MEDIATION AND NEGOTIATION COMPETION AT WBNUJS…..A REPORT!!!
September 20, 2019
“An ounce of Mediation is worth a pound of Arbitration and a ton of Litigation.”- Joseph Grynbaum.
With the growing need and scope of ADR, it has become the desire and passion of the young budding lawyers to work and enhance their skills in the field of ADR and with the same motive and desire, students of Lloyd Law College participated in the 1st Mediation and Negotiation Competition organised at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) from 28th Feb to 3rd March. Total of 26 teams from 19 colleges participated in the event (Name of the colleges are mentioned below). The 4 day competition began on 28th Feb by the process of On-Spot Registration and an Orientation programme. The chief guest of the orientation session was Andrew Goodmen who introduced the students about the features and scope of mediation. With the introductory speech of Andrew Goodmen, the day came to an end. The main competition began from 1st March,2019. The students were a bit nervous but more enthusiastic for the race in which they were going to compete.
There were 3 rounds in the Preliminary. Each round was divided into two sessions and a day consisted of 3 sessions which means and thus the preliminary rounds continued till 2 days i.e., 1st and 2nd March. Each team participated with a total member of three, one mediator, one client and one counsel. There were two main exciting twists in the Preliminary Rounds. First was the Confidential Information which was released 30 minutes before the beginning of the competition. The confidential information was separate for each parties and was unrevealed to the mediator till the Caucus session during the competition. The confidential information cleared the basic concepts of the parties and also paved the way for the parties to deal their issues on their side. The second interesting thing was that of Switching of Roles which means that in the 3 rounds of Preliminary, each student had to participate as a mediator, a client as well as counsel. Now, this switching of roles played a very crucial role in deciding the result as its very difficult for a single person to play all the three roles equally. One more important thing in the 2 days was the Feedback Session which was open for all the teams on each day after the event.
With so many leaps and bounds, the 3rd day came to an end with a Break night Party. The results of the Preliminary rounds were announced late night at 12. Four teams qualified from Negotiation Section. They were UPES Dehradun, GLC Mumbai, NLU Jodhpur, NALSAR Hyderabad. Four individual members qualified as Mediators.
The Semi Final and Final rounds was scheduled to be held on 3rd March. NALSAR Hyderabad and UPES Dehradun qualified for the final rounds. The final rounds began in the second half of the day. The non-qualifying teams even showed their keen interest in witnessing the final rounds and to cheer up the finalists. The final rounds were changed by a panel of 5 member highly qualified judges in the field of Law and Mediation.
With a very smooth but brainstorming session of around 90 minutes, the final rounds came to an end. The results were announced in the Valedictory Ceremony held on the same day.
NALSAR Hyderabad grabbed the prize of winner where as UPES Dehradun took the title of Runner Up in the Negotiation section. And Abdullah from NLU Jodhpur won the prize of the Best Mediator and with this the event came to an end.
Overall the event was successful in almost all of its aspects. All the participating teams learned and enjoyed the event to its full extent. Also, we hope to participate again in such type of events.
Similarly at Lloyd Law College in 2019 the SAARC Law Mooting Competition and Students Conference and Judges Colloquium where teams from across the SAARC nations participated was held at Lloyd Law College, Top 10 law colleges in India, in February and where 18 teams participated was successfully wrapped up.
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