arbitrators and counsel in arbitration cases; (ii) case managers in arbitration institutions; (iii) interns in international arbitration groups; (iv) master students and other academics in international arbitration programmes; (v) participants in arbitration moots; and (vi) authors of arbitration related publications.

With the decision to stagger the Mentoring Programme cycles (i.e., switching to an annual programme), the numbers of available spots for this year was more limited for this cycle than in previous cycles. Regrettably, this resulted in the exclusion of many deserving candidates. Thus, after much deliberation, 56 applicants were chosen from 56 nationalities.

One of the main goals that the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme sets out to achieve is to include a broad diversity of participants which reflects a wide geographical distribution.  This goal mirrors the main tenet of Young ICCA, which is to “promote the use of arbitration by exposing new practitioners from all corners of the globe to the international practice of arbitration.” In this connection, the following criteria were used in evaluating each application: (i) gender diversity; (ii) region; (iii) nationality and whether the applicants were based in countr(ies) that are not strongly represented in international arbitration; (iv) possession of the necessary knowledge and training in international arbitration that indicates a true interest to participate fully in the Programme and desire to enter the field (i.e., studies, publications, moot court participation, internships or trainings, and/or practical or academic involvement in international arbitration); (v) availability of fewer opportunities, relative to other applicants that are already established in a developed arbitration environment, and can therefore greatly benefit from the Programme; (vi) in limited instances applicants who already possess junior positions in international arbitration practices were sometimes selected for the benefit of their co-mentees (i.e., creating further contacts, sharing experiences etc.). As such, we felt that it was important to acknowledge that special consideration was given to applicants from countries or regions that are underrepresented in the international arbitration sphere.

The Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Coordinators would like to emphasize that those who were unsuccessful in joining this year’s Young ICCA Mentoring Programme (or who were unable to submit an application) are encouraged to apply again in future cycles.

Finally, to the applicants that were accepted into this year’s Mentoring Programme, we congratulate you and hope that your experience in this Programme is an unforgettable one.