Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, RGNUL Punjab is organising the 3rd RGNUL National Negotiation Competition. Scroll for more details!

Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab is organising the 3rd RGNUL National Negotiation Competition in association with Shardul Amarchand & Mangaldas and Dr. P.C. Markanda Chair on ADR.


Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, was established by the State Legislature of Punjab by passing the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab Act, (Punjab Act No. 12 of 2006). The Act incorporated a University of Law of national stature in Punjab, thereby fulfilling the need for a Centre of Excellence in legal education in the modern era of globalization and liberalization.

About the Centre

The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) was established in 2019, to promote students’ and researchers’ interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution methods like Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation, and Conciliation. The Centre strives to organize stimulating discourse relevant to, not only the Academia but also the professional world and thus adds to the literature of ADR. In pursuance of its objectives, CADR has initiated various novel Competitions, Workshops, Lecture Series, etc. in collaboration with valued partners in the professional and academic world.

About SAM & Co.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM), is one of India's leading law firms rated by International Organisations, Law Directories, and Professional Journals. As a full-service law firm, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Co. is renowned in the business community for its ability to enable business, its innovative solutions, responsiveness, and collaboration with its clients. The firm has over 700 lawyers, including over 150 Partners, offering legal services through their offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Gurugram, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. They offer solutions in the fields of mergers & acquisitions, tax, competition law, dispute resolution & arbitration, regulatory litigation, capital markets, and private equity practices. Further, SAM & Co. is an exclusive member firm of Lex Mundi in India.

About Dr. P.C. Markanda Chair

Late Advocate Dr. P.C. Markanda was one of the leading arbitration lawyers in India. He was popularly known as the Father of Indian Arbitration. To carry forward his legacy and vision, RGNUL has set up Dr. P.C. Markanda Chair on ADR. The objective of the Chair is to set up RGNUL as a hub of Arbitration and to render training and technical assistance by way of setting up training institutes for Arbitration and Mediation, to conduct meaningful research in the areas of ADR, and provide consultancy by way of introducing legal start-ups and collaborations in the country and further it aims to impart basic education by way of initiating new degree, diploma, and certificate courses by uplifting the core principles and ethics behind ADR.

About the 3rd RGNUL National Negotiation Competition

The 3rd National Negotiation Competition 2023 will be held in an in-person mode, at the lushful campus of RGNUL in Patiala, Punjab. There shall be multiple preliminary rounds followed by quarter-final rounds, semi-final rounds, and final rounds.

The two-member Negotiating Team will comprise a client and a counsel who will mandatorily have to play both roles at least once during preliminary rounds. Universities interested in sending more than one team are requested to express their intention by reaching out to the organizing committee.

The allocation of the second slot is contingent on the availability of the total number of slots available with the Centre. It should be noted that the allocation of slots to any university will be a decision made solely by CADR-RGNUL, and shall be final and binding.


Any student enrolled in an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Law degree programme in any University recognised by the Bar Council of India as of 1st September 2023, is eligible to participate. Each University must be represented by two students, i.e. one Client and one Counsel. The composition of the team will not be permitted to change once the same has been communicated to the Organising Committee.

Registration Details

  • Universities/Colleges interested in sending their teams must provisionally inform the Convenors or the Centre by emailing us at cadr@rgnul.ac.in by 10th October 2023.
  • Upon selection by the Organising Committee, an email confirming the slot of the university along with the final registration form and payment link will be sent to the concerned email ID (either of the registered ADR Centre or of the point of contact).
  • The teams must complete the payment of the registration fee within a period of 72 hours of the receipt of confirmation of provisional slot mail.
  • The Registration fee for the competition is INR 6500/- per team (exclusive of 18% GST) which is inclusive of the cost of food, accommodation, registration, and other logistics.
  • Please note that this fee is non-refundable. Final registration of the team is subject to the successful payment of the registration fee within the stipulated time.

Important Dates

  • Last Date for Provisional Registration: 10th October, 2023
  • Release of Competition Problems: 20th October, 2023
  • Last Date for Final Registration and Payment: 22nd October, 2023
  • Release of Selected Universities: 25th October, 2023
  • Last Date to Seek Clarifications: 26th October, 2023
  • Release of Clarifications: 29th October, 2023
  • Last Date to Submit Negotiation Plans: 31st October, 2023
  • Inaugural Ceremony: 4th November, 2023
  • Preliminary Rounds: 5th November, 2023
  • Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals & Final Rounds and Valedictory Ceremony: 5th November 2023
For further details, Please refer to the brochure below.


Brochure: [Click here to view]


Email: cadr@rgnul.ac.in.

Convenors, Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR)

  • Mr. Rachit Somani: +91-6376006259
  • Mr. Jotsaroop Singh: +91-9958854523

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