You are here

Online Dispute Resolution in India

May 18, 2020

ODR has never been as pertinent as it is today. The Supreme Court of India has already hinted at hearings via video conferencing on a “large scale”. While the bar and the bench ought to be prepared, some important aspects still need further deliberation, especially if e-hearings will become the new normal. Our speakers will discuss issues around (i) privacy and cyber security, (ii) conflict of interest in ownership and control of platforms, (iii) adopting standardized protocols, (iv) bandwidth, (v) leading evidence and cross-examining witnesses and (vi) overall impact on lawyers/law firms and the practice of law across India.

Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law, India, Moderator
Shreyas Jayasimha is an advocate, arbitrator and mediator with over 19 years of experience in domestic and international dispute resolution across various industrial sectors. He has recently established Aarna ADR in Maxwell Chambers, Singapore.  Shreyas is a member of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), Geneva since 2012, is the National Coordinator for the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee of India (UNCCI) and is a member of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA) Council.  Shreyas is also the only India based representative of the ICC Fruadnet focused on asset-tracing and recovery. He has been co-counsel for a State party in two significant investment treaty arbitrations.

Ameet Datta, SaiKrishna & Associates, India
Ameet Datta is a partner with Saikrishna & Associates specializing in copyright, trademark and design litigation as well as technology, media & entertainment, and, trade & regulatory compliance counsel. He drives the TMT and Policy reform, advocacy and development group at the firm advising various technology and creative sector industry groups in the consumer durable, IT, broadcast, film, software and print publishing space.  With over 20 years’ experience as an IP litigator and lawyer, Ameet has advised leading Indian and international industry clients on diverse matters related to content creation, protection and monetisation. Ameet, in last 10 years, has actively engaged in policy reform around the copyright sphere having deposed as an expert witness before Parliamentary Standing Committees.

Chittu Nagarajan, Contract Wrangler and Founder of CREK ODR, India
Chittu Nagarajan is a pioneer in the field of ODR for the last 20 years, a thought leader and a serial ODR Entrepreneur. Her current venture is CREK ODR a 4th Generation ODR Technology Solutions Platform. Before CREK she Co-founded Modria - the world's leading online dispute resolution platform, was the Head of eBay and PayPal Community Courts and founder of one of the first ODR platforms - ODRIndia and ODRWorld.  She is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) at UMass- Amherst and a Founding Board member at the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR). Chittu is also the Managing Director of Contract Wrangler (India), a one of a kind Contract Management and Analysis Company in the Silicon Valley. She holds a Master’s degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution to Ecommerce Disputes, a Graduate degree in Law and BA in History. She is a Certified Mediator and holds a Legal Practicing Certificate.

Manish Dembla, Kochhar & Co, India
Manish has about 14 years’ experience in diverse areas of law. Over the past few years, the main thrust of his practice has been dispute resolution and litigation pertaining to infrastructure and construction projects. Manish has been involved in complex and high value arbitration (both domestic and international) as well as arbitration related court proceedings in this sector.  He has also been representing clients from various other industries such as real estate, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, education, aviation, consumer goods, information technology, telecommunication, banking, insurance, etc. in a wide spectrum of matters.  Manish was recognized by the Asia-Pacific Legal 500 as the “Next Generation Lawyer” for: (1) Projects & Energy; and (2) Dispute Resolution in 2016 and 2017.”