The Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell (ADR Cell) established under the auspices of National Law University, Jodhpur, India is pleased to announce “The First NLUJ Deal Mediation Competition, 2019” from March 8 to 10, 2019, in association with  Centre For Mediation And Conciliation (an initiative of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry), supported by Nishith Desai Associates, Indian Arbitration Forum, The Negotiation Academy and Global Academy for Advocacy in Dispute Resolution and Bridge Mediation, and knowledge and research partners, SCC Online and Eastern Book Company.

Deal mediation is a format that will help students understand interest-based negotiation in a new and unique way. Deal Mediation is most aptly described as “mediation without a dispute”. The role of a mediator in Deal Mediation is not just to facilitate conversation and encourage interest-based negotiation, but to be more pro-active and employ the process of mediation to maximize value for the Negotiators and those whom they represent. The Negotiators will have the opportunity to test their negotiation skills in a non-conflict environment to secure their interests and at the same time negotiate the finer details of the deal to prevent future conflict and preserve relationships.


In order to encourage maximum learning, registrations will be invited from Law universities/colleges/institutes around the country for a maximum of two teams consistingof three students each who will be required to fulfil the role of Client, Counsel and Mediator in one preliminary round each. After three preliminary rounds, the four teams with the highest cumulative team scores in each category will qualify to the semi finals as either a negotiation team or a mediation team or both.


Awards will be given to Winners and Runners-up in the Mediator and Negotiation category and, Best team, Best Mediator and Second Best Mediator, Best Client-Counsel pairand Second Best Client-Counsel pair in the preliminary rounds.

Prizes include internships with Nishith Desai Associates and Centre for Mediation and Conciliation, cash awards upto INR 40,000, trophies and books.

Winners would also be entitled to discounts on ADR courses conducted by The Negotiation Academy.


Participation in this tournament is through invitation only, but any Law universities/colleges/institutes may apply for an invite by sending an e-mail to expressing their desire to participate. Participation shall be limited to 32 teams and allotment of a second slot to interested universities shall be based on the first round of registration.

Registration Fee

The registration fee per participant is set at INR 3000 which is inclusive of accommodation, food and a pre-competition training session pertaining to Deal Mediation.

Important Dates

Deadline for registration: February 8, 2019

Last date for payment of fee: February 8, 2019

Release of Mediation Problems: To be announced

Contact Details

Official correspondence:

ADR Cell e-mail:

Tournament co-ordinators:

Ms. Varsha Manoj: +917073047788

Ms. Prakrati Shah: +919610169968

Mr. Kushagra Agarwal: +917568842587

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