Students from Israel’s College of Law and Business (CLB) in Ramat Gan are the 2017 champions of the annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, which was held earlier this month in Paris.

The ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition is an annual moot mediation contest that gathers university teams and mediators from around the world.

This year, 66 universities from 42 countries sent over 500 participants to the contest.

Participants mediate cases where there are moot business disputes between companies. Each of the cases presented in the competition are based on real disputes.

The Israeli students – Rachel Rhodes and Daniel Winer – not only won the contest, but did so, on their first try. It was the first time in the history of the competition that an academic institution making its debut, won first place.

“We never imagined that we could win the competition on our first try,” said Rhodes. “It was a great honor to represent Israel in a competition like this and receive such esteemed recognition.”

“We are talking about an unprecedented achievement by Rachel and Daniel and we are proud of them and congratulate them,” said College of Law and Business President Moshe Cohen-Eliya.

“Judges and arbitrators from around the world have contacted them with offers to practice and work with leading organizations around the world after being impressed by the skill and creativity they demonstrated throughout the competition. There can be no doubt that this award is recognition of the global activities of the CLB in this discipline and the doors that we open for students and graduates.”