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VADR CPD Event: Dr Rajesh Sharma “Resolving a Religious Dispute through Mediation in India”

17/07/2017 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm AEST


This information about a VADR CPD presentation is provided for Mediation Institute students and Mi RMAB Members convenience. Contact VADR for more information about the event.

17 July, when Dr Rajesh Sharma will speak on the topic ‘Resolving a Religious Dispute through Mediation in India’. A flyer is attached.

The background to the decades-long dispute, over a small piece of land (1500 square feet), is as follows. Hindus claim they should own the land because they believe Lord Ram was born on it, while Muslims consider it theirs, as a mosque was built there during Muslim rule in India. Riots and killings have resulted from the dispute, and in 1992, a Hindu mob destroyed the mosque. To avoid further religious or communal violence, the Indian government asked the High Court to rule on the matter. In 2010, the High Court, without resolving ownership, divided that land and adjoining land between Hindus and Muslims.

Unhappy with the decision, both sides have appealed to the Supreme Court of India. While the case is still pending, the Chief Justice has recently suggested that the parties attempt to resolve the issue through mediation. In his presentation, Dr Sharma will focus on the viability of the use of mediation to resolve the various issues involved in the dispute. Audience discussion is encouraged.

Dr Rajesh Sharma is a Senior Lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University, an accredited mediator at the Mainland Hong Kong Joint Mediation Centre, a panel arbitrator with the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and a member of India International ADR Association. He is a Research Fellow of the International Academy of the Belt and Road and a member of that organisation’s DR Rules Drafting Committee. Dr Sharma has also conducted research and provided expert comments to UNCITRAL on mediation and conciliation. He is Chief Editor of ADR World and has published a book entitled Dispute Settlement Mechanism in the FTAs of Asia.

Event details are as follows:

Date:      Monday 17 July 2017

Time:     5.45pm (registration/networking) for 6.15pm to 7.15pm

Cost:      Free (non-members $25)

Venue:   Coopers Inn, cnr Exhibition & Little Lonsdale Sts, Melbourne

The event carries one CPD point. Finger foods will be provided and drinks are available at bar prices.


5:45 pm - 7:15 pm


0432 498639


Coopers Inn
Corner Exhibition and Little Lonsdale Streets
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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0432 498639
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