Applications Now Open for the 10th Cycle of the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme
The Young ICCA Mentoring Programme provides Young ICCA Members with the opportunity to be mentored by eminent arbitration specialists within the ICCA Community. Applications are now open for the tenth cycle, which will commence in 2023 and will run for 2 years. The deadline for applications is 23:59 (CEST) on Wednesday 31 August 2022.
Are you interested in applying to the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme as a Mentee or a Group Advisor? Please review the below information carefully and then submit your application. We look forward to hearing from you!
What is the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme?
The Young ICCA Mentoring Programme is the first structured mentoring programme within the international arbitration community. It provides Young ICCA Members with the opportunity to be mentored by eminent arbitration specialists within the ICCA Community. Mentees are organized into groups of 3-5 and assigned to a "Mentor" – a senior arbitration expert – and a "Group Advisor" (formerly known as a "Buddy") – an established mid-level arbitration practitioner. Together, the Mentor, Group Advisor and Mentees form a "Mentoring Group".
Each Mentoring Group works together for two years. During this period, the Mentor and Group Advisor will be available to each of the Mentees in their group 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, Group Advisor and Mentee – and possible activities for each Mentoring Group are available here.
Applying to be a Mentee: Who should apply and how?
All current Young ICCA members are eligible to apply to become Mentees in the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme. The programme is best suited to young professionals interested in international arbitration. In selecting Young ICCA Members for participation in the 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. Applicants must have completed an initial law degree by the time they start the Programme (though may be advanced students, e.g. pursuing an LLM or PhD).
Due to the overwhelming number of applications Young ICCA receives for the Programme, it is up to the applicants to ensure that they enter the correct information in the application form, particularly with respect to the region and country in which they will be based over the next two years, to the extent that this is known.
As the Mentoring Programme can only accommodate a limited number of Mentees, the applicant’s letter of motivation plays an important part in the selection process. The letter of motivation will assist the Programme Coordinators to identify candidates who demonstrate commitment and motivation and to match them with the most suitable Mentors and Group Advisors.
- Applications received after the deadline of 23:59 (CEST) on Wednesday 31 August 2022 will not be accepted under any circumstances;
- Incomplete applications will be disregarded;
- No special accommodation shall be made to successful applicants, i.e., any 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 shall be given to applicants who are not selected to participate in the 2023-2024 Mentoring Programme.
Applying to be a Group Advisor: Who should apply and how?
Group Advisors must be under 45 years old and should 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).
Group Advisor applicants must complete an electronic form (below). 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 received after the deadline of 23:59 (CEST) on Wednesday 31 August 2022 will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- Incomplete applications will be disregarded.
If you have any queries, please contact the Mentoring Programme Co-Directors at email@example.com.