The 3rd Edition of International Dispute Resolution Competition, Lex Infinitum 2018, hosted by VM Salgaocar College of Law (VMSCL), in collaboration with the World Mediation Organisation (WMO), Berlin, concluded on Saturday after four days of rigorous activity.
The closing ceremony, held at Marriott, Miramar, started off with Dr Sandhya Ram, director of Lex Infinitum 2018, welcoming the gathering and introducing chief guest Justice Nutan D Sardessai, judge at High Court of Bombay at Goa.
Justice Nutan Sardessai congratulated the organisers for their initiative to propagate the idea of mediation as a mode of dispute resolution across the country. “Mediation was a mere flicker of light in the Indian legal system”, she stated, “but is now growing and becoming more prominent.”
Comparing the results of mediation with that of litigation, she expressed that unlike producing one winner and one loser through the process of courts, mediation gives rise to a win- win situation and provides great solace to litigants who await and yearn for court decisions.
The winners of the international competition were honoured at the hands of Justice Nutan Sardessai. The Best Mediator Award was bagged by School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, followed by Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai as the runners-up. The Best Negotiating Team Award went to the University of Kent, UK, followed by Government Law College, Mumbai, as runners-up.
WMO representative Dr Roland Wilson congratulated every person who was a part of and a supporter of the event. President of Lex Infinitum 2018 Mr John James Samuel presented a report of the preparations of the event.
Lex Infinitum 2018 Special Awards were bagged by various participating colleges, which included Special Award for Negotiating Team (Preliminary Round) to School of Law, University of Kashmir; Special Award for Mediator (Preliminary Round) to NUJS, Kolkata; Special Award for Negotiating Team (Second Round) to RMNLU, Lucknow; Special Award for Mediator (Second Round) to Riara Law School, Kenya; Upcoming Negotiating Team to Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai; Upcoming Mediator to Riara Law School, Kenya; Best Mediation Plan to NUS, Singapore and the Spirit of Lex to School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore.
VMSCL principal Dr MRK Prasad proposed the vote of thanks.