uOttawa Team Delivers Outstanding Performance at International Negotiation Competition

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017

Web banner of Emily Kostandoff and Raya Sidhu

The Faculty of Law is pleased to report that the University of Ottawa Negotiation Team finished in second place at the 2017 International Negotiation Competition (INC) in Oslo, Norway, which took place from June 26 to July 1, 2017.

The International Negotiation Competition is the oldest and most renowned competition focusing on international legal negotiation for law students. Team members Emily Kostandoff and Raya Sidhu, fresh off their first place finish at the Canadian National Negotiation Competition, competed against 32 teams from 27 countries during the six-day competition. Each team competed in four rounds of negotiations, and final rankings were based on cumulative scores from all rounds. Given their strong overall performance, Raya and Emily secured second place.

Raya and Emily received positive feedback from the judges after each of the four rounds of competition. After the second round against South Korea, the team was commended for their ability to quickly take control of the pace and agenda of the negotiation. After the third round, a multi-party negotiation against teams from Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland, one judge commented that the team reached the best possible outcome for their fictional client.

After emphasizing the importance of non-verbal communication, one judge told Emily that she demonstrated the best body language the judge has seen in the competition. Further, Raya was commended for her ability to aptly use legal principles as a guidepost to advance their position. In each round of competition, the judges commented on Emily and Raya's excellent teamwork.

“We would not have had the opportunity to participate in this enriching experience without the generous support of Dentons Ottawa and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law,” said Kostandoff and Sidhu. “Our coaches, Sean Del Giallo and Fraser Mackinnon Blair, associates at Dentons Ottawa, prepared us very well for both the national and international competitions, and we are grateful for the countless hours they’ve contributed to help us reach this outcome.”


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Raya Sidhu (left) and Emily Kostandoff outside the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Norway.


Emily and Raya, who both graduated from the Faculty this spring, will look to build on this experience as they embark on their legal careers. They also plan on maintaining and cultivating the relationships they established during their time in Norway.

“The INC provided us with an excellent opportunity not only to hone our negotiation skills but also to meet other law students from all around the world. We plan on staying in touch with our new friends and hope to visit them in their home countries in the future.”

Congratulations to Raya and Emily on their performance!


2017 International Negotiation Competition Participants

INC 2017 participants following a day of master classes on cross-cultural negotiation.


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