Marangaroo: ECU law student wins mediation award


Law student Concetta Macri with law co-ordinator Krishna Prasad.
Law student Concetta Macri with law co-ordinator Krishna Prasad.

MARANGAROO law student Concetta Macri has won an international mediation competition in Hong Kong.

The 23-year-old Edith Cowan University student was awarded the Colin J Wall Award for best mediator at the Young International Mediation Competition.

She was part of a group from the university competing against other law students from around the world and beat representatives from seven other universities to win the accolade.

“It was amazing because it was such a stressful week,” she said.

“I don’t really get nervous but I got nervous over there.”

Ms Macri said it was a fantastic experience, consisting of two nine-hour days of training from international mediators and several days of competition.

“I thought it was really good because we don’t get mediation training at uni and it’s an integral part of the court process,” she said.

“It was a lot of new learning and a completely different way of thinking about law.”

Though aspiring to become a criminal lawyer once she finishes her double degree in law and criminality and justice late next year, Ms Macri said she now believed mediation could be a future option.

“I look at it now and it’d be a great pathway to something I could do in my career,” she said.

School of Business and Law academic co-ordinator Krishna Prasad coached one of the university’s two teams and said it was outstanding for them.

“The competition provides a series of unique experiences in practical business and legal issues that give our students a unique perspective on commercial law in action,” he said.

“This kind of experience is invaluable for students hoping for a career in law.”