The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, National Law School of India University, Bangalore has always endeavoured to spread the use of ADR mechanisms as a long-term complement and alternative to the Court system. These efforts have manifested themselves by way of helping other Universities set-up their own ADR societies, organizing workshops and boot camps, and facilitating the participation of students in events across the globe.
One such effort is organizing the annual Negotiation, Mediation and Client Counselling Competition (NMC). Through this competition, we seek to bring students and ADR professionals together, to not only participate and adjudicate but to also build connections and learn from each other. The problems that we simulate, encompass not only complex commercial disputes but also the seemingly mundane but complex issues of families, as well as small and medium enterprises. Seeing participants negotiate and arrive at innovative solutions to these diverse set of issues, has made us realize that there exists a lacuna in translating the simulated settlements that we arrive at, to real-world mechanisms wherein a large number of such disputes can be easily, intuitively, and efficiently be resolved through ADR mechanisms.
It is in this context that we are extremely proud and excited to collaborate with the E-ADR Challenge. The E-ADR Challenge is an Agami Challenge that is being organized in partnership between ICICI Bank and HumLab, an organization accelerating innovation in systems of law and justice. The initiative is supported by a wide range of highly credible collaborators and Ecosystem, Thought, and Expert partners such as Vayam, leading law firm Trilegal, leading social impact investor Omidyar Network, global social entrepreneurship network Ashoka, and the Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP).
The Challenge involves the creation of an independent E-ADR institution that shall use a technology-driven dispute resolution platform, enabling millions of disputes, particularly small and mid-sized matters, to be resolved online – efficiently and economically. At its core lie ADR mechanisms such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration.
The challenge seeks to devise as an institution that will be able to resolve, at a nation-wide scale, the kind of problems we simulate at the NMC. Through this collaboration, we seek to translate the vision behind the NMC into real-world impact.