By Bidisha Barman
December 5, 2021: N.V. Ramana, the Chief Justice of India has stated that the
methods of alternative dispute resolutions like arbitration, mediation and
conciliation should be opted for before approaching the courts. While addressing
the Curtain Raiser and Stakeholder’ Conclave of the International Arbitration and
Mediation Centre, Hyderabad he laid down the importance of arbitration and
The Chief Justice of India referred to Mahabharata as an example of early attempt
at mediation as a conflict resolution tool, where Lord Krishna made an attempt to
mediate the dispute between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He even added that
the failure to this mediation led to disastrous consequences.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice stated that despite of the presence of arbitration centres
in India, the Indian parties that enter into international arbitration agreement often
opt for an arbitration centre outside the country which incurs huge expenses. After
being a part of the legal profession for over 40 years in different capacities, he has
advised that courts must be opted as the last resort after exploring the options of
alternative dispute resolutions (ADR).
The Chief Justice of India even addressed that the International Arbitration and
Mediation Centre at Hyderabad has the best infrastructure and internationally
acclaimed arbitrators and mediators are on its panel.
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