TWO-DAY BOOT CAMP ON MEDIATION ADVOCACY by Accords International, ADR Cell, MAIMS, and Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI)

Mediation as a mainstream dispute-resolution mechanism is now gaining traction across the world. Judicial as well as legislative initiatives in India, as has been observed, are proving to be potent actions steering the mediation drive in India. Recent amendments in the Commercial Courts Act, 2015 under section 12A mandated pre-litigation mediation in commercial matters where urgent interim relief is not required. Further, High Courts and District Courts across the country have already been serving as firm believers in the process of mediation and therefore, advocating Med-Arb practices in all arbitrable matters. Even the Bar Council of India, the nodal agency regulating the legal profession, has introduced Mediation and Conciliation as a compulsory course/training in LLB programs.

With such watershed developments in the legal system, the organizations, working in dispute resolution and law schools bear a significant duty of promoting mediation practice and advocacy as part of their professional skill development training and capacity-building activities.

With this intent Accords International has partnered with the ADR cell of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management Studies, GGSIP University.

About Accords International
Accords International (AcIn) is the world’s premier organization working in conflict resolution. We are passionate about discovering innovative techniques in mediation and restorative justice for widening their scope as a mechanism of conflict resolution. AcIn empowers and supports people in confronting misunderstandings and conflicts in their homes, workplace, and community in general. Our larger aim is to create a wider network of conflict resolution professionals, mediators, and restorative justice facilitators to provide better solutions for solving disputes without going to court.

ADR Cell, MAIMS
Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell is an initiative of the Department of Law, MAIMS as part of clinical legal education, that essentially engages in creating awareness amongst students about ADR mechanisms in the field of the legal profession and making them adept with the requisite skill set in its practice. Our objective is primarily twofold. First, to inculcate necessary values and second, to provide them with apposite opportunities that harness and refines the professional skills of students. It comprises student team members that conduct workshops, certificate courses and internal/National competitions related to ADR.

About the 2-Day Bootcamp
This 2-day Boot Camp is being organized for informing students about Mediation Advocacy. This will be a capacity building and skill development workshop scheduled from 10th January 2023 – 11th January 2023 (Zoom). Students will be introduced with the concept of advocacy skills required for mediation practice by experienced and seasoned practitioners of Mediation in India as well as abroad. Following are the details of the program

  • Orientation session for students by experts in India and outside India.
  • Reading material on mediation, negotiation styles, and active listening.
  • Negotiation Exercise Role Plays

Day 1
Day 1 will be dedicated to the international landscape in the field of Mediation and the role of advocates in that area. The session expert on day 1 will talk about ‘Soft Skills needed by Advocates in a Mediation Proceeding’. This session will deal with Mediation Advocacy from the point of view that explains how advocates can support their clients and aid the mediation process.
Along with this, the students will be given an opportunity to do an exercise on active listening. They’ll be able to identify the feelings, emotions, facts, and issues involved in a conversation/discussion after this. We are inviting Mr. Vic Schachter, founder and president of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI).

Day 2
Day 2 will be dedicated to the Indian Mediation landscape. It will be dedicated to improving the negotiation skill of the advocates who play an important role in making the process of Mediation successful. The session is designed to give the attendees strategies, tools, and skills they need to succeed in their negotiations in a collaborative manner. Also, this session will teach participants a systematic process for approaching any kind of negotiation. The participants will be given a Negotiation exercise at the end. This will help them to practice a mack negotiation and learn from their peers.

Both days will involve 2 hours sessions each. These sessions will be conducted on a virtual platform- Zoom. This will also aid us in training future dispute resolution professionals in online dispute resolution.

Dates- January 10&11, 2023
Time- January 10, 2023 (08:30 pm-10:30 pm IST)
January 11, 2023 (08:00 pm-10:00 pm IST)

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