About Event

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Time and Money is something which everyone is very conscious of be it in any aspect. It is an easy and uncomplicated party centered negotiation process where third party acts as a mediator to resolve dispute amicably by using appropriate communication and negotiation techniques. It aims at resolving conflict in a peaceful manner where the outcome is accepted by both the parties. Lloyd National Mediation- Negotiation Competition is a very unique competition in itself. It will definitely help participants to learn the perks and benefits of settling down a dispute amicably. This competition will definitely create an awareness for everyone to know about ADR.

Event Timings

Date : 27-Feb-2020

Time : 10:00:00

I. ABOUT THE COMPETITION:

Introduction:

Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida announces its Lloyd National Mediation-Negotiation Competition, 2020 in association with
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he Competition is an academic event seeking to promote and foster the culture of Mediation and Negotiation as a form of
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) amongst students from different Law Universities across the country, through the
provision of simulations of real-world disputes amenable to mediation procedures.

II. GENERAL RULES:

The competition shall be governed by the Rules and it is mandatory for the participants to follow general guidelines
such as given below:

A.   General Format:

1. The competition comprises of two Preliminary Round(s), Semi-finals and the Final Round.

2. There shall be different problems in each round and teams will be provided with separate confidential information 
for each round.

3.  The Mediation Session shall comprise of two student mediators from competing teams, and two teams comprising
of the Client and Counsel each.

4.   There shall be a participation of a total of 24 teams (consisting of 3 members each).

B.   Eligibility & Participation:

1.   This competition is only opened for twenty-four (24) teams.

2.   The Competition is open to only law students who are currently enrolled at full-time Undergraduate Programs
 (5 Years /3 Years) and from any Law University across the country which is approved by BCI.

3.   The Teams will be selected on ‘First Come First Served’ basis (Priority shall be determined on the basis of e-mail
 confirmation and receipt of duly filled Registration Forms and Demand Drafts which must reach the organizers before
 the due date, which is mentioned in the Rules of the Competition).

4.  The Team shall consist of three participants who shall act as a Neutral Mediator, Client and One Legal Counsel.

III. LANGUAGE:  

The official and only language for the Competition is English.

IV. DRESS CODE:

1.   The dress code for the competition is strictly formals. Violation of which will bar a contestant from appearing in the
 ‘Oral Round’.

2.   The dress code is applicable to all the competitive teams.

V. SCOUTING:

1.   Sitting in any allotted room for the competition or listening to the proceedings of any other team inside their room is strictly 
 prohibited and is a fit case of SCOUTING and termination of the suspect individual or team.

2.   We don’t encourage any entry of anybody inside the room except especially/expressly permitted for a designated job.
 Meaning thereby, even non-participants cannot jump to be an audience. If found any, disciplinary action shall be taken against 
 them.

VI. RULES FOR MEDIATION COMPETITION:

A.   Introduction: 

The Competition is an academic event seeking to promote  and foster the culture of Mediation and Negotiation as a form of
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) amongst students from different Law Universities across India, through the provision
of simulations of real-world disputes amenable to Mediation Procedures. Here, there will be two Mediators in each round
from two different colleges will be clubbed into a team of two. The competition shall be governed by the rules set out herein.

B.   Language:

The official and only language of the Competition is English. 

C.   Format:  

The competition comprises of two Preliminary Round(s), Semi-finals and the Final Round. The problem provided will
be different in each round. The Mediation Session shall comprise of two student mediators from competing teams,
and two teams comprising of the Client and Counsel each. There shall be a participation of a total of 24 teams
(consisting of 3 members each).

VII. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY:

A.   Participating Universities:

The Organizing Committee shall invite Law Universities to participate in the Competition, on the basis of which an application
maybe submitted. Only one team per University is competent to participate in the Competition, and no cross-university teams
are allowed. Each team must comprise of three students (for the roles of Client, Counsel, and Mediator), which is to be decided
at the discretion of the University concerned. 

B.   Eligible Students:  

The Competition is open to only law students who are currently enrolled at full-time Undergraduate Programs (5 Years /3 Years)
and Postgraduate Programs (LL.M.) from any University across the country which is approved by BCI. All team members
must necessarily comprise of University students only. Cross University teams are not allowed.

C.   Attendance:  

Failure of arrival by the concerned teams, Post Registration may lead to blacklisting of the University from the future editions
of the Competition.  

AWARDS

The following awards shall be given:

1.   Winner Team, Negotiation (Client-Counsel) Competition

Cash Prize- 20,000/-

2.   Runners-up Team, Negotiation (Client-Counsel) Competition

Cash Prize- 15,000/-

3.   Best Individual Mediator (Mediation Competition)

Cash Prize- 10,000/-

4.   Second Best Individual Mediator (Mediation Competition)

Cash Prize- 5,000/-

VIII. MEDIATION SESSION PROCEDURES

A.   General Procedures

i.     The Organizing Committee shall assign teams in the Preliminary Rounds through a seeding process (highest scoring team goes 
against the second-highest scoring team, the third-highest scoring team goes against the fourth-highest scoring team, and so forth) based on the mediation plans submitted by the teams. The scores for all the Client and Counsel teams and the Mediators shall be calculated at the end of the one/two Preliminary Round(s), on the basis of which the top eight in each category (Client-Counsel and Mediator) shall qualify for the Semi-finals.

ii.   Thereafter, the qualification of teams to the Semi-finals and the Finals shall be conducted on the basis of Knockouts, with the best
teams (i.e. the best Client-Counsel pair and the best Mediator) in each Round qualifying for the next stage.

B.   Timing

i.   Each preliminary round, as well as a quarter-final, will last for a total of 60 minutes, 15 minutes in each round will be allotted for the purpose of post-mediation feedback, with five minutes allotted to the mediators and to each team. These fifteen minutes will form a
part of the total time of each round.

ii.   The participants may be questioned on their performance and may be asked to explain their strategies, decisions, etc. This session
will be marked and will contribute to the overall score of the team.  

iii. Thereafter, 15 Minutes shall be allotted to the judges for the judging and scoring of the session. The timings will be indicated by the Bailiffs present during each round. 

iv. The Semi-Finals and Final Round will last for 90 minutes each. The time will run even during the caucuses. 15 minutes in each round
will be allotted for the purpose of post-mediation feedback, with five minutes allotted to the mediators and to each team. These fifteen minutes will form a part of the total time of each round.

C.   Admitted Material during the Mediation Session 

i.     For the Mediation Session, each Competing Team may bring and use its own prepared notes for its own use and may, if need be,
make its own notes during the Mediation Session. Each Competing Team may also bring and use a calculator and a watch (or equivalent: stopwatch, timer, etc.) if it wishes to do so.

ii.   Use of any other electronic devices, such as mobile phones of any type or tablets, laptops etc. is not permitted in the room where the Mediation Session takes place.

D.  Observing and Scouting

i.     Members of a competing team shall not be allowed to observe any of the Preliminary Rounds. 

ii.   Scouting by either the team members or the Visitors shall be absolutely prohibited, and the teams observed to be involved in or benefiting from any such practices shall be subject to disqualification. 

iii. Audio or video recording is strictly forbidden during the Mediation Session.

E. Caucuses

During each Mediation Session, the Mediator, and the Competing Teams have the right to call for Caucuses in accordance with the following provisions: 

  i. Each Caucus may last no longer than five minutes.

 ii. Caucuses can take place between the Mediator and both members of a Competing Team (a Caucus) or between the Mediator and either the Counsel from both Competing Teams or the Clients from both Competing Teams (a Cross-Caucus); 

iii. Each Competing Team has the right to call for one Caucus and for one Cross-Caucus during the Mediation; 

iv. The mediator may call for one Caucus with each of the Competing Teams during the Mediation; 

 v. The mediator may call for one Cross-Caucus with the Counsel from each Competing Team and one Cross-Caucus with the Clients from each Competing Team during the Mediation; 

vi. Competing Team members who are not participating in a Caucus may not talk to each other outside the room during a Caucus Competing Teams should call for a Caucus when they consider they need input from the Mediator or there is confidential information they aren’t comfortable disclosing to the other party. A Competing Team’s reasonable use of Caucuses will be evaluated. A Caucus should not be used to seek clarification of the Competition Rules or any procedural matter.

IX. FORMAT OF THE ROUNDS

A. Competition Problem

There shall be different problems for each round, with confidential information being released to the teams for each round. The confidential information provided for the mediation plans to one party will be separate and distinct from that of the other party.  The General and Confidential Information shall be self-contained, and teams shall be prohibited from deviating from the facts provided in the Problem in any manner possible, including the creation of a background story, the misrepresentation of facts, or the creation of new facts. However, teams may reasonably interpret the problem in order to draw reasonable conclusions.

B. Disclosure of the Confidential Information

The Confidential Information for the rounds shall be disclosed to the teams thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of their respective rounds. The Teams are absolutely prohibited from disclosing the confidential information to their Mediator, or to any other participant in the Competition. The Mediators participating shall at no time prior to their Rounds have access to the Confidential Information for either party for the respective Round, and neither competing Client and Counsel Pair shall have access to the Confidential Information of the Opposing Party at any time prior to their respective Round. The violation of this Rule may lead to the disqualification of the team concerned at the discretion of the Organizing Committee. 

A.   Designation of Member Roles

i.   Each team shall send in their designated member roles for each team member (either as a Counsel, Client or the Mediator), which shall be the specific team member’s designated role for the duration of the Competition. The designated role for the team members shall be intimated to the Organizing Committee at the time of the team registration.

ii.   Non-adherence to Member Roles shall lead to the application of Penalties. 

X.  PENALTIES

A.   If a violation of the Rules is considered to have been committed by a Team or one of its members, the Organizing Committee may in its own absolute discretion, upon its own initiative or a recommendation from one or more Judges, as the case may be, impose a Penalty or disqualify a member of a Team or a whole Team.

B.   The breach of Rule 3.3, 4.1 or 5(a) may lead to a maximum three-point reduction. 

C.   The breach of Rule 3.4, 4.2 or 4.3 may lead to disqualification from the competition.

XII.      XI. JUDGING CRITERIA

The judging criteria for the mediation plans, preliminary rounds & final rounds is laid out in the score sheets. These will be provided to the judges before the round. Further, the judges will be duly briefed about the contents of the score-sheet to ensure consistency in marking.

XII.    RULES FOR NEGOTIATION COMPETITION

A.   In the Negotiation Competition, each team shall consist of an Attorney and a Client who will be negotiating with the differing party in the most adept manner. Here, where two parties in a conflict or dispute reach a settlement between themselves where they can both agree on. Negotiations are reached through discussions made between the representatives of the parties without any involvement of the third party.

B.   It shall be mandatory for the participants in Negotiation Competition to follow general guidelines such as given below:

XIII.    COMPETITION FORMAT

A.   General Guidelines

  i. Each team is required to submit a Negotiation Simulation in soft as well as hard copy format on/or prior to the specified date. The Negotiation Simulations should be construed in a reasonable manner and any interpretations made by the Participating Teams should only be limited to drawing rational inferences. Excessive interpretation and creation of new facts by the Participating Teams will attract a penalty.

 ii. Clarifications, if any, associated with a Negotiation Simulation should be sought by Participating Teams from the Organizing Committee before the specified date. In case of any doubts, the interpretation supplied by the organizing committee shall remain the official interpretation of the Negotiation Simulation.

iii.  Please note the Negotiation Simulation shall not exceed more than 5 Pages (exclusive of Cover Page).

iv. Formatting Features of the Simulation:

·        Font- Times New Roman

·        Font Size- 12

·        Line Spacing- 1.5

·        Margins- 1 inch (All Four Sides)

 

XIV.      TIME FRAME

A.  There is a Time Limit of 60 (sixty) minutes for conclusion of a Negotiation Session. Each team shall be allotted 15 (fifteen) minutes, in which the teams shall conclude their deliberations. The time allotted shall be inclusive of Opening Statement, Post Negotiation Analysis Statement and Question-Answer round.

B.   The Participating Teams will be evaluated by the judges based on the following criteria:

*Note: The decision of the Judges shall be final. Hence it cannot be disputed at any given stage of the Tournament.

XV. EVALUATION SCHEME

A.   Alternative Courses of Action: Consistent with the analysis of the client’s problem, develop a set of potentially effective and feasible alternatives, both legal and non-legal.

B.   Client’s Goals and Expectations: Learn the client’s goals and initial expectations; modify or develop them as necessary.

C.   Client’s Informed Choice: As appropriate, assist the client in his or her understanding of problems and solutions and in making an informed decision.

D.  Description of the Problem: Learn how the client views his or her situation, using a combination of listening and questioning, drawing out both information and emotions of the client, as appropriate, to develop a reasonably complete and reliable description of the problem.

E.  Effective Conclusion: Conclude the interview skillfully and leave the client with a feeling of reasonable confidence and understanding, with appropriate reassurance, and with a clear sense of specific expectations and mutual obligations to follow.

F.  Moral and Ethical Issues: Recognize, clarify and respond to any moral or ethical issue(s) which may have arisen, without being prejudicial in judgment.

G.  Overall Rating: Synthesize the above criteria as relevant in an overall rating/scoring.

H. Post-Interview Reflection: Signifies the feeling which their own client feels, the strengths and limitations of their interviewing and counseling skills, their handling of the substantive aspects of the client’s problems (legal and non-legal), provided for an effective follow-up.

I.     Problem Analysis: Analyze the client’s problem with creativity and from both legal and non-legal perspectives, resulting in a clear and useful formulation of the problem.

J.  Teamwork: As collaborating counselors, work together as a team, with flexibility and an appropriate balance of participation.

K.  Working Atmosphere and Professionalism: Establish the beginning of an effective professional relationship and working atmosphere and, if and when appropriate, orient the client to the special nature of the relationship, including confidentiality, explanation of fees and responding to client’s concerns, mutual obligations and rights, duration and plan of the consultation, etc., in a courteous, sensitive and professional manner.

*Note: The client is also entitled to speak during the Negotiation Proceedings.

             i.        The judge would be marking each team jointly and severally, contestants will be selected as individuals.

           ii.        Note: The decision of the Judges shall be final. Hence it cannot be disputed at any stage of the Competition.

XVI.NEGOTIATION SIMULATION FORMAT: (From both the Parties)

i.     Strength.

  1. Weakness
  2. Needs and Interest’s
  3. Best Alternative to the Negotiated Agreement (BATNA)
  4. Worst Alternative to the Negotiated Agreement (WATNA)


CONTACT US 

E-mail ID: ladrc@lloydlawcollege.edu.in

                                                                                            STUDENT COORDINATORS

Ms. DAISY PALLAVI                                                 Mr. BARUN DEORI

  +91-9523981666                                                       +91-8133961273

A student may register for the competition in accordance with the procedure laid down here under:

1. The Team shall confirm provisional registration on or before 10th January, 2020 on the link https://forms.gle/RYH5noyTptxGksqY6

2.   The Registration Form (including the travel details) along with the copy of the Draft must be scanned and sent to us at the
 above-mentioned email address on or before 21st January, 2020.

3.   Any delay in the Registration Procedure or non-compliance with the registration formalities or partially complying after the expiry
 of the scheduled dates of registration, WILL BE TERMED AS NO REGISTRATION, therefore, no claim subsists for her/him,
 there are no provisions for any extenuating circumstances.

4.   After the payment for registration is done, under no circumstances the amount will be refunded back if a team wishes
 to withdraw.

5.   Net Banking:-

      Payment can be deposited in favor of "LLOYD LAW COLLEGE" 

      through RTGS/NEFT at its "Punjab National Bank Account at Sarita Vihar, New Delhi 

      bearing Account Number: 3976002100005500 

      and IFSC Code: PUNB0397600."

 Note:- Please provide us the transaction details on our Email Ids along with your details including your

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