The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS) Legal Aid Society and NUJS ADR Society in collaboration with ODRways is organizing a Conference on theme ‘Access to Justice’, where the Indian Mediation Week, 2017 report shall be released to the Press.

This will take place on the 21st of January, 2018 between 5 P.M  and 7 P.M at the NUJS campus.

I. Background

Indian Mediation Week (IMW) was a pan-India event to promote mediation across major cities in India, which took place from 11th-17th September 2017.

The event was supported by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India and Supreme Court Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC).

For more details on the event, you can refer to the report here.

II. About the Conference

Hon’ble Justice Protik Prokash Banerjee, Kolkata High Court and Rahim Shamji, Founder of ADR-ODR London will be the panellists for this seminar.

The agenda for the discussion will be how to improve the state of access to justice in West Bengal through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and what best practices can we incorporate from the British Justice system.

The list of invitees also includes senior advocates, partners from law firms and other members of the Kolkata Judiciary. This event will also provide useful networking opportunities for the students.

Interested students or professionals who want take part in this seminar, kindly register by sending an email at or calling at +91-8337030883.

All attendees will be given a certificate of participation.

III. Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Access to Justice

At this event we seek to recognize the heroes from within ourselves. We want to acknowledge the efforts of students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of justice in India.

For this, we have instituted the inaugural IMW Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Access to Justice. We request you to send in nominations for the same by 17th January,2018.

Nominations for the awards should include: A letter of nomination setting out the reasons for the nomination & background information on the nominee’s outstanding service & achievements as they relate to the award. – A current curriculum vitae.

You can submit the nomination to

IV. Call for Proposals to improve the state of access to justice in West Bengal

Further, while acknowledging past achievements, we also want to take a glimpse into the future. So we request all interested students to submit an idea to improve access to justice in West Bengal, it can range anywhere from 200-1000 words. Please note that there are no rules with respect to style, structure or format.

We just want to hear your thoughts! After a screening process, the top 3 idea-givers shall be provided with the opportunity to present the same before the panel.

The panel will pick the best presentation and she/he will be provided with a certificate of achievement and can also get an internship for a period of one month with Hon’ble Justice Protik Prokash Banerjee, Kolkata High Court.

Kindly submit your ideas at by 17th January 2018.

If there are any queries, feel free to get in touch with Akshetha Ashok +91-9620606424, Pranjal Sinha +91-8337030883


This post was first published on: January 13, 2018

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