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The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board at the National Law School has been a pioneer in bringing ADR to law students across India. Established in 2015, it organises a vast range of activities and workshops to enable students to familiarise themselves with the industry. NLS NMC is the flagship event organised by the Board with students from across the globe participating in the negation, mediation and client counselling component of the event.


Traditional dispute resolution has failed time and again. One of the many solutions to repair this broken system has been the introduction of Alternative Dispute Resolution. The commitment to further Alternative Dispute Resolution on the NLSIU Campus gave birth to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. This student committee is responsible for administering all ADR related activities on campus.

Our aim is to train young law students in the practice of various ADR mechanisms, such as negotiation, mediation and client counselling, in the hope that these students alter the way we look at and resolve disputes. We aim to provide a platform for ADR enthusiasts from across the world to interact with the NLS student body to facilitate knowledge and growth in this emerging field. We also believe in providing safe spaces for learning and do our part in facilitating the same on the NLSIU campus.


Our Work

Our vision to promote ADR is best realised in organizing and hosting student teams from all across the world at our flagship event – the National Law School’s Negotiation, Mediation and Client Counselling Competition (NLS NMC). Started in 2015, this competition has brought together lawyers and ADR experts from India and abroad. The winner of the Negotiation segment of this competition qualifies as the India representative in the prestigious International Negotiation Competition organised by the Creighton University, Omaha. The ADR Board is also tasked with the responsibility of constituting the University Mediation, Negotiation and Client Counselling teams for national and international competitions hosted every year.

NLSIU won the IBA-VIAC CDRC Vienna Competition in 2017, 2018 and 2021, the Young International Mediation Competition, Hong Kong in 2018 and ELSA Maynooth Negotiation Competition in 2016, along with award-winning finishes at multiple other prestigious tournaments across the years.

The ADR Board also aims to help familiarise and develop interest and knowledge in the arena of ADR methods by organising talks and conducting workshops with some of the most esteemed advocates and organisations in the field.

Plans for AY 2023-24

Following the cessation of the pandemic, the ADR Board has been working tirelessly to fulfil its mandate. The Committee has successfully organised the University Selection Rounds for Negotiation in-person at the NLSIU campus to constitute teams for various competitions.

The Committee will be working tirelessly to organise the 10th edition of the NLS NMC 2024, which shall provide students, young practitioners and experts with a platform to exchange ideas and network with the ADR community. As a part of the competition, the Committee will also be organizing training workshops and mock sessions to help participants and other interested students hone their skills in the activity.

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