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Indian world glory: NUJS wins ELSA WTO moot in Dominican Republic; GNLU to semis

Mooting Premier League sponsored by Clifford Chance
Mooting Premier League sponsored by Clifford Chance

NUJS Kolkata has won the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law in the Dominican Republic last Sunday (30 May) beating GNLU Ghandinagar in the semi-finals and topping 14 other international teams, according to the winning team.

The NUJS final round team consisted of team captain Sneha Janakiraman, Vallishree Chandra, while Shan Kohli also participated in the final round as the team's researcher, having had visa difficulties and being unable to accompany the team. Medha Marathe was the team coach and Trisha Singhvi the junior researcher.

Janakiraman told Legally India: "We met GNLU in one semi-finals and the Canadian team faced the Australian in the second semi-final. We beat GNLU in the semi-finals and the Canadian team beat the Australian in the second semi-finals."

The four teams with the highest scores after the two preliminary rounds made the cut to the semi-finals, she explained, where the Australian team was ranked first, GNLU second, NUJS third and the Canadian team was fourth.

But she added that under ELSA rules if two teams from the same region qualified for the knock-out rounds of the last four, they would have to face off in the semi-finals, which is where NUJS met GNLU.

"We met a team from Geneva and Netherlands in the preliminary rounds and top four make it to the semi finals," said Janakiraman.

The grand final was between NUJS and the Canadian team […], which she noted that NUJS won.

This story is an early confirmation of the win and as the points of this Tier 2 competition will not be tallied into the Mooting Premier League (MPL) sponsored by Clifford Chance until we get sufficient confirmation from the convenors or third parties, as we do in other cases in the MPL.

Due to the competition having taken place in the Dominican Republic and campus holidays, it has been impossible for us to get in touch with any second sources to confirm this information at present. However, we will do so ASAP and tabulate the final ranking in the competition. We are also still confirming two further honourable mentions at the Space Moot and will publish this.

The MPL is sponsored by Clifford Chance and the top eight ranked law colleges will share a generous prize fund of Rs 1.5 lakhs provided by the firm.

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