Indian Mediation Week which is officially supported by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and Supreme Court Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) in collaboration with the Lions Club International hosted the 'International Conclave on Conflict Resolution' on the 19th August 2018, at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.The conclave aimed to equip participants with the basics of theoretical and practical aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures and served as the pre launch event for the second edition of the Indian Mediation week.The event saw an enthusiastic participation of more than 1200 participants.
The event was graced by the presence of the chief guest Justice Soumen Sen of the Calcutta High court who spoke about the various kinds of conflicts pending in the courts and the necessity of Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms in resolving many of these disputes, like commercial and family disputes.He also gave the audience instances of complex legal disputes that were avoided due to mediation.
The keynote address for the program was delivered by noted Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, Mr Varun Gandhi. The overarching theme of the powerful speech was ‘India’s journey into the post- modern era’ which included insights into innovative solutions to deal with grass-root level inequality that affects the nation till date. The speech was followed by a question and answer session that was based on a wide range of issues like inequality, diversity, disinvestment in India etc.
The speakers for the sessions happened to be experts in the field of Arbitration, Mediation, Legal Aid, etc. Eminent Jurists, Lawyers, Diplomats, Academicians and Social activists and included Pranjal Sinha, Saira Shah Halim,Debaroopa Bhattacharya, educationist, Saswat, Gopal Mukherjee, public prosecutor, cCalcutta High Court, Dr. Sandeepa Bhatt, faculty, NUJS, Mr. Ashok Pareek,SREI,CEO, Dr. Sambhu Prasad Chakraborty, Mr. Avik Ghatak, advocate, Calcutta High Court among other notable speakers. The themes of the conference were centred around International Disputes and Resolution, National Disputes and Resolution, Gender based Conflicts and Resolution, Conflicts with regard to Personal Laws, Cyber Crime and Resolution, Conflicts due to press and the media, Conflicts with regard to companies, corporations and resolutions, arbitration, mediation, online Mediation, legal Aid, lok-adalat and para legal scheme.
The conclave also witnessed the felicitation of Akshetha Ashok who received the ‘Best Law Student Award’ from Mr. Feroze Varun Gandhi and the awards in the ‘Star Student’ category were won by and Dhubhrojyoti Bose and Anushka Mitra.
We wish the winners all the best for their future endeavours and would like to congratulate the team Indian Mediation Week on yet another successful effort taken in order to promote awareness on mediation