Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi) are pleased to invite you to the fourth edition of the HSF-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition (INC) to be held on 8-10 September 2017 in Delhi. The competition aims at providing an opportunity to law students of top universities across the globe to practice and improve their negotiation skills. It provides a platform for students to compete in a truly diverse and an international environment. The competition is carefully structured to simulate legal negotiations particularly for those students who aspire to be international lawyers.
Students participating in the competition will assume the roles of International lawyers in negotiating a series of legal problems. The problems will be based on real life examples and will comprise a common set of facts known to all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side.INC is an invitation only competition.

Structure of the competition: Over 30 teams are expected to participate in the competition. There will be two preliminary rounds. Qualifying teams will then proceed to the advanced rounds, which will be knock-out rounds. The final round will take place between the winners of the advanced rounds. Each round will consist of a 60 or 90 minute negotiation session, which may be extended at the discretion of the judges, to make it akin to a real life experience.

Team composition: Each team will consist of two students.

Eligible students: All students who are enrolled in a full-time law degree (undergraduate or post-graduate) as on 1 September 2017 will be eligible to participate.

University representation: Only one team per University will be allowed to participate in the competition.

15 June 2017 Release of the problems/negotiation simulations
15 July 2017 Deadline for seeking clarifications
1 August 2017 Submission of the negotiation plan
8 September 2017 Registration and welcome address
9-10 September 2017 Preliminary and advanced rounds
10 September 2017 Finals and awards ceremony

The participants will be informed sufficiently in advance if there is any change in the schedule.

Judging: Each round is judged by a panel of one to three judges. Judges will include renowned lawyers and academicians.

Prizes: All participants will receive certificates of participation. The winners will receive a trophy to be held in their university and each member of the winning team will receive a cash prize. The runners-up will also receive a trophy and cash prize. There will be an award for the best negotiator and the best negotiation plan. A spirit of the competition award will also be given to the team that best displays the qualities of good negotiation.


Registration fees: A registration fee of INR 3,000 per team will be charged, to be paid upon arrival at NLU Delhi.

Travel expenses and accommodation: Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel expenses. NLU Delhi will provide accommodation to the participants on the days of the competition for no costs.

Registration: Once you have confirmed participation, you will be requested to provide the team details. Indian visa: International teams are recommended to apply for the Indian visa at least 4-6 weeks before the competition dates. The Indian visa requirements will vary from country-to-country, thus it is advisable to visit the Indian embassy’s/consulate’s website in your country for further details. India has recently started the TVOA facility (Tourist visa on arrival) for select countries.

For further information about the competition,
please contact Daniel Mathew ([email protected]).