ASCL introduces Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to the range of procedures that serve as an alternative to settling disputes through the normal judicial system. Typically, in ADR, disputes are settled in a quick and cost-effective manner as the procedure followed is non-formal without strict adherence to procedural aspects. The government has also given a tremendous boost to the ADR system by establishing special tribunals and dispute settlement bodies by means of various Acts.

Thus, income tax cases are decided by Income Tax tribunals and banks approach Debt Recovery Tribunals to settle disputes regarding loans. Settlement of disputes through arbitration by an impartial third party is also a component of ADR.

Today the business community prefers ADR because the time and cost implications of ADR far outweigh that of settling disputes through the traditional court based system.

There exists substantial evidence to prove that the inclusion of arbitration and mediation clauses in commercial contracts help ensure disputes to be dealt with in a timely and cost effective manner. World over, current trends show the leaning of business organizations towards ADR procedures, effectively show-cased by the famous Anglo-Iranian Oil Company disputes and the Dabhol Power Project dispute.

This course is an introduction to various models of conflict resolution and to the spectrum of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options. Not only does it look at the various models of the ADR system in India like tax and industrial tribunals, it also gives an insight into the international law relating to arbitration. The course also includes drafting which make a participant familiar with the documentation involved in ADR.

The course, with its well structured modules covering every aspect of ADR is useful for law students who want to build their careers in ADR systems. Legal professionals who want to specialize in this field will also benefit immensely from this course as will business personnel who want to explore ADR as an alternative to traditional dispute resolution.