About Us

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Based in Chennai, the centre is modelled on the lines of the International Council of Arbitration set up by the International Chamber of commerce, Paris. Incorporated in 2005 as a company under section 25 of the companies Act, NPAC is the only arbitration forum in South India to have been formally recognized by the Madras High Court.

Founded by the Palkhivala Foundation, the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre (NPAC) aims to be a world class arbitration facility.

Based in Chennai, the Centre is modelled on the lines of the International Council of Arbitration set up by the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris. Incorporated in 2005 as a company under Section 25 of the Companies Act, NPAC is the only arbitration forum in South India to have been formally recognized by the Madras High Court.

We provide the following today:

Administrative services in the area of arbitration.


Three arbitration halls equipped with computers and secretarial assistance where arbitration proceedings can be conducted. Available seven days a week 10am-7pm.


Institutional Arbitration where our own rules can be applied along with our Schedule Of Fees.


Fees are fixed on a slab basis and require the proceedings to be completed in a time-bound manner. Compliance, claims / counter will be filed and monitored by our in-house lawyer, the Registrar.


An eminent panel of Arbitrators


A functional library and wireless access.


A membership scheme enabling you to make use of our offerings with various benefits.


Our meeting rooms are also available for client meetings, company meetings, training workshops, and mediations.


Seminars & International Conferences


Our quarterly journal ‘Dispute Resolutions’.


Hall Availability & Booking

We are just launching an annual journal on Arbitration – domestic and international. If you have articles you would like to contribute do send them to us for consideration to nparbitration@gmail.com

Integrity and fairness are at the heart of NPAC’s mission. The Centre’s Governing Council and Board of Directors are some of the most respected names in law and business from across India.

Governing Council members include a former Chief Justice of India, the Honorable M.N. Venkatachaliah, and a former Attorney General of India, Soli J. Sorabjee. The Board includes the CFO of Tata Consultancy Services, S. Mahalingam as well as three expert lawyers, Arvind Datar, N.L. Rajah and V.S. Jayakumar.

The Centre’s strategy is to target business clusters and provide educational workshops and materials to raise awareness of the benefits of institutional arbitration and of utilizing NPAC’s services. Through its vast network of legal and business contacts NPAC seeks to emerge as the arbitral institution of choice for many of India’s top firms.

Our board of directors understands the Indian business environment and how institutional arbitration can fill a critical gap. This depth of insight is difficult to replicate.

We plan to conduct educational programs for state bar associations, the Supreme Court bar association, chambers of commerce, and other interested individuals across India. To this end we have signed an MoU with CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK – India branch) and AIA (Association for International Arbitration, Belgium).

Dr. Durga Lakshmi

Dr. J. Durgalakshmi, our Registrar is a Doctorate holder with extensive experience in the field of education. She runs educational courses in arbitration, conducts seminars and conferences, raises visibility by speaking at meetings and meeting companies to explain what institutional arbitration can provide and how it can be of benefit.