Writing this on Sunday after delivering a four day foundation skills course to 30 participants here in Delhi. Training that many was quite a challenge for the three of us especially trying to remember that many names which aren't familiar to us!!!!! The International Centre for ADR (ICADR), which hosted the training is an impressive building from the outside and the participants were mainly senior lawyers with a few other professions as well as a retired judge.
One of the issues which come up here as it did in Pakistan, is how you encourage mediation in a jurisdiction that has no costs sanction at all, and relatively low costs. Therefore defendants have no incentive to settle, rather it encourages them to delay and therefore not to settle.
Out side of work, one of the funniest moments came at the hotel when we were having a drink reviewing the day on Friday , when this woman approached us and very deadpan said " I am the hotel tarot reader, if you want to know your future I am at the desk in the Lobby" she then turned around and walked away. All of us were silent for about 5 seconds processing what we had just heard and then all burst out laughing.......it had been a long day and that just rounded it off nicely!!!!
Had a day off today and was going to go to Agra and the Taj today but would have had to get up at 5am so gave it a miss. Did have a look around old Delhi and now going down to have a swim. Another 4 day course starting tomorrow.