Effective, efficient and expeditious mechanism of dispute resolution is an essential component for growth and development of international trade and commerce. It is common practice for parties involved in international maritime commercial transactions to choose a preferred alternate mechanism for resolving disputes because of its supposed efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Arbitration is a recognised branch of dispute resolution in international maritime trade and commerce. Specifically speaking in maritime sector consensually agreed dispute resolution apply to diverse activities including financing, building, sale and acquisition, deployment of ships, carriage of goods by sea, marine insurances and other marine adventures and the other contractual relationships arising from the use of ships.
London and New York have been conventionally dominant centres of maritime arbitration. In recent past, Singapore and China have put significant efforts to develop and promote the arbitral systems and to encourage the International maritime community to use their venues for the resolution of disputes. The economic growth of India and the consequent increase in trade flow being followed by a desire of the maritime community to resolve their disputes locally in an effective, efficient and expeditious manner.
The Centre carries an outlook to foster active research on the contemporary issues of the ever-growing legal field and to promote capacity building. The Centre aspires to become a Centre of excellence for research, advocacy and capacity building in the field of dispute resolution in Maritime sector with special focus on alternate dispute resolution, and to be recognized locally and globally for quality of service rendered by the Centre.
The Centre aims to provide new insights, knowledge transfer and training in the area by organizing International events such as Conferences, Seminars, Webinars Capacity building training programmes for sector professionals and students and by starting its own journal in Law of Maritime Dispute Resolution.
Center aims to facilitate disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and enhance its horizon by forming collaboration with International Arbitral Institutions and arbitrators of International repute having made substantial contribution in the field of arbitration and alternate dispute resolution.
Centre aims to aid in providing legal consultancies to the individuals and organizational bodies in need. It will work in acquiring national and international research projects and thereby enable research on adequate implementation of Alternate Dispute Resolution Law in maritime sector, both at local and global level.
The core values adopted by the Centre for Maritime Dispute Resolution are ethics, Integrity, Teamwork, Neutrality, Excellence, and Empathy.
The Centre aspires to make contribution in the field of Maritime Dispute Resolution at local and global level by.
The mentioned Five-Year Plans will be followed to achieve the Vision, mission and ensuing that the Centre fulfills the intended functions.
The Centre will:
The Centre will:
The Research Centre shall encourage participation from all the faculty members. In particular, the following shall be the members:
|Patron in Chief
|Shri Rajkumar Beniwal, IAS
Vice Chairman & CEO, Gujarat Maritime Board
|Prof. Dr. S. Shanthakumar
Provost & Director (I/C), School of Maritime Law Policy & Administration Gujarat Maritime University
|Head of the Centre
|Dr. Waseem Ahmad Bhat
PhD, LL.M, LL.B, UGC-NET Assistant Professor of Law, School of Maritime Law, Policy & Administration Gujarat Maritime University
|Dr. Abhay Singh Thakur
PhD, LL.M., LL.B, UGC-NET Assistant Professor of Law, School of Maritime Law, Policy & Administration Gujarat Maritime University
|Dr. Mohit Gupta
PhD, LL.M., LL.B, BA, NET-JRF Assistant Professor of Law, School of Maritime Law, Policy & Administration Gujarat Maritime University
The Centre faculty members will also constitute a student members’ body and are expected to encourage all students to participate in research-based activities by way of regular assignments, activities, practical exercises, etc. Each student will be given an equal opportunity to be a part of the Centre.