Introduction to Law for Construction Managers
Dates: 11,12 Dec & 18,19 Dec 2021
Duration: 18 hours
Timings: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

All sessions will be held online. The link will be announced later

Last date for Registration: December 10, 2021 till 5:00 PM

All participants shall get a certificate of participation at the end of course

REGISTER NOW Course Overview

The course highlights the importance of understanding basic concepts of law to be able to effectively manage construction contracts, and aims at achieving clearer understanding of

  • Definition, components and types of a contract and their relevance
  • Common principles and terminology
  • Common mistakes during contract formulation
  • Disputes and mechanisms of dispute resolution
  • Limitations of typical Indian construction contracts
About the Course

With the emphasis on creation of infrastructure in the country, India is seen as a massive market for construction activities, and with the growing importance of financial institutions and international bidders, the construction sector has become a very fertile ground for development of new and increasingly complex contracts. In this context, it is becoming increasingly important that engineers are not only technically sound but also possess basic skills in understanding and be able to critically examine a contract document regardless of which stakeholder (client, designer, contractor) they are working with.

Given that almost every action of an engineer is governed by contractual obligations, engineers need to understand legal and possibly financial implications of professional actions, and legal rights and obligations of the different stakeholders. The participation of international players, who may not be necessarily familiar with the Indian laws, only complicates the scenario. With increased diversity of dispute resolution forums and increasingly important role of domain experts in dispute resolution there is an increasing demand for technical experts familiar with the principles of legal processes.

Course Objective

This course is designed to create an awareness and improve understanding of contracts and contract-based construction processes. Starting with the basic terminology, and covering the life cycle of construction events, the course presents common challenges and mistakes that could obstruct successful completion of the contracts, or ultimately lead to disputes. The course is designed for students and engineers aspiring to effectively manage construction contracts and would also be useful for teachers in engineering colleges. The material will include a discussion of several case-studies and illustrative examples to facilitate understanding.

Course Outcome
  • Clarity in understanding and interpretation of contract documents
  • Grasp of common mistakes which result into breach and termination of contract
  • Skills and knowledge to explore possibilities of dispute resolution before resorting to law and court proceedings
Course Faculty

Dr. Sudhir Misra
Course Coordinator


Department of Civil Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, India


Dr. Amarjit Singh


Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Hawai'i
Manoa, USA


Dr. Nidhi Gupta

Associate Professor

National Law University,
Jodhpur, India


Mr. Badrinath Srinivasan


Ministry of Petroleum on Natural Gas,
Government of India


Mr. Abhishek Anand

Advocate, Co Founder

Sarvada Legal

Topics to be covered
  • Basic Legal Concepts Governing Construction Contracts and Components of a Construction Contract
  • Forms of Construction Contracts ( Standard Form; FIDIC Rules for International Contracting)
  • Processes in Formation of Construction Contracts particularly Government Contracts ( Bids, Tenders)
  • Financial Instruments to Safeguard Performance
  • Main Disputes in Construction Contracts: Delays, Price Variations, Scope of Work, Termination
  • Dispute Avoidance Processes: Mechanisms to Prevent Conflict to become Legal Dispute
  • Dispute Resolution Methods: Non-Adjudicative, Adjudicative

Tentative Schedule

The link for the lectures will be uploaded shortly

Day One (December 11, 2021)
Sr. No. Session / Time Duration Topics
1. 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM 15 Min Welcome Remarks and Introduction
2. 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM 1 hr Importance of Contracts in Construction Industry
3. 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM 1 hr Understanding Contract as a legal concept – I
Break- 11.15 to 11.30am
4. 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM 1 hr Understanding Contract as a legal concept - II
5. 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 1 hr Contracting in the global scenario: Introduction to FIDIC Red Book
Day Two (December 12, 2021)
6. 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 1 hr Types of contracts
7. 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 1 hr Processes in Formation of Contract and their Legal Implications – I
Break- 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
8. 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM 1 hr Processes in Formation of Contract and their legal implications – II
9. 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 1 hr Technical specifications and risk allocation – Some examples
Day Three (December 18, 2021)
10. 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 2 hr Tort Law
Break- 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
11. 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 2 hr Differences, Conflicts and Disputes; Dispute Avoidance and Dispute Resolution
Day Four (December 19, 2021)
12. 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 2 hr Financial Instruments to Safeguard Performance:
Break- 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
13 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM 1 hr Case Studies I
14 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 1 hr Case Studies II
15 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Concluding and feedback session
Registration Procedure

Last date for Registration: December 10 2021 till 5:00 PM

Registration Fees

Category For Indian Participants
For Foreign Participants
Non IITK Faculty 10,620 /- 150
IITK Faculty 7,000 /- NA
Non IITK Student 4,720 /- 75
IITK Student 2,000 /- NA
Personnel from Industries/ R&D and Govt. Organizations 21,240 /- 300

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Course Code: 22/39
Course Title: Introduction to Law for Construction Managers
Course Duration: 11,12 Dec & 18,19 Dec 2021