The Centre for Advanced Research & Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL) is one of the various centres set up by National Law University, Jodhpur to promote research and scholarship in specialized fields of law. CARTAL seeks to empower students with a theoretical and practical understanding of arbitration.
The Centre provides a platform for academicians, professionals and students to interact and discuss contemporary issues of arbitration law. The mandate of the Centre is achieved by the organization of workshops, conferences and guest lectures to facilitate the understanding of such issues.
Past and continuing activities of the Centre
CARTAL has successfully organized several events in the past and continues to do so with regular frequency. Some of the recent events include:
The 3rd CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration, “Winds of Change: Securing Harmony in Arbitral Practice”
The theme for the 3rdCARTAL Conference was “Winds of Change: Securing Harmony in Arbitral Practice” and it was hosted over 29th-30thSeptember at National Law University, Jodhpur in India. Recent years have witnessed a rise in conflicts in arbitral practice across the globe in both the investment and the commercial setting. This, in turn, has been accompanied by a rise in the efforts to achieve symmetry between diverse practices across the globe. The Conference sought to address some of these conflicts and the solutions that have been presented, thereby moving towards harmony in arbitral practice.
The Panels constituted to probe into the underlying theme were:
1. The Investment Court System: For Better or for worse?
2. Cross Institutional Consolidation of Arbitration: The Road Ahead
3. Guerrilla Tactics in International Arbitration: Where to draw the line?
Web-Lecture by Prof. Marike Paulsson (October 2, 2017)
The Centre organised a web-lecture by Prof. Marike Paulsson (Director, International Arbitration Institute & Lecturer in Law at the University of Miami, School of Law) on October 2, 2017. Professor Paulsson’s lecture focussed on enforcement concerns associated with the New York Convention.
The 2nd CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration, ‘Looking East: Arbitration in the Asian Age’, 2017
The Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL) and the Centre for Advanced Research & Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL), in association with Baker & McKenzie, organised a two-day international conference on the state of arbitration on September 30 and October 1, 2017 at National Law University Jodhpur. The Conference was institutionally supported by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), the Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) and the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA).
The theme of the 2nd Annual International Arbitration Conference was “Looking East: Arbitration in the Asian Age”. The definition of East for the purpose of the Conference encompassed favoured and emerging seats of arbitration in North East, South, South East and Central Asia. The main aim of the Conference was to study the different approaches adopted by various regions in Asia in adapting to the practice of international arbitration. The conference brought together prominent practitioners and academicians in dialogue on developments in the practice of international arbitration in Asia.
The 2nd Gary Born International Essay Competition, 2017
CARTAL organised the second edition of its international essay competition with the support and patronage of Mr. Gary B. Born. The competition has been conceived to encourage law students to write on issues such as the due process paranoia in international arbitration, reforming the ISDS system under the ICSID Convention and international mandatory rules and their effects on the enforcement of arbitration agreement.
The 1st CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration 2016
On October 15-16, 2016, CARTAL organized an international conference on arbitration, themed "Arbitration at Crossroads", in association with Baker McKenzie, New York. The Conference was institutionally supported by ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, MCIA and CIArb. The Society of Indian Law Firms was the principal sponsor. The Conference consisted of four panel discussions and was held at the National Law University, Jodhpur in India.
The theme of the Conference alluded to the critical stage which the law and practice of arbitration is at, both domestically in India, as well as in international dispute resolution. The aim of the Conference was to act as a platform for both prominent practitioners and academicians to analyse some of the most contemporary issues and help chalk out a potential roadmap to navigate through them.
The Gary B. Born National Essay Writing Competition on International Arbitration 2016
The Centre recently organized an essay writing competition with the support and patronage of Mr. Gary B. Born. The competition was conceived to encourage law students to write about forward looking issues such as the prospects of a bilateral arbitration treaty, desirability of arbitration of public law claims and ten year review of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Arbitration. The results of the competition can be accessed here.
Annual Arbitration Lectures
CARTAL organizes an annual lecture on arbitration. For 2016, Mr. Ajay Thomas, formerly Registrar of the London Court of International Arbitration (India), was invited to deliver a lecture on the ‘Future of Institutional Arbitration in India’.
Special Lecture Series
The Centre has regularly invited experts to deliver lectures on topical issues in arbitration. Most recently, Mr. Sivaramakrishnan M.S., practising advocate at the Karnataka High Court, delivered lectures on the issue of ‘Joinders, Consolidation and Multi-Party Arbitrations’. Since its inception, the Centre has hosted several distinguished speakers including Prof. Martin Hunter, Mr. Shishir Dholakia, and Mr. Promod Nair.
Round Table Discussion
CARTAL has organized round table discussions from time to time. In 2012, Prof. Martin Hunter chaired a discussion on the topic ‘Can India become the hub of international commercial arbitration’ and, in 2013, Mr. Hiroo Advani led the discussion on ‘Running Arbitration from beginning to end’.
Arbitration Training Workshop
The Centre organized a one-day Arbitration Training Workshop on arbitral procedure and award writing in association with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) India Branch and Advani & Co. in 2012.
Mediation Training Workshop
CARTAL, in collaboration with BRIDGE Mediation LLC, USA, organized a workshop on mediation in October 2012.