Hola! I am Mousmi Panda, a fourth-year student pursuing BALLB from University School of law and legal studies (GGSIPU), Delhi. As a law student, I have participated in various extra circular activities but out of them what I cherish the most are the competitions involving interaction with people that include Negotiation and counselling. I have always had this feeling that I don't want to get into litigation or corporate sector and the quest to find an answer to what else that would interest me helped me focus on ADR.
Having interned under a High Court Judge, I was disappointed by the fact that how many petty disputes like family matters, domestic matters, Landlord-tenant disputes, and disputes with neighbour formed the major chunk of cases that used to come on daily basis which could be easily resolved if platform of mediation is widely available at the pre litigation stage itself. My internship at Delhi International Arbitration centre helped me figure out how arbitration is actually not accessible to the strata of society who are in most need and CDR if promoted well can lead to fast dispute resolution satisfactory to the people.
Last year, in order to understand the process, I attended a boot camp by PACT on mediation and negotiation. In nutshell, my internship experiences, workshops, competitions pushed me more into consensual dispute resolution and hence I decided to be part of Indian Mediation this year.
Plan of Action to promote Mediation in my City
The plan of action would be to organize the maximum number of mediation drives in my city with the help of my college legal aid society, volunteers and various other organizations who believe in the same motto i.e. "Suljhao Magar Pyar se".
This would include making them aware of mediation as a process with the help of pamphlets and video presentations and telling people the options available currently which include connecting them with ODR Ways, Delhi dispute resolution Society and other possible centres.