The Negotiation Competition is a simulation of a negotiation process between two parties. For this purpose, two teams consisting of two law students each presenting a client or a party negotiate a legal dispute. All negotiations will be held in English. These simulations will be observed and evaluated by a panel of three judges, who shall be legal practitioners allowing participants to obtain advanced skills in the field of negotiation and exercise public speaking.
Local ELSA groups organise rounds on the local level. The local winning team qualifies for the National final round that is hosted by ELSA Germany. Finally, the National winning team enters the International Negotiation Competition, which is organized, sponsored and administered by the American Bar Association on an annual basis and usually held in July.