ADR Competition AnnouncementsLaw School News

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

Call For PapersLaw School News

Center for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL), National Law University, Jodhpur is organizing the 3rd Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration, 2018. CARTAL seeks to promote research and scholarship in the field of arbitration and provide a platform for discussion of contemporary issues in the field. CARTAL also publishes a semi-annual journal, the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL). The IJAL is indexed on HeinOnline, Kluwer Arbitration and Westlaw. The 3rd Gary B. Born Essay Competition is being organised by CARTAL and IJAL. Organized with the patronage of Mr. Gary B. Born, the competition is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate or post-graduate programme in law in any recognised university across the world.

THEMES: Entries must be on one of the following themes:

I. Concerns of Legitimacy in Soft Law Application in International Arbitration

II. Finding the Interface between International Arbitration and Human Rights

III. Analysing the Overlap between International Arbitration and Technology


Ø  There is no registration fee for the competition.

Ø  The  competition  is  open  to  all  students  enrolled  in  an  undergraduate  or  post  graduate programme  in  law  (B.C.L.,  J.D.,  LL.B.,  LL.M.  or their  local  equivalent)  in  any  recognised university across the world. Students who have completed an above mentioned programme or their equivalent in 2018, and post graduate students who are selected for, and will be enrolled in any such programme for 2018-2019 are also eligible to participate.

Ø  To participate in the competition, interested students must e-mail a copy of their completed essays  to  by  2359  hours  on  August  31,  2018  (Indian Standard Time, GMT+5:30). Late submissions shall not be accepted under any circumstances whatsoever.

Ø  No part of the essay should contain any form of identification of the participant, and any such information, if detected, would lead to disqualification.


Ø  The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format (.doc/.docx).

Ø  The essay must contain an Abstract, not exceeding 250 words. The abstract must indicate the theme chosen.

Ø  A participant can submit an entry for one theme only.

Ø  Co-authorship is not permitted.

Ø  The word limit is 4500 – 6500 words including footnotes. Essays exceeding the maximum word limit will be penalised.

Ø  The essay must be accompanied by a separate document containing the following information about the participant:

–   Full name of the participant

–   Theme chosen

–   Participant’s current year of study and name of the degree pursued

–   Name and full address of the participant’s university

–   Name and full postal address of the participant

–   Phone number of the participant

–   E-mail ID of the participant

Ø  The essay must be original and bona fide work of the participant.

Ø  By entering the competition, the participants agree to indemnify the organisers from and against all claims, suits and damages based on any claim of copyright infringement or plagiarism or unauthorised use.

Ø  The essay shall be considered to be property of NLUJ, which reserves the right of publication of the same in any book, journal, or in any other manner as it may deem appropriate, without providing any royalty or compensation.

Ø  The essay should not be submitted for any other competition and/or for any other purposes. Any  further  publication  after  declaration  of  results  shall  only  be  pursued  after  express permission from the organisers.

Ø  The essay must be written in English.

Ø  Footnotes must follow The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Harvard, 20th Edition).