Bengaluru, Nov 14: The International conference on “The Future of Alternate Dispute Resolution: Prospects and Challenges 2022” was organized on November 12, which marked one of the watershed moments in the history of Alliance Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, School of law, Alliance University, Bengaluru. The objective was to provide a platform for discourse for the members from academia, industry, and students to encourage legal minds to discuss recent issues and the developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The event was graced by Justice Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi, judge, Orissa High Court as the chief guest, and Reshma Oogorah, international arbitrator & legal counsel, FCI Arb, Dubai, UAE and Dr Purvi Pokhariyal, campus director, National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar as the expert speakers. Abhay G Chebbi, pro-chancellor, Alliance University, Dr Anubha Singh, vice-chancellor, Alliance University and Dr Kiran Dennis Gardner, dean, Alliance School of Law, were also present at the inaugural of the event. The chief guest, Justice Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi launched the book ‘Future of Alternate: Prospects and Challenges’ during the inaugural ceremony. Marking its first edition, this book is a collection of selected papers presented at the conference.
Bringing in a practical approach and encouraging students to be more participative in litigation, the chief guest, Justice Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi spoke about the change in dynamics of litigation with Alternative Dispute Resolution in play. The expert speakers for the conference, Ms. Reshma Oogorah and Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal spoke at length about the relevance of ADR in contract management, by extension in business development, in terms of legal help, dispute avoidance and dispute containment, both at national and global level.
The Conference witnessed eight parallel technical sessions. Each of these sessions was chaired by the herein mentioned experts in the given order: Dr Swapnil Bangali, advocate & honorary director, Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai; Srinivasa K L, advocate and mediator, honorary secretary, CMAC (Centre for Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation), Bengaluru; Sahana Devanathan, senior associate, Indus Law; Rajesh C Muttath, independent legal services professional; Tariq Khan, registrar, International Arbitration: Mediation Centre, Hyderabad; Radhika Bishwajit Dubey, independent counsel, arbitrator, mediator, Delhi; Ria Dalwani, senior associate, Economic Law Practices; and Neeti Sachdeva, secretary general and registrar, Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration.
Eighty papers from twenty-six institutions across twelve States were presented at the conference bringing up issues in terms of challenges, limitations, and developments across all aspects of the Alternative Dispute Redressal mechanism. The knowledge assimilating sessions converged at the end with the Valedictory session wherein Dr. Nivedita Mishra, Registrar, Alliance University and Dr. Swapnil Bangali, Advocate & Honorary Director, Maharashtra National Law University presided over the event and provided participants with certificates of appreciation.
Tannraju Venkatasoran, Gowthami Gowda, V Suryanarayan Raju, Suhani Dube, Mehak Vohra, Vaishnavi Rastogi, Avisha Pawar, Jayanthi Bai, Anjali Nair, and Dr Mishra Bahmani were awarded with the ‘Best Presenter’ certificates for their respective sessions. Jayanthi Bai and Dr Aradhana Satish Nair were awarded the ‘Best Researcher’ certificates.
The Sessions were co-chaired by faculty of Alliance School of Law, Dr B S Reddy; Dr Smita Satapathy; Dr Rashmi K S; Dr Devaiah N G; Dr Abhishek Srivastava; Dr Puja Paul Srivastava; Dr Amit Bhaskar; and Dr Dunia Prince Zongwe. The vote of thanks was proposed by the Prof Vishal Ranaware, the faculty co-ordinator for the conference. The enthusiastic participation from all sectors and the furtherance of necessary dialogue across all issues of ADR made the conference a success.