Webinar on DMRC v. DAMEPL Saga: An Inevitable Step or an Unnecessary Intervention? Register Now!

About CADR

The Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, NLU Delhi, has a vision to promote the use of ADR methods among legal and non-legal professionals, students and the general public at large. The Centre envisions a society which values harmony, peaceful co-existence and diversity. The Centre strives to contribute to the vision and mission of the National Law University Delhi of developing human beings who are technically sound, socially relevant and emotionally strong by imbibing the skills of ADR methods like active listening, understanding others’ points of view, discussions, empathy, rational thinking and community interest. The Centre aims to change societal perspectives on disputes and disagreements from being viewed negatively to being seen as opportunities.

About the Webinar

The Supreme Court’s decision in DMRC v. DAMEPL emphasises the complex interplay between arbitration and judicial interference in India. Despite working hard to maintain an arbitration-friendly image of India and the Indian judiciary, the Supreme Court, while deciding the curative petition, ventured to exercise its extraordinary powers to set aside an arbitration award in a long-held dispute between Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi Airport Metro Express Limited (DAMEPL). The Court found this dispute to be a fit case where the concern for justice had to be given preference over the principle of finality. Throughout the proceedings, the Bench was conscious to highlight the extraordinary nature of the issue. The Court noted that when curative petitions are filed concerning commercial issues, the threshold for consideration is aggravated.

While the judgment has been reported as a big and positive step in social media and newspaper reports it raises some serious concerns in the world of business and arbitration community.

  • Does this judgment affect the “Ease of doing Business” motto of the nation?
  • Are there any special lessons for arbitrators and courts while dealing with disputes relating to infrastructure projects in India, especially involving a PPP model?
  • Does this judgment indicate that the commercial disputes having the Government as one of the parties will be treated as a different category?
  • Can this judgment be considered a peculiar commentary on the dispute resolution scenario in India?

This Webinar aims to address the above and similar questions. It aims to bring together legal experts to critically analyse the practical implications of this extraordinary step taken by the Supreme Court of India. The Webinar will be an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the dispute between DMRC and DAMEPL and the dispute resolution scenario in India.

Esteemed Panelists

  • Hon’ble Mr. Justice (Retd.) B.N. Srikrishna – Former Judge, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, and Eminent Jurist
  • (Dr.) Ruhi Paul – Registrar, National Law University Delhi
  • Priyanka Shetty – Partner, AZB & Partners
  • Kartikey Mahajan – Partner, Khaitan & Co
  • Gauhar Mirza – Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Moderator – Dr Nidhi Gupta (Associate Professor) National Law University Delhi.


May 18, 2024


4:00 PM

How to Register?

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Registration Deadline

17 May 2024.


If you have any concerns or clarifications, you may write to [email protected].


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