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SOEL Chennai victorious over Nuals Kochi at Surana Int’l Minority Rights; And version 2.03 MPL rules

Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2
Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2

School of Excellence in Law (SOEL) Chennai emerged as winners in the Surana & Surana International Minority Rights Moot Court Competition, defeating Nuals Kochi in the finals.

The moot was organised by Surana & Surana International Attorneys jointly with Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society. The three-day event took place at A.K.K. New Law Academy Pune and saw participation from 33 teams across the country.

Nalsar Hyderabad and School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi were the semi-finalists in the competition. Deepankar Sharma from Seedling School of Law and Governance Jaipur won the award for the Best Speaker and Army Institute of Law Mohali grabbed the Best Memorandum award.

“The Moot was good and the students appreciated the quality of the judges,” said S. Ravichandran, head of academic initiatives at Surana & Surana. “Hon’ble Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph of the Supreme Court was the Chief Guest for the Awards Ceremony.”

Add details on Legallypedia about the Surana & Surana International Minority Rights Moot Court Competition and the winning colleges School of Excellence in Law (SOEL) Chennai and Nuals Kochi.

MPL Moots: Version 2.03

We have made several changes to the and scoring criteria for MPL Season 2.

Version 2.03 of the MPL 2 list of moots is here! In all likelihood, this is going to be the final list. We have received numerous suggestions from readers and thank all of you for sharing your time and experience to help us finalise the list.

This version has incorporated only very few changes based on overall feedback. We have added three moots in the fifth tier and we have promoted Amity and IICLAM from Tier 5 to Tier 4. New moots in this list since version 2.02 are in bold and promoted moots are in italics.

We were asked to rethink the reasons of keeping Vis Hong Kong in the first tier. Also, many suggested that Stetson North and Red Cross Finals be promoted to the first tier. After much deliberation and feedback, we have decided not to make any changes in those tiers. The moots in the first Tier have international participation of at least more than 60 Teams (Vienna and Jessup have huge participation, Hong Kong has around 80 Teams and in Manfred Lachs, the winners of the three regional rounds compete in the Finals (each regional round sees participation from around 20 teams). On the other hand, one does not see such huge international participation in the Stetson World Finals or the Red Cross Moot. Hence, they have been retained in the second tier.

The list will be frozen very soon, probably next week.

 If you disagree with our selection, let us know in the comments below, or the Legallypedia MPL2 page or the new special MPL Forum (NOW preferred, rather than later when the MPL is almost over!)

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Provisional list of moots to be included in MPL 2:

As you can see it’s bigger and hopefully even better than last year.

Tier 1 – Global Championships

These include the world finals most prestigious moot court competitions in the world and other world contests involving rigorous competition and wide participation

Tier 2 – World Class

These are the widely recognised international mooting events where a substantial number of Indian teams participate. These moots enjoy worldwide reputation among law students.

Tier 3 – Elite Class

These mooting events are the best of the elite national contests and some of them are the gateway to the Global Championships/World-class moots in the above tiers.

Tier 4 – National Challengers

Most of the contests in this Tier see participation from the top Indian Law Schools. A large number of them have also carved a niche for themselves in the national mooting scene. It also includes the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, which is prestigious but only three Indian teams participated in last year’s Asian selection rounds.

Tier 5 - Best of the Rest

A varied tier that includes good domestic competitions that a range of Indian law schools take part, as well as prestigious international competitions that see only little Indian law school participation.

Tier 5: Domestic

Tier 5: International

These moots are internationally prestigious but only currently see limited participation, and are therefore counted on par with Tier 5 moots. This recognises that winning such a competition is noteworthy but that it would not be fair to disadvantage colleges that could not afford to attend these. For example, only three Indian teams participated in ELSA Asian rounds last year, ICC Mediation Paris saw only 4 Indian teams, Frankfurt International Arbitration only three Indian teams, Maritime International Arbitration in Sydney only two Indian teams, and Oxford IPR saw only two to three Indian teams last year.

NB: In future if new information comes to light and moots convincingly satisfy the criteria of a lower or higher tier, the moot may be included in that Tier at the absolute discretion of Legally India’s MPL team. New competitions may also be included but only if there are overwhelming reasons.

Scoring criteria

Category/Tiers Tier 1 - Global Championships Tier 2 - World Class Tier 3 - Elite Class Tier 4 - National Challengers Tier 5 - Best of the Rest (Int’l & Domestic)
Best team 40 points 30 points 20 points 15 points 10 points
Runners-up 35 points 25 points 15 points 10 points 7 points
Best Orator / Memorial / Researcher 30 points each 20 points each 10 points each 8 points each (correction)
5 points each
Semi finalists 25 points 15 points 10 points 4 points (correction)
5 points
Quarter Finalists 20 points (except Lachs) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Octa Finalists 15 points (except Lachs) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Honourable Mention/Other equivalent awards 10 points 5 points N/A N/A Int’l Moots only: 3 points
Number of competitions 4 4 8 15 21
Total possible points for winners 160 120 160 225 210
Total points for runners-up 140 100 120 150 147

Do you agree with the scoring criteria? Should more points be given for a tier, or less points?

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