Learn to mediate and
|Arbitration and dispute resolution offer opportunities for
specialisation in the legal field. The Indian Institute of
Arbitration and Mediation organises courses in these areas.
- Photo: Shaju John
RISING POPULARITY: There is
a growing demand for skilled professionals in Alternative Dispute
Resolution. Students are keen to pick up arbitration skills, like
this batch from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College in Chennai which
recently won the overall championship in all-India IIAM-Hamline Moot
on Arbitration 2005.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is fast
emerging as an effective method to settle disputes outside a
courtroom. Growing acceptance of ADR across the globe has created
several opportunities for lawyers skilled in offering an amicable
solution to disputes.
Increasing demand for professionals in the field
has prompted the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation
(IIAM) to come up with academic programmes related to alternative
dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation.
IIAM is a registered non-profit organisation headed
by an advisory board chaired by M.N. Venkatachaliah, former Chief
Justice of India.
The institute is also the first international
Associated Member of Civil Mediation Council of United Kingdom, the
accrediting body for mediation providers.
Its activities include institutional arbitration
and mediation and settlement services.
IIAM has announced its tri-continental LLM
programme on ADR for lawyers and law students in 2006.
The programme is being introduced in association
with Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) at Hamline University School
of Law (HUSL), United States. DRI offers academic discourse,
hands-on stimulation experience and cross-disciplinary examination
of ADR themes in domestic study and study abroad courses for law
students and lawyers.
With modules offered in three countries (India, the
U.K., and the U.S.), IIAM's programme in the emerging field of
dispute resolution, offers students the opportunity to obtain a
United States LL.M degree, a Diploma in Dispute Resolution and a
Certificate in Arbitration, all in a condensed time period.
American, European and Indian students will work side-by-side in the
classroom in these intensive courses.
The Diploma programme in Dispute Resolution offers
lawyers and law students an opportunity to study alternative dispute
resolution theory, and put that theory into immediate practice in
the classroom setting. Training will be given in the basic
foundations for effective deal-making in the international
community: understanding bargaining style, setting goals in
negotiation, using legal and extra-legal standards in negotiation,
nurturing relationships critical to negotiation success, and
maximising leverage to conclude a deal.
Class sessions will include extensive practice in
all aspects of negotiation: preparation, exchanging information,
opening offers and making concessions, and closing and gaining
commitment. The programme in negotiation will consist of three
"The fee for the programme is $4,000 (including
tuition and programme fee). Any graduate can apply for the diploma
programme," says K.V.Balakrishnan, Director, IIAM.
Experts will give training on the aspect of
mediation (three academic credits) during the programme.
Classes will focus on the structure and goals of
the mediation process and the skills and techniques mediators use to
aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution.
This course will continue the study of underlying
negotiation orientations and strategies, but in the context of how
they are confronted and employed by mediators. The diploma programme
will be held in Kochi between May 8 and 23.
Under the Certificate Programme in Global
Arbitration Law and Practice, students can study international
commercial arbitration in the U.K. between June 19 and July 19. The
certificate programme consists of six credits and is done by Hamline
University School of Law in cooperation with the School of
International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London.
LLM for International Lawyers will be offered
between July 24 and December 20. Students completing the six credits
diploma programme and six credits certificate programme can complete
the remaining 12 credits of the LLM with a semester in residence at
Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the U.S.
More details about the programme can be had from
Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation, Head Office (Academic
Division), Second Floor, PDR Bhavan, Foreshore Road, Kochi - 682
016. Phone: 0484-6570101 / 6570102. www.arbitrationindia.org.
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