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The fourth season of the Mooting Premier League sponsored by Herbert Smith began this month with top law schools notching up early wins this season.

NLU Delhi thumped NLU Jodhpur in the finals of the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition, Jindal Global Law School won the North India rounds of the Surana & Surana Trial Advocacy Moot and put up an impressive performance at the Tier 3 Henry Dunant moot.

Meanwhile, NUJS Kolkata, NLSIU Bangalore and RMLNLU Lucknow also started the season with impressive wins in the SLCU National Moot Court Competition, South India rounds of the Surana & Surana Trial Advocacy Moot and the NLU Delhi Corporate Law Moot respectively.

With 5 moots into the season, Jindal Global Law School leads the MPL 4 Season Standings with 25 points, followed by NLU Delhi.

MPL new entrants Jamia Milia Islamia University and RMLNLU Lucknow are currently placed in third and fourth position, followed by NUJS Kolkata and NLU Jodhpur.

NLU Delhi team which won Henry Dunant NLU Delhi team which won Henry Dunant Henry Dunant (NLU Delhi v. NLU Jodhpur)

NLU Delhi defeated NLU Jodhpur in the final rounds of the 12th edition of the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition. Jindal Global Law School and Nirma University finished semifinalists in the competition.

Gitanjali Ghosh from North-Eastern Hill University won the best speaker award and Navya Jannu from Jindal Global Law School bagged the best researcher award. The team from Jamia Milia Islamia University won the best memorandum award.

The NLU Delhi team consisted of speakers Utkarsh Shrivastava and Dhruv Sharma along with researcher Natasha Aggarwal and student coach Naman Joshi. Aggarwal said that the team faced some really good teams in the moot. “The teams from Nalsar Hyderabad, NLU Jodhpur and Jindal Global Law School were really good. Overall, it was a tough competition.”

Aggarwal mentioned that the judging was also good during the moot. “During the semis, we had Dr Rose Verghese on the bench who was really good. For our final rounds, we had Justice Ravindra Bhat from the Delhi High Court as the presiding judge along with Mr. Erikkson who was the Ambassador from Iceland. We also had Dr Niru Chaddha who was good. They were all brilliant.

“The problem was very biased in favour of the defence. It was funny that during the valedictory function, Mr Erikkson said that he felt bad for the prosecution teams. However, since teams had to argue both for the prosecution and the defence in each round, it wasn’t unfair to any team.”

Interestingly, Aggarwal appreciated a unique policy in the moot of having no restrictions on moot participants attending other moot court rounds. “Teams were allowed to sit and watch any other rounds that were going on. There was no restriction at all. The organisers felt that this would help the mooters as it would be a good opportunity for them to learn. We could look at our competitors - we watched NLU Jodhpur and they also stayed to watch us before the finals. This helped us prepare mentally during the moot.”

Aggarwal was also excited about NLU Delhi’s chances during this mooting season. “I hope the season goes really well. We have Stetson and K K Luthra coming up soon and I hope this is a good jumpstart for the season.” Prof. Vinai Kumar Singh from the ICRC Centre for International Humanitarian Law at the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) confirmed the results and said that 44 teams from different parts of the country participated in the moot.

SLCU Moot (NUJS Kolkata v. ILS Pune)

NUJS Kolkata defeated ILS Pune in the finals of SLCU National Moot Court Competition organised by School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law finished semifinalist and bagged the best memorandum award while NUJS speaker Pallavi Sharma won the best speaker award. Faculty of Law, IFHE Hyderabad was the other semifinalist in this Tier 5 MPL moot.

The NUJS team consisted of speakers Nivedita Sen and Pallavi Sharma along with researcher Sankarshana Meeyala. Sharma said that the moot was very well organised. “The judging was very good and the standards were quite high. The toughest team we faced was Nalsar Hyderabad in the quarters. The problem was also quite complicated.”

Sharma was quite upbeat about the current MPL season. “This time we have some good teams for national and international moots. It looks to be a promising season.”

Adoksh Shastry from Christ University confirmed the results and said that 24 teams participated in the moot. Since Christ University did not participate in the moot, the college will be awarded MPL Organiser Points.

Surana Trial Advocacy – South India (NLSIU Bangalore v. GLC Mumbai)

NLSIU Bangalore defeated GLC Mumbai in the finals of the South India rounds of the Surana & Surana Trial Advocacy Moot. School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi finished semifinalists and won the best memorandum award. Tuhina Pandey from New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune bagged the best speaker award. School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur was the other semifinalist in this Tier 5 MPL moot.

The NLS team consisted of speakers Suswagata Roy and Sharad Bansal along with researchers Aditya Kumar and Shenoy Prasad. Roy greatly appreciated the standard of judging during the moot. “The moot had fantastic judging – there were a bunch of district and sessions court judges and some practising lawyers.” Roy also said that they had quite a difficult final round against GLC Mumbai. “The teams were good. Our semifinal round against CUSAT was also quite tricky. However, GLC Mumbai was the toughest team that we faced during the moot.”

Roy also emphasised on the difference in the preparation for a criminal law moot while compared to other moots. “A lot of other factors like the amount of information that you can extract during cross examinations played a role in the moot. A lot depends on the kind of evidence you present.” When asked to comment on NLSIU’s chances of retaining the MPL title this season, Roy said that NLSIU was currently placed at an interesting juncture in terms of mooting. “Our internal team selection for various international moots concluded yesterday and we are hopefully optimistic about our performance during the season.”

Surana Trial Advocacy - North India (Jindal Global Law School v. Jamia Milia Islamia)

Jindal Global Law School beat Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia University in the final rounds of this Tier 5 MPL moot. NLU Jodhpur and Army Institute of Law, Mohali finished semifinalists. Sanjay Vashista from Jamia Milia University won the best speaker award and RMLNLU Lucknow took home the best memorandum award.

Saurabh Rath from RGNUL Patiala confirmed the results and said that 18 teams took part in the moot.

The MPL team is waiting to hear from the Kudrat Dev, a member of the moot winning team from Jindal Global Law School.

#Winning RMLNLU team: Anantha Krishnan Iyer, Natasha Sarkar and and Bhaskar Subramanian (l to r)#Winning RMLNLU team: Anantha Krishnan Iyer, Natasha Sarkar and and Bhaskar Subramanian (l to r) NLU Delhi Corp Law Moot (RMLNLU Lucknow v. NUALS Kochi)

Young law school RMLNLU Lucknow won its second MPL moot ever by defeating NUALS Kochi in the finals of the All India Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, NLU Delhi. GLC Mumbai and RGNUL Patiala finished semifinalists. ULC Bangalore bagged the best memorandum award and Anu Shrivastava from GNLU Gandhinagar won the best speaker award. RMLNLU Lucknow researcher Natasha Sarkar also bagged the best researcher award.

The RMLNLU team consisted of speakers Anantha Krishnan Iyer and Bhaskar Subramanian along with researcher Natasha Sarkar. Iyer said that the quality of judges improved as the moot progressed. “The judging was okay in the prelims. But from the quarters, it was good. The competition was also good and our round against GNLU Gandhinagar in the quarters was the toughest. We won that round by a whisker.”

Iyer appreciated the quality of the moot problem. “The moot problem was very different and innovative. It was based on the Delisting Regulations and there is not much case law on the point. It was fun to use a lot of principles and logic-related arguments to win the moot. You could not just cite case laws and win the moot.” Iyer also praised the moot organisers. “The moot was well organised. Hats off to NLU Delhi. They took care of everything.” Mubashshir Sarshar from NLU Delhi confirmed the results and said that 27 teams participated in the moot. Since NLU Delhi did not participate in the moot, they will be awarded MPL Organiser points.

International law firm Herbert Smith is sponsoring the Mooting Premier League (MPL) and will contribute a prize pool of Rs 60,000 for the top three winning colleges.

Mooting Premier League 4 season standings

Pos Law school T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Org W R/u S/F B S B M/R HM Pts Details
1 Jindal Global Law School     15   10   1   1   1   25 [Henry Dunant] (best researcher, semis); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (gold);
2 NLU Delhi     20     1 1           21 [Henry Dunant] (gold); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (organiser);
3 Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia University     10   10     1   1 1   20 [Henry Dunant] (best memo); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (silver, best speaker);
4 RMLNLU Lucknow         20   1       2   20 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (gold, best researcher); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (best memo);
5 NUJS Kolkata         15   1     1     15 [SLCU Moot] (gold, best speaker);
6 NLU Jodhpur     10   3     1 1       13 [Henry Dunant] (silver); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis);
7 Department of Law, North-Eastern Hill University     10             1     10 [Henry Dunant] (best speaker);
8 NLSIU Bangalore         10   1           10 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (gold);
9 GLC Mumbai         8     1 1       8 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (semis); [Surana Trial Adv - South] (silver);
10 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi         8       1   1   8 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best memo, semis);
10 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law         8       1   1   8 [SLCU Moot] (best memo, semis);
12 Nirma University     5           1       5 [Henry Dunant] (semis);
13 ILS Pune         5     1         5 [SLCU Moot] (silver);
13 NUALS Kochi         5     1         5 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (silver);
15 ULC Bangalore         5           1   5 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (best memo);
16 GNLU Gandhinagar         5         1     5 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (best speaker);
16 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune         5         1     5 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best speaker);
18 Army Institute of Law, Mohali         3       1       3 [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis);
18 Faculty of Law, IFHE Hyderabad         3       1       3 [SLCU Moot] (semis);
18 RGNUL Patiala         3       1       3 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (semis);
18 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur         3       1       3 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (semis);
22 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore           1             1 [SLCU Moot] (organiser);

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

New MPL 4 Correspondent

Team MPL is looking for an additional MPL Correspondent to independently and accurately report results from all the national and international MPL moots. The position is remunerated and requires serious part-time commitment, professionalism and writing skills.

You will be at the heart of the Indian mooting scene and learn the ropes from seasoned MPL correspondent Prashanth R. You’ll be involved in strategising and implementing key changes in MPL 4, confirming results of moots accurately and promptly, updating the MPL Season Standings and reporting regular breaking and exclusive stories on the outcomes of MPL moots. You will also have some responsibility for maintaining and updating the mooting pages on Legallypedia.

Students should not be very closely involved with a moot court committee in the coming season but mooting experience and good knowledge of Indian mooting is essential.

If you have what it takes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please briefly introduce yourself and outline: (a) why you think you would make a good MPL correspondent, (b) how would you improve the MPL, and (c) your mooting-related experience.

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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Vakeel 2012-09-30 13:54
wow! Jindal above NLSIU. Clearly NLS is no longer the best. Move over national law schools. Jindal is here to rule.
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Recommend! +9 Objection! -0 @ Vakeel 2012-09-30 14:52  interesting
U faced Jamia Milia in the finals of a moot. Did u really expect to lose?
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 hahahahaha 2012-10-03 03:38
I expected them to be busy brushing their egos and to not turn up for the rounds.
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Recommend! +9 Objection! -0 Double Facepalm 2012-09-30 15:01  interesting
For when one facepalm just doesn't cut it.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Jiggles ftw 2012-09-30 19:19
Quoting Double Facepalm:
For when one facepalm just doesn't cut it.


hw dare u inslt jindal global law schoollzz. Its awzm law schul. we win mootzz like, totally.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 spoke too soon 2012-09-30 17:38
Its not over until its over.. I want to see this post of yours at the end of MPL 4.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 MS 2012-09-30 18:51
LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL can't LOL enough
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Harish Chandra 2012-10-01 17:55
get a life, vakeel!
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 hahahahaha 2012-10-03 03:37
Vakeels don't have a life sweetheart.

Call me xOxO
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Recommend! +3 Objection! -0 xxx 2012-09-30 14:40
What garbage! How can a crappy rigged moot like Surana get so much weightage? Jindal will finish 20th when the MPL is over.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 Kishen 2012-09-30 14:55
I can also rule if you pay me 17 lakhs per year course fee. Just saying....
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 hahahahaha 2012-10-03 03:36
Jindal's fees is 7 lakh not 17. And while that's still costly, look at the servies they provide. Big spacious rooms, AC hostels...and...spacious rooms..um..did I mention the ACs?
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Haters Gonna hate 2012-10-03 15:06
5 lakhs tuition. 1 lakh maintenance. Hefty scholarships. Misinformed much?
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Damn 2012-09-30 15:12
Looks like none of the NALSAR teams had luck on their side. They won Rizvi over the weekend though.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Sour grapes much? 2012-09-30 15:27
Chill out guys. Sour grapes much? Jindal finished 10th in MPL 3. So they won't finish 20th.
It's just a unofficial rankings list, why do you get so flustered when somebody else does well. Good job Jindal! Keep it up.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Dr. Prasannanshu 2012-09-30 15:30
Well done, Utkarsh and Dhruv. NLU Delhi is really proud of you.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 Double Facepalm 2012-09-30 16:25
No kudos for Natasha? Haha. ..
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Haters Gonna hate 2012-09-30 15:43
Don't hate. Innovate
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 help.. 2012-09-30 16:52
Kian could u arrange Best Memorial of Corporate Law Moot or Can people from ULC Banglore send us the same..Plzz
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Unabashed Fan of Prashanth 2012-09-30 18:14
Ramu, it is truly wonderful you have decided to work so hard. It really is. We are all proud of you.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Aww 2012-09-30 18:51
So sweet!
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 I Troll Demons 2012-10-01 01:02
Must you state the obvious? We're all proud of him. He knows that already. In so many ways.

Quoting Unabashed Fan of Prashanth:
Ramu, it is truly wonderful you have decided to work so hard. It really is. We are all proud of you.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Ramu 2012-10-02 18:18
Prashanth by day something else by night
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 hahahahaha 2012-10-03 03:34
Ever read Raj comics? Know about Doga? He's so badass. And that's it..err..I dunno where I was going with this. Go away now.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Dunant Participant 2012 2012-09-30 18:58
The standard of judging in the prelims and quarters could have been a bit better. I was surprised to see that NALSAR and NLS failed to qualify for the semis. I saw NALSAR's and NLS's round in the quarter finals and in my opinion both the teams were brilliant.

Anyways Kudos to NLU-D and NLU-J for the final. It was really impressive.
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Recommend! +4 Objection! -0 Sour grapes are sour 2012-09-30 19:17
You're prolly from Nalsar or NLS yourself. If so, get over it man! My god, this undue, superfluous focus on mooting gets a little nauseating at times.

On another note, why does LI not report on student publications in international or well-reputed journals? This romanticization of mooting is something that you may oppose, Kian and Prachi, but by having a whole damn League for mooting (which I have nothing against) and not a single post for when students get published in NYU, Harvard, Yale journals(which they do, like many of my seniors) and other intl. journals you perpetuate this stereotype.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 @ DUNANT PARTICIPANT 2012 2012-11-28 16:19
Let NLS & NALSAR bend their knees and loose somewhere in mooting. Nothing wrong. there has been many instances were the good teams unluckily failed to get what they deserve. just because it was NLS and NALSAR this time no prbz.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 nick 2012-09-30 19:14
Dunant is always rigged. No one can deny the fact the Jindal faculty were judging the moot rounds.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 areeeeeee 2012-09-30 19:20
where is NALSAR in the list?
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 hahahahaha 2012-10-03 03:31
At its right place.


The bottom.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Follower 2012-09-30 20:52
Congrats to all colleges. I must say i follow MPL off and on and NLU Delhi is quite a consistent college, though jus 5 batches, dey have been in the top 4 MPL Rankings always.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 @ Follower 2012-09-30 22:05
Aww, you seem like such a non-nlu delhi guy
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Random guy 2012-10-01 00:23
Congratulations to the NLU Delhi team! :D
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Shankaran Kumar 2012-10-01 07:27
Is Rizvi on the MPL list?
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Anonymous 2012-10-01 09:27
Its good to see students from a number of law schools, that are not usually heard of amidst the deafening self-praise of 'National' law schools, performing well in these competitions. Congratulations to Gitanjali Ghosh.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 What a Shame 2012-10-02 09:59
Paid News...........paid by the Jindals.........you too Kian
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 hahahahaha 2012-10-03 03:32
hoo hoo paid paid...boo hoo...should we sacrifice a pig and eat a horse's head from pipes made of human teeth?
Nope.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 CLAT ASPIRANT 2012-10-02 11:50
NLU, DELHI. How I wish that I get there the next year. I really want nothing other than NLUD. Went there to the college, and I was truly enchanted. NLUD, GO NLUD.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 NLU Moot Participant 2012-10-03 16:06
RMLNLU's toughest opponent in the NLU Delhi Moot was not GNLU but NUALS. It was announced during the valedictory function that RML beat NUALS only by 0.45 marks. Also to note is that RML had secured 1.2 marks more in their memo than the other finalist team. The memo marks are added in the competition to determine who the winner is. So, logically thinking, NUALS in fact beat RML in the speaking rounds but RML won because of their memo marks
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Recommend! +3 Objection! -0 manfred lachs world rounds 2012-10-03 20:59
what ws d result f d manfred lachs semi-finals of d world rounds???? Update...
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 NLS Won 2012-10-04 23:36
Best Team, Best Oralist and Best Memo (100 points) :-)
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Congrats 2012-10-05 12:33
Quoting NLS Won:
Best Team, Best Oralist and Best Memo (100 points) :-)

I know nw... Congrats to the team :)dey hv been outstanding frm d funding rounds to the World Rounds...
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Keep it up! 2012-10-11 08:46
Quoting Double Facepalm:
For when one facepalm just doesn't cut it.

Keep it up..:D
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