More than 190 delegates attended the Federation of Indian Corporate Lawyers (FICL) second flagship annual one-day conference, Delhi Discourse 2023, at the Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi on 26 May.
The confereence theme was “Navigating India’s legal terrain in the era of Amrit Kaal”. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi first used the term Amrit Kaal in 2021 while unveiling a new road map for India for the next 25 years as the country will celebrate the centenary of its independence.
Delegates from India’s public and private sectors attended the event, including 37 keynote speakers from leading law firms and general counsel. The event featured seven curated sessions exploring various perspectives shaping the Indian legal landscape.
Attorney General of India R Venkataramani gave the presidential address in the inaugural session and was followed by Delhi High Court judge, Navin Chawla, who gave the keynote speech.
Ashok Sharma, the founder and CEO of the FICL, spoke about the organisation’s recent activities and paid homage to the late Rajiv Luthra, the founder and managing partner of Indian law firm Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India. SB Mitra, honorary president of the FICL, delivered his welcome address.
Venkataramani, Sharma and Mitra, felicitated Lalit Bhasin, the president of the Society of Indian Law Firms and the FICL’s patron, on his illustrious 61-year journey at the bar, which is testimony to his exemplary service and dedication in the field of law.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law of Singapore Edwin Tong gave a special address via video.
Hemant Gupta, chair of the newly founded India International Arbitration Centre; MM Kumar, the founding president of the National Company Law Tribunal and a former chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court; and Manmohan Singh, retired Delhi High Court judge, also gave special addresses on dispute resolution, insolvency and intellectual property.
The conference also featured the results of the Survey on Dispute Resolution in India by the FICL and the Centre for Trade and Investment Law, marking the first attempt to assess the recent developments and amendments in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and court litigation across major cities in the country.
“The Survey of Dispute Resolution in India, 2023, aims to explore how the business community in India has embraced and utilised various modes of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and court litigation,” said Rohan Sharma, the director of the FICL.
“The survey seeks the perspectives of a diverse group of participants, including in-house counsel from both the public and private sectors, arbitrators, senior advocates, advocates, representatives of arbitral institutions and trade associations, academics, and experts.”