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Centre of Excellence on Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Centre of Excellence on Alternative Dispute Resolution, namely “CADR” is a functional unit under the overall aegis of Faculty of Law, MRU. The Centre is established with a purpose of conducting and promoting research and generating and disseminating knowledge in the field of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The CADR not only conducts training programs and workshops, but also runs simulation exercises to settle disputes through arbitration, mediation and other allied mechanisms. The training workshops are designed and curated to suit the requirements of the participants, interested in practicing ADR mechanism. The Centre of Excellence is committed to advance the objectives for which it is constituted, in the interest of the University and requirements of the legal system of the country.
To establish a research and clinical facility on various aspects of ADR that will undertake cutting edge in ADR research, skill building sessions, and provide professional services.
- Research – Undertakes institutional research, consultancy and advisory projects.
- Training – Training Programs, meticulously designed and developed by experts
- Skill Development – Promotes ADR skill development among students of Manav Rachna University in general and law students in particular through short term courses.
- Collaborations – Tie-ups and professional linkages with industry, professionals and government agencies, within and outside India.
- Information Creation – building data base relating to ADR Law & Policy and Tools & techniques.
- Exchange of Information – Effective forum for exchange of information and knowledge among various stakeholders through conferences, seminars and expert talks.
The Centre of Excellence namely “Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution” is established with following objectives–
- To pursue research and publications in the field of ADR;
- To undertake consultancy, advisory and advocacy projects;
- To train, develop and cultivate core group of ADR experts in India, capable of employing alternative resolution mechanisms, to the disputes of national and international nature;
- To provide an effective forum for exchange and analysis of ideas and information between industry, professionals, trade associations, government agencies and academia;
- To support the academic pursuits of the Faculty of Law, with research and practical training;
To explore and enter into collaborations and tie ups with national and international organizations and agencies, such as International Court of Arbitration as part of ICC, Paris, SIAC, SIMC KDLC, to name but few, in furtherance of the objectives of the Center.
The following functions may be performed by the Centre. The functions stated below are not exhaustive and are inclusive in nature.
- To conduct research in identified areas and publish papers
- To undertake institutional Research Projects
- To take up external consultancy and advisory projects
- To conduct outreach programmes for Awareness and Sensitization in the form of Workshops, seminars, Guest lectures, Roundtables, Conferences etc.
- To conduct Executive Development programs,Diploma and Certificate courses & other training sessions
- To enter into Tie ups and collaborations with domestic and international partners.
- To build functional and professional linkages with Industry, professionals, government agencies and other organizations within and outside India.
- To facilitate PG and UG students into ADR mechanisms, with the help of research and practical training through live proceedings and simulation exercises
- To create knowledge data base, focusing, inter alia, on Law and Policy, decided cases and case studies etc.
Following organizational structure may be put in place. It may be expanded as per the requirements.
- Advisory Board for the Centre
- Executive Committee
- Shall lead the vision, mission and activities of the Center
- Shall be a person having expertise in the field of ADR and/ or law.
- Research Staff, including
- Research Associates
- Research Scholars
- Project Assistants
Constituted an executive committee having renowned arbitrators at international and International levels.
Prof. Jose P. Verghese
Advocate, Arbitrator (Member Secretary)
Ratan K. Singh
Advocate, Arbitrator & Founder Chairman, Society of Construction Law, India
Mediator & Advocate, Delhi High Court
Partner, Khaitan& Co.
Head of Chambers, BlackRobe Chambers and Court Member (India), ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Founder & Managing Partner, PSL Chambers
Head of Global Litigation, Nishith Desai Associates
Advocate , Arbitrator
CADR Plenary Hall, Three CADR rooms, CADR library.
International Conference on Dispute Resolution
1 st Asia-Pacific Maritime Arbitration Moot Court Competition, 2020 (in collaboration with SCMA)
*Dates may change
The first session was conducted by Advocate AVS Subramanyum, who has more than 19 years of arbitration experience, especially with Public Sector Undertakings under international contractual regimes. With the conceptual framework that ADR has been a significant part of India’s ancient judicial dispense mechanism, Advocate Subramanyum took the participants on a journey of international evolution of ADR mechanism. A large part of his workshop touched upon the practical relevance of ADR practices in the light of socio-legal conundrums emerging from the interaction between traditional litigation, the pendency of cases and rigid justice enforcement systems in India. A mixed batch of law students and faculty members affiliated with CADR were stimulated by the role-play exercises and in-depth legal analysis of ADR regime in India from an international perspective. CADR plans to conduct such workshops regularly which would foster CADR vision’s to become the first of its kind training and research institute on ADR in India.
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