UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws team places 3rd at Herbert Smith Freehills-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition

6 October 2022

UCL Laws students Nikki Marashi and Mette Gutjahr represented UCL Laws at the major international negotiation competition, which took place at the National Law University, Delhi in India.

Nikki Marashi and Mette Gutjahr taking part in the negotiation competition

On 9-11 September 2022, law students from India and across the globe assumed the roles of international lawyers negotiating legal problems based on real life examples. 26 teams from seven different countries took part, including Australia, India, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the UK.

This year saw the return of the competition after a two-year break due to the pandemic. The Faculty co-funded the UCL Laws students to attend the competition, who placed 3rd overall.

Four people sitting around a desk and talking, with three judges sitting and watching

Mette Gutjahr, 3rd year LLB Dual Degree English and German Law student, said:

"I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to represent UCL at the NLU-HSF International Negotiation competition. The competition has definitely been a highlight for me! Competing with and getting to know the international competitors not only improved my cultural sensitivity and adaptability while negotiating but was also very enriching on a personal level. I would highly recommend other students to participate in negotiation competitions - not only are they great fun, but they also provide you with so many incredible experiences and real-life skills that will prove helpful in the future - be it in law, politics or business."

Nikki Marashi, 3rd year LLB student, said:

"The NLU-HSF competition was the most impactful competition in my negotiation experience thus far. Representing UCL on an international scale was an amazing opportunity – however, the chance to understand cultural differences and how to navigate these dynamics with international teams was invaluable. The skills that I gained from this experience will help me outside of competitions as I have gained a deeper insight into working with individuals who have different objectives and strategies, and how to reach a common understanding."

UCL Laws would like to congratulate Nikki and Mette on their excellent performance at the competition! 

Nikki Marashi and Mette Gutjahr standing beside a banner which text: "HSF-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition 9-11 September 2022"