The Times of India | Bhopal
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BHOPAL: Beginning Saturday, 32 teams from 29 colleges of India and abroad will compete for top honours at the 2nd international mediation competition at the National Law Institute University, (NLIU) Bhopal. The three-day competition will end on Oct 14.
The competition was inaugurated on Friday. It is the second consecutive year when the NLIU, Bhopal is hosting the event. It is hosted in association with International Academy Alternative Dispute Resolution (INADR), a leading international organization on mediation. As part of this association, INADR holds a capsule training session for all teams before the start of the competition.
A mediation session is where parties mutually agree to resolve their disputes through talking and a discussion-based model.
Convener, Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell (ADRC), NLIU, Prateek Mishra said, the aim of the competition is to arrive at a solution that is mutual and does not compromise much with the aims of either party.
“There is a lot of scope for out-of-the-box thinking, real life solutions, creativity, even theatrics, without going into the legal hassles of procedure and lots of paper work,” he said.
There will be three cash prizes-best overall team, best advocate and client pair and best mediator of Rs 30,000, 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.
NLIU director, professor SS Singh, NLIU, President of INADR, H Case Ellis, secretary INADR, Tom Valenti and administrator Meghann Sweeney attended the inaugural ceremony earlier during the day. Prof Singh suggested that the problems based on real life situations be incorporated in the competition to make the experience richer.
The ceremony was followed by a training workshop for all students. The members of INADR addressed the doubts of the students with respect to mediation and also gave important suggestions on improving the mediation skills. T he entire process of mediation was discussed at length.
The competition rounds are to begin from Saturday. The final round is scheduled to be organised on Sunday.