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Centre for Arbitration and Research (CAR):

About the Centre

Arbitration has been on the rise across India as a preferred choice of dispute resolution. Owing to a cumulative effort from the judiciary, government and the practitioners, arbitration in India, for the first time in a number of years, has been able to reach international standards. At a crucial juncture like this, the need of the hour is to generate awareness amongst the law students and also to ensure that consistent and high quality research is carried in the field. Additionally, owing to arbitration being utilized in niche fields, it is imperative that the stakeholders and service providers therein are professionally trained to provide top-quality services. It is while keeping in mind the aforementioned needs, that the Centre for Arbitration and Research has been set-up in the University.

Vision of the Centre:

MNLU Mumbai’s Centre for Arbitration and Research (CAR) seeks to serve as a think-tank to generate awareness about arbitration law in theory and in practice and also carry out high quality research in the field to assist policy-formulation by the Government. The Centre also intends to serve as a platform for imparting professional training to the stakeholders in the field of arbitration and cater to all areas of arbitration especially the niche areas.

Objectives of the Centre:

  • To create a culture of arbitration by training the young-breed of lawyers and law students through workshops, conferences, symposiums, etc.
  • Carry out extensive research in arbitration law inter alia in specialized fields of Sports Arbitration, Construction Arbitration, Maritime Arbitration, and IP Arbitration.
  • Impart quality training to industry professionals with the help of renowned experts to help improve the level and quality of arbitration services at every step – from practitioners to arbitrators and secretaries to the Tribunal; specifically in areas of arbitration where there is a significant demand for quality services and there is a dearth of trained professionals.
  • Assist the Government in policy-formulation on aspects related to arbitration law in the country.
  • Collaborate and partner with institutions carrying out research and administering arbitration across the globe for perpetuating the culture of arbitration.

Meet the Team

Centre Coordinator: Mr. Chirag Balyan, Assistant Professor of Law, MNLU Mumbai

General Secretary: Mr. Yashraj Samant

Research Associate: Ms. Natasha Kavalakkat & Mr. Aditya Gupta


Comments submitted to secretariats of ICSID and UNCITRAL on 30 July 2020 on the 'Draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators'. Click Here


Contact Details

e-mail ID: arbitrationcentre@mnlumumbai.edu.in



Panel-discussion on ‘Where do we go from here? - Future of Institutional Arbitration in India post the 2019 Amendment’ on 11th October 2019." For details click here

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International Conference on Practice & Procedure in International Arbitration on 6th December 2019. For details click here

Virtual Arbitration in India - A Practical Guide click here

Webinar on 'Virtual Arbitration in India (Part 1)' on Sunday, 12 July 2020 at 1600 IST.

This webinar officially releases our recently published guide on 'Virtual Arbitration in India: A Practical Guide' and discusses the opportunities and challenges to virtual arbitration, strategies and techniques for advocacy in virtual proceedings, and developing trends in the Indian arbitration landscape.

Speakers - Darius Khambata, Senior Advocate and Former Advocate General of Maharashtra; Sonali Mathur, Partner, AZB & Partners; Vikas Mahendra, Partner, Keystone Partners; Sameer Jain MCIArb, Managing Partner, PSL Advocates and Solicitors & Ben Giaretta, FCIArb, Partner, Mischon de Reya and Chair, CIArb, London.

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Technology partner : Centre for Online Resolution of Disputes

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Oxford Style Debate Webinar on “Third Party Funding of Dispute Resolution – Is India Ready Today?” on 25 July 2020 Saturday 4.00-5.00 PM IST.

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Speakers - Lim Seok Hui, CEO of Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Singapore; Fereshte D. Sethna, Founding and Managing Partner of DMD Advocates, Mumbai; Dilip N. Massand, Co-Founder and CEO at Phoenix Advisors, U.A.E; Mrinal Jain, Managing Director, Economic and Financial Consulting Practice, FTI Consulting, Mumbai; Sherina Petit, Head of International Arbitration (EMEA) Head of India Practice (Global), Norton Rose Fulbright, London; Shaneen Parikh, Senior Equity Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai; Dhyan Chinappa, Senior Advocate and Additional Advocate General for the State of Karnataka; Bhaskar Chandran, General Counsel and Legal Head for the GMR Group, Delhi; and Chirag Balyan, Coordinator, Centre for Arbitration and Research, MNLU, Mumbai

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Webinar on 'Blockchain & AI for Reliable ODR' on 11 July 2020 at 1530 IST.

Speakers - Hon'ble Ms. Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of J&K High Court, India; Mr. Madhvendra Singh, FCIArb, International Arbitrator; Mr. Ben Giaretta, FCIArb, Partner, Mischon de Reya and Chair, CIArb, London; Dr. Paresh Kathrani, Director, Professional Services, CIArb; Mr. Alassandro Palombo, CEO, JUR Smart Contract and Mr. Chirag Balyan, Coordinator, CAR, MNLU Mumbai.

Supporting Partners : Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration; Indian Arbitration Forum and LawLex Organization.

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  One Week Certificate Course in International Arbitration 13 - 19 December 2020

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