NLSIU Bangalore pipped SOEL Chennai in the finals of the Jessup South India Qualifiers, beefing up its already huge lead this season.
SOEL speaker Krishna won the best speaker and NLSIU bagged the best memorandum award in this Tier 3 MPL moot that is the qualifier to the Jessup International Rounds.
This is the fifth moot win and best memorandum citation for NLSIU Bangalore this season and it now enjoys a huge 82-point lead over NLU Jodhpur. SOEL Chennai moved up from 19th position to 7th, and Nalsar Hyderabad moved up from 8th place to 6th in the MPL 3 Season Standings.
The NLSIU team consisted of speakers Anupama Kumar and Divyanshu Agrawal along with researchers Sharad Bansal and Jahnavi Sindhu.
Kumar said that the team enjoyed working together. “The moot was a lot of fun. It was an incredible experience to face tough questions posed by the judges and to be able to think on your feet, knowing that you could not say anything immediately.”
Kumar stated categorically that the judging standards throughout the moot were good. “In our first round we had a silent but good bench and in our second round we had an aggressive bench who asked a lot of questions. In the final rounds, we had judges like Prof Ambrose (who has been judging the moot for quite a few years now) and Rishab Sancheti, who asked us challenging questions and tested our basics. We were forced to pause, think and answer immediately.”
When asked about the likelihood of NLSIU winning the MPL, Kumar remained cautious. “We are keeping our fingers crossed for the international rounds. We have to get together and figure out a lot of things and it will be a lot of work. It is too early to predict the MPL outcome this season as there are many top moots like Vis, Jessup which are yet to happen and there is also much that is left to chance. That said, it feels nice to have won this moot.”
The moot was organised by Surana & Surana International Attorneys in collaboration with NUALS Kochi. Vaisakhi R from the NUALS Moot Court Committee said that this was the first time the University was organising an international moot. “Overall, the moot went off well. We did have a few glitches here and there. The accommodation for the participants was a bit far away but we did have transportation facilities. The teams were happy with the feedback from the judges and we tried to keep the moot as transparent as possible.” 15 teams participated in the competition.
Both NLS Bangalore and SOEL Chennai will be representing South India in the Jessup International rounds at Washington D.C in March. The Jessup North India rounds will be taking place this weekend at Amity Law School, New Delhi.
Tier wise Statistics
Legend: T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 (total points won in each tier); Org (Organiser points); Pos (Position); W (Wins); R/u (Runner-ups); S/F- Semifinalist; Q/F (Quarter Finalist, applicable only for Tier 1 Moots); O/F (Octa Finalist, applicable only for Tier 1 Moots); B S(Best speaker); B M/R (Best Memorandum/Researcher); HM (Honorable Mention & other equivalent awards); Pts (Points)
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