The fourth edition of ‘Lex Infinitum 2019’ organised by VM Salgaocar College of Law (VMSCL), Miramar was held at VM Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Raia.
The competition which was conducted for law students at the global level aimed at promoting Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) internationally.
The inaugural ceremony commenced with a welcome dance by students of VMSIIHE. Chief guest at the inaugural was minister for law and judiciary, power and legislative affairs, Government of Goa, Nilesh Cabral while guest of honour was advocate general, Government of Goa, Dattaprasad Lawande.
In his address principal of VMSCL, professor MRK Prasad shared the vision of Lex Infinitum 2019 and its progression over last three years.
This year the International Dispute Resolution Competition witnessed the participation of 24 teams who were qualified to be part of the global event. This year witnesses participation of two international teams. Further, 23 national and international expert mediators also judged the competition rounds.
The first day was scheduled with ADR sessions for participants. The sessions disseminated knowledge about the basic concepts of ADR required for aiding the competition. Participants’ queries were answered by experts during the sessions.
Lex also conducted ‘Knowledge Sessions’ with regards to the modes, structure and basic understanding of mediation, arbitration and negotiation.
Sessions were delivered by various professors and experts. Chicago-based conflict resolution specialist, Thomas Valentia dealt with a session on ‘Introduction to Negotiation as a concept’; advocate Sophia D’Souza conducted a session on ‘Brainstorming and active listening’ while advocate Ethelwald O Mendes conducted a session on ‘Identifying and improving negotiation weaknesses’. GRO global ambassador, Cezary Rogula spoke on the topic ‘First impressions and impactful opening’. The resource person emphasised that clients should be provided with all options to resolve the problem.
Attorney and professional mediator, Kimberly Schreiber spoke on topic ‘Persuasion and Bargaining’; specialist in mediation and consultation, Charles Middleton Smith spoke on ‘Identifying and handling manipulating techniques’.
A mock session was also conducted for the benefit of participants and delegates by experts attending the competition. Mediator for the session was advocate Ethelwald Mendes.
One of the striking activities of the event was the debate on ‘Keep The Law Aside, Settle The Dispute’.
National University of Singapore won the best negotiating team and runners-up were GLC, Mumbai. The best mediator award was won by Jagiellonian University Poland and second place awarded to School of Law, Christ University.
Special awards were won Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai for the upcoming mediator award, OP Jindal Global University for special mediator award, and School of Law, School of Law – Christ University Bangalore for best negotiating plan.