About Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law:

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL) is an autonomous National Law University (NLU) established by the RGNUL Act (No. 12 of 2006) passed by the Legislature of the State of Punjab. The University has been ranked among the top 10 law schools in India in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

About RFMLR:

RGNUL Financial and Mercantile Law Review (RFMLR) is a bi-annual, student-run, double-blind peer-reviewed law journal published by the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. The Journal was first published in the year 2014 and gives an opportunity to the legal academia, legal professionals, and law students to contribute cutting-edge doctrinal and empirical research in the field of business and commercial laws. The Journal is indexed on SCC Online and has been ranked the sixth most accessed law journals by SCC Online. The Editorial Board also collaborates with various legal experts and undertakes various academic initiatives to promote study and research in the field of business and commercial laws.

The Editorial Board has also organized a Colloquium on GST Laws in association with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys in February 2020, which witnessed participation from industry professionals as well as students across India.

About Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC): SIAC is a not-for-profit international arbitration organisation based in Singapore. It has administered various arbitrations since 1991, and has demonstrated an immaculate track record for providing world-class arbitration services to the international business community. Further, its arbitral awards have been granted recognition and subsequently implemented across various jurisdictions. SIAC is the Associate Partner for the Conclave.

About Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co:

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. (SAM &  Co.), founded on a  century of legal achievements, is among the leading full-service law firms in India. It is one of India’s biggest and most well-reputed law firms. The firm represents major transnational  corporations  on  their  India entry and business strategy and is known globally especially for its exceptional dispute resolution & arbitration practice.

About the Conclave:

As the practical aspect of Arbitration, an ever-growing efficacious, speedy and cost-effective mechanism of dispute resolution, is often ignored and not extensively written about, the RGNUL–SAM Conclave on Arbitration in Practice, 2021 aims to initiate a discourse on the pressing and contemporary issues in arbitration practice in India, and present novel and innovative solutions to the issues faced by all the stakeholders.

Bar and Bench is the Media Partner for the Conclave.

The Conclave would be held online and consist of two sessions: Expert Discussion and Paper Presentation Session.

Expert Discussion

The first session of the Conclave would be an Expert Discussion on Arbitration in Practice, where professionals from SAM & Co. and other experts from the field of arbitration would discuss issues pertaining to arbitration practice. We welcome academics, legal practitioners, and law students to attend the Expert Discussion. This would not only give the attendees insights into the vital issues in arbitration practice, but also give them a unique opportunity to interact with the experts from the field. Registration link for attending the same can be found here (Link). The last date for registration for Expert Discussion is June 15, 2021.

Paper Presentation Session

The Editorial Board of RFMLR invites law students, academicians, working professionals, and research scholars to submit research papers under the below-mentioned theme to contribute to the discourse around practical issues in arbitration. After preliminarily reviewing all the manuscripts, the Editorial Board will shortlist entries whose authors will be invited to present their research before the experts from SAM & Co. on the day of the Conclave.

Among all the papers presented in the Conclave, the top three will be awarded Certificates of Merit. The author(s) of the top entry, if students, will be rewarded with internship(s) at SAM & Co. and a cash prize of INR 10,000. Further, author(s) of the second and third-best entry shall be awarded free passes to SIAC’s South East Academy to be held on July 29-30, 2021. In case the entries of author(s), who are not students get selected amongst the top 3 entries, they would only be awarded a certificates of merit.  All the other entries selected for presentation will be awarded Certificates of Participation. After a comprehensive review of the papers shortlisted for presentation, the Editorial Board will publish the compilation of the best entries among them.

The sub-themes for papers are:

  1. Essential Qualities/Qualification of Arbitrators for the Next Decade: Will Accreditation of Arbitrators in India help Parties make a Better Choice?
  2. Inflated andFrivolous Claims in Arbitration: Whether Introduction of Ad- Valorem Charges on Claims can curb this Practice?
  3. Unwarranted Delays during Arbitration Proceedings after Completion of Pleadings: Causes andFeasible Solutions
  4. Quantification of Damages in Arbitration: Are Domestic Arbitrations not getting the Benefit of Expert Witnesses?
  5. Confidentiality Concerns in Amazon-Future like Arbitration Disputes: How to Implement Confidentiality in Arbitration Disputes in the Court of Law?
  6. Third-Party Funding andContingency Counsel Fee Arrangements in Arbitration: Legality andConcerns.

Note: The author(s) may opt to write on any other topic apart from the abovementioned sub-themes, provided that it falls under the ambit of “Arbitration in Practice”. Such author(s) shall submit a Research Proposal  (800- 1200 words) to the Editorial Board explaining the research objective and highlighting the key issues and arguments of the proposed paper. The Research Proposals shall be sent for approval to the Editorial Board at rfmlr@rgnul.ac.in latest by May 20, 2021.

Submission Deadline:

The author(s) shall submit the manuscript along with the duly signed Certificate of Originality and Copyright (in the attached format) via this form latest by June 4, 2021.

Important Dates: 

Deadline for Submission of Final Paper: June 4, 2021

Deadline for Intimation to Authors Selected for Paper Presentation: June 15, 2021

Deadline for Registration for Expert Discussion: June 15, 2021

Date of the Online Conclave: Last week of June (tentative)

For further details (including detailed submission guidelines and deadlines), please refer to our website.

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