This Final Report marks the culmination of the two-year research project titled “Strengthening Legal Provisions for the Enforcement of Contracts: Reassessing the Quality and Efficiency of Dispute Resolution of Commercial Matters in India” granted to Centre for Environmental Law, Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA) by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India under the Scheme for Action Research and Studies on Judicial Reforms. To strengthen contract enforcement and improve ease of doing business in India, reforms are required in both substantive as well as procedural law. The substantive law reforms will have an indirect impact on the Ease of Doing Business rankings (as conceptualized by the World Bank). It will help in creating a robust legal regime that can instill confidence in the investors and other parties, and in ensuring that their rights are protected. The procedural law reforms will have a direct impact on the Ease of Doing Business rankings as the parameter of contract enforcement take into account only the procedural aspects of law.
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