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IFIM-PACT Two-day Workshop on Consensual Dispute Resolution

September 17th-18th, 2018

Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell (ADR Cell) of IFIM Law School, a student run body functioning under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Apoorvi Shrivastava in association with The Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution Team (PACT), organised a boot camp on Consensual Dispute Resolution (CDR) on 17th-18th September 2018

The PACT as an organisation is a team of like-minded professionals who share the vision of promoting the use of consensual dispute resolution (CDR). As a collective, The PACT aims to catalyse the development of CDR in India and abroad through its innovative initiatives like ILS-PACT Mediation Competition, Advocate Maximus, Global Academy for Advocacy in Dispute Resolution etc. Their mission is to spread across geographical boundaries and stereotypes and take Consensual Dispute Resolution to every corner of this globe.

In the two days of the brainstorming and scintillating workshop, the participants were given the basics of what differentiates litigation from CDR and an overview of the benefits. Multiple role-plays with real-life problems, allowing the participants to get a feel of what a real CDR session may or is most likely to entail.

The trainers Mr. Jonathan Rodrigues and Mr. Nisshant Laroia, accredited mediators from Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, listed with Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation; disseminated basics of the negotiation process to the participants whilst going into the details of what should happen during a negotiation with multiple live demo sessions. They informed the students with practical examples and videos of various techniques of negotiation and neutral facilitation and how to tackle difficult negotiators.

Mr. Jonathan Rodrigues is currently posted as the World Mediation Organization’s (WMO) Continental Advisor for Asia. He is also the development officer for Asia with the SCMA (London). Based on his experience, he also focused onto explaining the legal context of mediation/conciliation in India and thereby concentrating on what skills are required by a mediator thus, making him different from a conciliator.

Finally, to end of the session, trainers went into the intricacies of the scope of consensual dispute resolution and discussed about various opportunities available for those who interested in this line of practice.

Participation and feedback received about the workshop was highly positive and overwhelming. The unique blend of theoretical and practical aspects and learning by fun was really appreciated. Everyone in unison agreed that the workshop was highly useful, and they will look forward to various such activities organized by IFIM Law School.

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