The CCC ICLP ADR Center (Guarantee) Limited
Miss Damithri Welikala
Project Coordinator/Case Manager
The ADR Center, Sri Lanka is the first and only institution in Sri Lanka providing alternative dispute resolution services (ADR services) such as mediation and, arbitration with a set of Rules of international standard. The ADR Center has the competence, capacity and the capability to provide world class ADR services and hence would contribute towards Sri Lanka being accepted as a hub for ADR in the future.
The ADR Center was established in 2018 as a not-for-profit Company limited by guarantee. It is a collaborative effort of two joint venture Partners- the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (“CCC”) which is the premier business Chamber in the country and the Institute for the Development of Commercial Law and Practice (“ICLP”), a non-profit organisation with the objects of the development of commercial law and its practice in Sri Lanka by setting up the first and only institutionalised arbitration centre in Colombo on 15th March 1996 and providing training in arbitration, adjudication, and other spheres of commercial law in Sri Lanka.
The Board of Directors of the CCC-ICLP ADR Center, are currently the following:
• Dr K. Kanag-Isvaran, Presidents’ Counsel (Chairman of the Board)
• Mrs Dhara Wijayatilake, Attorney-at-Law, LL.B (Cey) (Hon. Secretary General)
• Dr J.M. Swaminathan, Attorney-at-Law, Partner M/s Julius & Creasy.
• Dr Harsha Cabral, Presidents’ Counsel,
• Mrs Dilani Alagaratnam, LL.B., LL.M (Sri Lanka), Attorney-at-Law.
• Mrs Shehara Varia, Attorney-at-Law, Partner F J & G de Saram.
The CCC-ICLP ADR Center Rules on Arbitration and Mediation:
The ADR Center launched its Rules on Arbitration and Mediation on the 22nd of April 2021. These Rules were formulated with the assistance from experts in the field and based on principles contained in rules of successful ADR Centers in this region and Sri Lanka’s own experience, and is compatible with international standards. The Rules can be accessed through the following link;
Awareness and Training:
The ADR Center has invested significantly in popularizing ADR by conducting awareness of ADR mechanisms amongst the judiciary, professional communities (engineers and lawyers, university students and the academia); extensive training of potential arbitrators and mediators who come from a plethora of disciplines; training the administrative staff in managing a facility providing ADR services in compliance with international standards.
To date, it has trained approximately 130 persons and the target for 2021/22 is to train and accredit 20 to 30 Mediators and Arbitrators, making it possible for the ADR Center to commence dispute resolution services.
The Commercial Law Development Programme of the US Department of Commerce (CLDP’) and the USAID’s Coherent, Open, Responsive and Effective Justice Program (‘CORE Justice’) have provided support to engage experts from overseas as Resource Persons for these training programmes and for the publications of the Rules.
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