Early in October, Hiram Chodosh, Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and Professor Shimon Shetreet of Hebrew University in Jerusalem delivered the prestigious M.K. Nambyar Memorial Lectures on the controversial issue of a Uniform Civil Code for India. Based on extensive comparative research and an exploration of mediation, the two scholars presented a series of proposals intended to help depolarize and disaggregate the complex conflicts over family and personal law in India.
On October 7, Chodosh and Professor Shimon Shetreet, Greenblatt Professor of Public & International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, were the keynote speakers at the The M.K. Nambyar Memorial Lectures. The theme of the Lecture was A Uniform Civil Code for India. Shetreet’s lecture was titled “The Challenge of implementing a Uniform Civil Code for India: A Proposed Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse in Comparative Perspective.” Chodosh’s lecture was titled “Mediating the Uniform Civil Code.” The Lecture was held at the C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, with the Honorable Chief Justice of India, Justice K.G. Balakrishnan presiding. Click here to read an article about the Lecture.
On October 11, Shetreet and Chodosh spoke again on the Uniform Civil Code. At this event, held at the Taj Connemara Hotel in Chennai, Shetreet’s presentation was titled “Reflections on the Implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in a Society of Diversity: Comparative Lessons for India.” Chodosh’s presentation was titled ““Internalizing Mediation in the Formation and Application of the Uniform Civil Code.” The Honorable Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Justice H.L. Gokhale presided over the Lecture. Click here to read an article about the Lecture.
The Nambyar Lecture series is named in honor of one of India’s most distinguished constitutional lawyers and organized by Mr. Nambyar’s son, K.K. Venogopal, one of India’s top Supreme Court senior advocates. Now in its eighth year, the series has attracted top international experts, including Peter Goldsmith and Sandra Day O’Connor, who also spoke on critical issues. The Shetreet and Chodosh lectures will be published by Sweet & Maxwell in book form later this year.
While in India, Chodosh also delivered three additional presentations to mediation centers in Delhi and Ahmedabad. On October 6, Chodosh presented a lecture titled “Internalizing Mediation, Externalizing Justice” at the New Delhi High Court Mediation Center. On October 7, he presented “Global Significance of Mediation in India” at the Ahmedabad High Court Mediation Center. The following day, on October 8, he presented “Incremental Approaches to the Indianization of Mediation” at the City Civil Court of Ahmedabad Mediation Center.” Dean Chodosh has been involved in the mediation movement in India since its beginning. He co-authored the study in 1996 with former Chief Justice Ahmadi (which was later published in the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics in 1999) and led to critically important amendments in the Civil Procedure Code promulgated in 1999 and implemented in 2002. Since that time, he has worked periodically with leading mediation experts. He served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2003, and published Mediation in India: A Toolkit (2003) with Niranjan Bhatt and Firdosh Kassam. Dean Chodosh and Jim Holbrook, also a professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, developed and delivered a mediation training course in Mumbai, Bhopal, and Goa in 2007.