The inaugural session of the G D Goenka CIArb International Commercial Arbitration Competition 2017 took place in Hyatt Regency hotel on 24th November 2017. The event was a grand success with an august gathering of renowned legal dignitaries who shared their thoughts on arbitration, lega, legal ethics and importance of arbitration law.
The evening began with the lighting of the lamps by Mrs. Renu Goenka, Honourable chancellor G.D.Goenka University and all other esteemed guests of the evening. Prof.(Dr).S.Shantakumar delivered the welcome address , Dr.Lalit Bhasin, President, CIArb (India),SILF, Bar association of India inaugurated the event with his address to the participating teams of the Arbitration Competition , Dr.Sidharth Luthra, Senior Advocate, Supreme court of India was the key-note speaker who emphasised on professional ethics in arbitration and it how it is litigant friendly, Ms.Bina Gupta, Advocate, Supreme court of India Chairperson Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) highlighted the fact that globalisation has help reduce all international barriers which has contributed to better international justice through international arbitration. Mrs.Renu Goenka Honourable chancellor G.D.Goenka University felicitated the dignitaries.
Mr. Nipun Goenka , Managing Director, G D Goenka University, Deans of School of Hospitality, Engineering, Fashion Designing, Management, Architecture were present for the occasion. The inaugural event was also graced by the presence of Mr.Ganesh Chandru (Executive Partner at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan and he heads the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group), V.Inbavijayan (International Arbitrator), Deepak Narayanan (Practising Advocate, Member of MCIArb, Arbitration Consultant at Kove Global LLP), Arpan Kr. Gupta (Senior Associate International Arbitration Practice Group Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan New Delhi), Adv. (CaptT) Alex Anthony (Certified IICL inspector for ISO containers , Qualified Surveyor certified by IRDA, Accrediated Mediator qualified from Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation, Certified Arbitrators) , G. Sivabalamurugan ( Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India), Joseph Aristotle (Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India), P.V. Saranvanaraja (Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India), Rajiv Dutta (Senior Advocate), Ratan Singh (Advocate & Arbitrator), Ajay Thomas (Advocate & Arbitrator) and Sameer Shah ( International Arbitrtaor).
The participating teams are all geared up to experience the first of its kind Arbitration Competition in India. For the first time an arbitration competition of this kind has been conducted following all arbitration rules in India. The preliminary and the quarter final rounds have already been conducted and now School of Law is set for the semi-final and final rounds tomorrow. A cultural evening had been organised by the School of Law Students where each performance was appreciated by the participating teams.