Lex Infinitum 2019 to be held
The 4th edition of Lex Infinitum will be held from January 9 to January 12, organised by the VM Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar. The event will be held at the VM Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education, Raia. A total of 24 teams have been selected based on their application and profile to participate in the event. GR Kare College of Law, Margao is the only Goan college to participate and will be competing against two international and 21 national teams from across the country. Each team has three participants: two negotiators and one mediator. About 57 sessions will be conducted by 30 experts from India and abroad.
A workshop will be conducted for participants on January 9, which also includes demonstrations by experts, followed by the competitions from January 10.
Addressing a press conference on Monday in Panaji, administrator, D P Pednekar said: “This competition is meant for students to get good exposure at national and international level. Besides, through these competitions we want to make the public aware of alternative methods available for sorting disputes.”
Principal, professor, MRK Prasad said that the idea of Lex Infinitum promotes the idea of settling your conflicts/disputes without going to the court. He said: “If you look at the Indian society it is basically an ADR (Alternative dispute resolution) based society. Our younger generation or young professionals who are entering law should also look into these traditional methods of dispute settlement as one of the methods to improve the access to justice. Also, dispute settlement in the court is time consuming and very expensive.” He added that unless it is really necessary, such as a high profile case there is no need to go to the court.
He also opines that the level of development of a nation depends on how amicably you solve your disputes. “So if you could generate this over a period of time I am confident that even the Kashmir issue could be negotiated with Pakistan,” he added.
Director, Lex Infinitum, Sandhya Ram said that as the law college, law faculty and law fraternity rather they expect role of lawyers to be not just filing cases in courts and fighting suits but they should be very effective and proactive instruments in dispute resolutions. She said: “We have always been designing our academic curriculum with two concepts in mind: We want our students to become lawyers who are socially relevant and professionally competitive. During this four day event law students gather and learn a lot of skills about negotiation and mediation which are two different methods for dispute resolution.”
The event will also host knowledge sessions for delegates, giving more details about the same, president, Lex Infinitum, Xreya Arur said: “The sessions for delegates are conducted over the three days of the competitions and are conducted by the experts who teach them basics of ADR, how it will benefit people and the pros and cons. Apart from that that they will witness the live sessions that go on. There is nominal fee covering the course and lunch for three days.”
Also present at the press conference were vice president, Lex Infinitum, Harsh Joshi and general secretary, Raj Ramani.