CARTAL

The Centre for Advanced Research & Training in Arbitration Law (CARTAL) is set up by National Law University, Jodhpur to promote research and scholarship in specialized fields of law. The Centre seeks to empower students with a theoretical and practical understanding of arbitration by providing 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.  The Centre publishes a bi-annual journal - the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL).

Honorary Chairman: Professor Martin Hunter
Founding Executive Director and Consulting Member: Harisankar K. S.
Visiting Fellow
:Kartikey Mahajan

Past and continuing activities of the Centre

The Centre has successfully organized several events in the past and continues to do so with regular frequency. Some of the recent events include:

The findings of the Commonwealth Study on International Arbitration and the CISG (Lecture by Prof. (Dr.) Petra Butler)

On February 10, 2020, the Centre organised  a lecture by Prof. (Dr.) Petra Butler on the Commonwealth Secretariat’s International Commercial Arbitration Study, covering inter alia the use and importance of International Commercial Arbitration in the Commonwealth, and the issues that may hinder it. The session concluded with a question and answer session with the students. It was an engaging and fruitful discussion; and a great learning experience for all those who attended.

Recognition and Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards (Lecture by Mr. Gary Born and Ms. Dharshini Prasad)

On October 15, 2019, the Centre organized a lecture by Mr. Gary Born (Partner) and Ms. Dharshini Prasad (Senior Associate) from the International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London via video-conference to address the students on the topic, ‘Recognition and Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards.’ Mr. Born and Ms. Prasad addressed the students for about an hour discussing important provisions of United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 1958, also known as the New York Convention.

Careers in Arbitration: (Lecture by Mr. Bharatendu Agarwal, Assistant Director, SAARC Arbitration Council)

On October 06, 2019, Mr. Agarwal spoke to the students about the nature of SAARC Arbitration Council. It is emphasized that SAARCO has been established as a specialized body for settling disputes. The purpose of SAARCO is threefold- first, to act as dispute resolution umbrella under the SAARC mechanism. Second, to be the arbitral institution for disputes arising out of treaties between the member states and third, to research on and develop policies on arbitration as a dispute settlement mechanism. Furthermore, Mr. Agarwal spoke to the students about the employment opportunities SAARCO provides to those intending to pursue international arbitration.

Careers In Litigation: A View From The Bench (Lecture by Hon'ble Justice Madan B. Lokur)

On October 04, 2019, the Centre organised a lecture by the venerable former judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and a serving judge at Supreme Court of Fiji, Justice Madan Lokur. The topic of the lecture is pertinent and especially significant to have been delivered at the National Law University, Jodhpur, since popular perception is that students are inclined towards corporate careers. Justice Lokur’s views were insightful for the students, since he has voluminous experience at his command from which there is much to imbibe. For more details, please see the report of the lecture.

Selection of Arbitrators in International Investment Arbitration (Lecture by Mr. Rishab Gupta)

On September 18, 2019, the Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law organised a lecture by Mr. Rishab Gupta, Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. on "Selection of Arbitrators in International Investment Arbitration”. He spoke about the challenges posed by information asymmetry in the selection of arbitrators, in commercial arbitration and particularly, in investment arbitration. Arbitrator selection hinges as much upon the propensities of arbitrators and factors such as the amount of time they take to deliver awards, which are distinct from professional experience, and rarely above. Such asymmetry, he explained, often disproportionately impacts smaller firms and independent legal practitioners, as they have less access to the informal resources and word of mouth connections that practitioners from bigger firms may have.

Web-Lecture by Prof. Marike Paulsson

On October 02, 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 Gary Born International Essay Competition, 2017

The Centre 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.

1st Gary B. Born 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
The Centre 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.