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India’s Mediation Act, 2021

by Charlie Young
January 2022 Charlie Young

India passed its ground breaking Mediation Act, 2021 on December 15, 2021. It’s based on a national decision for mediation to be a force for a better country. From my perspective, it’s a giant step forward for mediation. It makes mediation an integral part of India’s judicial system country wide. It funds a national system of support for mediation, provides standards for mediators and the mediation process. Allowance for further enhancements and improvements is provided through the empowerment of designated committees.

The enforcement of mediated agreements will be supported by the courts.

Time lines are provided to expedite resolutions.

Importantly for me, the Act spells out the values of mediation. It specifically mentions that mediations benefit communities.

It refers to mediation as the preferred mode of ADR.

The bill refers to India’s goal of being a leader in the field of mediation. My personal interaction with Indian mediators leads me to believe that they’re going to be successful. YCM (Youth Conflict Management & Mediation), an Indian youth organization, is already setting up centers in schools to teach communication and mediation skills.

The new law may not be perfect.  But, my monthly interaction with Indian mediators Zooming on E-mediation Writings encountered a tangible enthusiasm for the support and recognition of mediation by the Indian government. 

Contact me if you wish a copy of the bill. I’ll send a download. 


Charlie Young was raised and educated in MA, and was ordained a priest for the Baker City Oregon Diocese.  Charlie served as a priest in the Baker diocese from 1958 to 1977 and was an assistant pastor and pastor and the Director of the Office of Religious Education from 1971-77.  He left the diocese in 1977 and after a year of discernment, asked to become a lay person.

Since then Charlie has been a flight instructor, corporate pilot and served as a Human Resources Director for several large firms.  In his last position, he was the Head Trainer for a Total Quality Management program.  The goal was to establish the company as a leading electrical contractor in Oregon.   The owners believed that they achieved their goal.

Since retirement in 1997, Charlie has been active as a mediator in the judicial system and the Community Dispute Resolution program, Community Solutions (CS) of Deschutes County.  He has participated in 1,400+ mediations in the last 18 years and has assisted in several basic mediator training programs and has conducted advanced mediation skills seminars.  He is a facilitative mediator who leans toward being a transformative mediator. 


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