1st ILNU International Mediation Competition, 2021

INAUGURAL CEREMONY

The Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, ILNU is hosting the 1st International Mediation Competition from 5th March, 2021 to 7th March, 2021. The ADR Committee of ILNU has been trying to push the limits to educate the upcoming generation of legal professionals to comprehend the value of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism in this fast-paced era. This competition is an integral part of the same effort and is designed to foster the Practice of Mediation for effective dispute resolution by way of its application to a problem that bears relevance to the global scenario and to train students in the methods of alternative dispute resolution.

10:00 AM: The inaugural ceremony commences. It commenced with the introduction by the hosts Ms. Sanjhi Agarwal and Mst. Devashish Saxena. They briefed about the University, ADRC committee, and the Event (IMC’21).

10:10 AM: The hosts thanked all the guests and to the Director, ILNU Institute of Law, Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhriyal.

10:13 AM: Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhriyal motivated the participants and shared the knowledge about the importance of ADR mechanism and the imparted skills it require in the particular field.

10:15 AM: The hosts thanked our faculty coordinator; Ms. Nikita Shah.

10:20 AM: Mr. Tom Valenti welcomed all the participants, coaches and the acquaintances.

He briefed about the competition and enlightened the participants about ADR.

10:22 AM: Mr. Aled Davies wished all the students all the best and appreciated the efforts of the entire ADRC committee and Ms. Nikita Shah for organizing the event.

10:27 AM: The session was concluded by the hosts, the student convener Ms. Sanjhi Agarwal, ADRC Chairperson wished all the participants good luck for the competition.

10:29 AM: The inaugural ceremony hereby ends here and will be followed by a training session shortly.

 

TRAINING SESSION:

11:00 AM: The training session begins.

11:05 AM: Ms. Sanjhi Agarwal, the student convener explains the basic intricacies of the competition.

11:10 AM: Tom Valenti starts the discussion with the enthusiasts.

11:15 AM: The nod from the people present in the room explains it all.

11:18 AM: Mr. Valenti explains what basically ADR means.

11:30 AM: He goes on explaining: ADR or “Alternative Dispute Resolution” is an endeavour to devise machinery which ought to be fit for giving a contrasting option to the ordinary techniques for settling disputes between the parties. ADR aims to resolve the disputes of the litigants who are not able to come down to any negotiation or settlement. ADR initially began as a journey to discover answers for the confounding issue of the continually expanding load on the courts. It was an endeavor made by the lawmakers and judiciary alike to accomplish the constitutional goal of accomplishing Complete Justice.

11:50 AM: Mr. Valenti explains the roles of a negotiation team.

12:00 PM: ‘Argue your case but in the interest of the other party’, is precisely the important takeaway from the session.

12:10 PM: Discuss the BEST and WORST case scenarios- Mr. Valenti.

12:25 PM: Look for clues in the words of the mediator- Mr Valenti.

1:00 PM: The training session hereby ends.

 

TECHICAL TRAINING AND RULES BRIEFING SESSION:

2:00 PM: Tech training and rules briefing session has begun. A pin drop silence facades the room. Everyone’s keen attention to the speaker reminds me of the saying ‘May victory serve the worthy and may the light of knowledge grace us all’.

 

JUDGES BRIEFING:

3:00 PM: Judges briefing has started and the confidential information has been released.

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND 1:

4:00 PM: We’ll be starting off with the Rounds in few minutes. The Judges for the preliminary round of the 1st International Mediation Competition were briefed about the facts by the core members of the committee.

4:02 PM: The Preliminary Round 1 has begun now. Every participant poured their skills and knowledge into the competition. The melting ice broke and faded with the highly competitive atmosphere.

4:05 PM: The first problem given is a deal negotiation between two parties.

5:45 PM: The Preliminary Round 1 for the 1st International Mediation Competition has ended now. The highly competitive faces of the participants were clearly noticeable. Everyone gave in their best for the competition and awaits a desirable result as it’s rightly said that “in the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.”

5:48 PM: With this we’re done with the Day 1 of our IMC’21.

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often the real loser — in fees, and expenses, and waste of time. As a peace-maker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” – Abraham Lincoln.

 

DAY 2

PRELIMINARY ROUND 2:

Judges Briefing 

10:00 AM: The Judges for the Preliminary Round 2 of the 1st International Mediation Competition were briefed about the facts by the core members of the committee and the confidential information has been released.

11:00 AM: The Preliminary Round 2 has begun now.

 

RESULT OF PRELIMINARY ROUNDS:

2:30 PM: The result of the preliminary rounds 1&2 of the 1st International Mediation Competition is here.
The teams that have qualified for the quarter-finals are:

T – 21
T –  5
T – 19
T – 10
T –  6
T – 18
T –  1
T – 11

3:00 PM: The Judges for the Quarter Finals of the 1st International Mediation Competition were briefed about the facts by the core members of the committee and the confidential information has been released.

4:00 PM: We’ll be starting off with the Quarter Final Rounds in few minutes.

6:00 PM: The quarter-final rounds for the 1st International Mediation Competition has ended. The highly competitive faces of the participants were clearly noticeable. Everyone gave in their best for the competition. May victory serve the worthy and may the light of knowledge grace us all.

 

RESULT OF QUARTER FINAL ROUND:

8:00 PM: The result of the quarter-final round of the 1st International Mediation Competition is here.
The teams that have qualified for the semi-final round are:
T –  5
T – 21
T – 10
T – 11

 

DAY 3

SEMI-FINAL ROUND:

Judges Briefing

12:00 PM The Judges for the Semi-Final round of the 1st International Mediation Competition were briefed about the facts by the core members of the committee and the confidential information has been released.

1:00 PM: We’ll be starting off with the Semi Final Round in few minutes.

3:15 PM: The nail-biting atmosphere of the semi-final round of the 1st International Mediation Competition had everyone on the edge of their seats. The judges weren’t letting them off easily. They were placing hurdles, one after another although these hurdles weren’t enough to down their courage.

 

RESULT OF SEMI FINAL ROUND:

3:20 PM: The result of the Semi-final round of the 1st International Mediation Competition is here.
The teams that have qualified for the final round are:
T – 5
T – 21

All the best to the qualifying teams!

Judges Briefing

4:00 PM: The Judges for the Final round of the 1st International Mediation Competition were briefed about the facts by the core members of the committee and the confidential information has been released.

We wish all the luck to the participants for the Finals.

5:00 PM: We’ll be starting off with the Final in few minutes; the same will also stream live from YouTube as well. The teams that had made it to the final after so much hardship, that none were ready to give in for a moment and everyone just did an exceptional job.

6:00 PM: Final Round of 1st International Mediation Competition

The teams with glitter in their eyes and butterflies in their stomach have started their journey for the final round of the 1st International Mediation Competition. They utilized their every skill set and ability they possessed to compete and make it to victory.

May victory serve the worthy; we wish all the luck to them.

6:30 PM: After looking at the commendable performance from the participants, judges look impressed and a bit stressed about the marking, we’re awaiting the results.
Teams are quite stressed but are happy about how they managed to finally deliver their best shot. It seemed that the judges were least concerned about the lapse of time and were more interested in watching their competitive nature.

7:30 PM: Valedictory Ceremony

We are all set for the valedictory ceremony of our 1st INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION COMPETITION’21.

This COVID-19 situation has changed our way of living to a certain extent and still, we are adopting this new normal. There was a time when we used to gather for fests and go through the ups and downs together being there in the physical diaspora. But now we rather tend to hold meetings on online platforms and try going for the solution to all our problems virtually. Yet again it proved that no matter what, when there is a team working “together” no obstacles dare to come in front of their courage and sheer dedication.

We would like to thank each one of you who has contributed to this IMC’21 and raised it to a grand success. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our faculty coordinator Mrs. Nikita Shah and Prof. (Dr) Purvi Pokhriyal, Director, Institute of law Nirma University for giving us their valuable time and having faith in us for organizing such a big event via virtual mode.

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