Lex Infinitum 2018, the third edition of the International Alternate Dispute Resolution Competition hosted by V. M. Salgaocar College of Law and the World Mediation Organisation (WMO) saw a grand inaugural in Panjim city at the hands of the esteemed Chief Guest for the night, Mr. Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) Advocates and Solicitors along with the Guest of Honour Mrs. Vandana Shroff, Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Advocates and Solicitors.

Held at the Backwaters of Panjim Community Centre, the inaugural ceremony began with Shri. Dattaraj Salgaocar, President of Devi Sharvani Society’s V. M. Salgaocar College of Law, warmly welcoming our dignitaries and guests. talked about the rising popularity of mediation and negotiation and its importance in the business world. An avid supporter since its inception, Mr. Salgaocar spoke about the progress of Lex Infinitum and congratulated the organizers for the ripples caused among law students around the world, getting them interested in participating in more such events.

He then handed the mike over to Dr. M.R.K. Prasad, Principal of V.M. Salgaocar College of Law who addressed the gathering on behalf of the organizers and informally invited everyone to participate in future editions of Lex Infinitum.

WMO Representative, Mr. Roland Wilson went up next and briefly spoke about the VMSCL- WMO partnership and looked forward to future editions of Lex Infinitum together.Next, the president of the Lex Infinitum 2018, John James Samuel addressed the gathering and introduced and explained the concept of the event after which the dignitaries unveiled the winner’s trophies to be bagged at the end of Lex Infinitum.

Mr. Cyril Shroff officially declared Lex Infinitum open and the audience released a large swarm of blue and green balloons, keeping in theme with the Lex Infinitum colors as a symbolic gesture of inaugurating the event.

Mr. Cyril Shroff then took to the stage and shared his wise words of wisdom. He explained about the Greek legends which introduced the art of negotiation and the origins of mediation amongst humankind and its progress through the ages. He encouraged the large crowd of budding lawyers and scholars in the audience to take complete advantage of the large resources available to students today which they lacked back in his time as a law student. He also observed the relationship between litigation and mediation as modes of dispute resolution and gave his opinions on how they would work in different cases, citing a case his firm recently handles and it’s success. He too congratulated the organizers and participants alike for their interest and willingness to try to expand the horizons of mediation in the country and wished them luck.

Finally, the function was concluded by the Director of Lex Infinitum 2018, Dr. Sandhya Ram who thanked our dignitaries, sponsors, participants, and everyone involved in the event and wished everyone the best of luck for the days of rigorous competition that are to follow.