After a night of fun, the participants and judges were all set to kick off the last set of preliminary rounds for day three of the 7th edition of NLIU-INADR ILSMT on 25 November 2018. The judges and participants tackled a dispute involving a religious sect’s ritualistic animal sacrifice, which the community opposed. The focal challenge was in the capability of the participants to strike a fine balance between not undermining religious sentiments while ensuring community health and safety.
The participants eagerly awaited the results which, for some, could be the golden ticket to the finals. During the wait, Dr. Kimberly Schrieber, Cezary Rogula and John James Samuel held a workshop titled “You Have No Idea How Much You Mediate Everyday”. In the workshop, the judges delved into some lesser-known mediation techniques which could help inexperienced mediators find amicable and advantageous solutions in daily life. The judges explained the importance of understanding the intricacies of disputes and devised methods for dealing with any kind of adversary. The workshop concluded with the announcement of teams that qualified to the finals.
The finals were comprised of two sets of negotiation rounds. The rounds were based on a dispute between two reputed cardiologists that cost one of them his job in a very prestigious hospital. The first set of the final mediation rounds was judged by a panel constituting of Tom Valenti, Kimberly Schrieber and R.S. Rathore. The claimants in this round were the Government Law College of Mumbai and the respondents were the Symbiosis Law School of Pune, mediated by West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences of Kolkata and V.M. Salgaocar College of Law of Pune. The second set was judged by Anita Mall, Case Ellis and Cezary Rogula. The claimants in this round were the Indian Law School of Pune and the respondents were the National Law University of Orissa, mediated by National Law University of Jodhpur and Institute of Law Nirma University.
In both of the final sets of mediation rounds, the participants were successful at arriving at a mutually-favourable solution, which demonstrates the parties’ abilities to reach a mutual resolution in a matter of hours.
The most awaited moment of the tournament arrived as the results of the finals were declared. The Institute of Law of Nirma were the overall winners of the tournament. The EBC Spirit of the Tournament award was given to the University of Peradeniya of Sri Lanka. The Institute of Law Nirma was also announced the best Mediator team, while the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences of Kolkata won the Best Individual Mediator Award.
The Indian Law School of Pune was awarded the Best Advocate-Client Team and the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies of Dehradun took home the Best Advocate-Client Pair Award.
Congratulations to all! Winners received exciting prizes ranging from discounts on online courses to exclusive access to esteemed legal data repositories. The Awards Ceremony came to a close with words of wisdom imparted by Director of NLIU, V. Vijay Kumar and Case Ellis.
The tournament could not have been pulled off without the generous contribution of our collaborators, the cooperation of the judges and participants, and the invaluable aid and assistance given by the student body of NLIU. The efforts of NLIU-ADRC and INADR have culminated the rediscovery of mediation!
Written by Anoushka Ishwar, Sana Sarosh & Ishita Singh
The team consists of ADRC members, Anoushka and Sana Sarosh who are both second year B.A.L.L.B. (Hons.) students of NLIU. They were assisted by Ishita Singh, a first year B.A.L.L.B. (Hons.) student of NLIU.