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The Copenhagen Competition is an international negotiation competition in which students from all over the world simulate real multilateral negotiations. Previously, it was limited to law students, however, in light of the current trends in research and scholarship aiming to break down the barriers between different scientific areas, the competition is now truly inter-disciplinary and is linked in with the 2014 IARU Congress on Sustainability Science which takes place immediately after the competition. The competition will run from October 20-21, 2014 and the IARU Congress on October 22-24, 2014.  The topic changes every year and is chosen in collaboration with senior officials from international organizations like the WTO.


This year’s topic is the Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement (SETA).

The Copenhagen Competition was originally launched during the IARU Congress in the run-up to COP15 in 2009 where the students negotiated their version of the post-Kyoto Agreement. Since then, there have been editions focusing on Access to Medicine and Access to Food.

In 2010 the competition was on Access to Medicines and in 2011 on Access to Food.

Past winners

  • 2009: National University of Singapore
  • 2010: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2011: University of Cape Town