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GNLU wins Ambassador Rounds in all-India final at US John Marshall Moot

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

The twenty-ninth annual John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition saw an all Indian final in the Ambassador Rounds as GNLU Gandhinagar overcame SOEL Chennai to bag three points in the MPL 2.

The Moot saw participation from five non-American teams, all from India. The Moot was organized by John Marshall Law School’s Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law and was funded by an endowment from the estate of Carl W. Carlson, a 1933 alumnus of the John Marshall Law School.

The GNLU Gandhinagar team consisted of Stuti Subbaiah K., Sravya Movva and Rhuta Deobagkar.

The Ambassador Rounds were held immediately prior to the final round, between the two teams selected by the organisers based upon their performance through the quarterfinal round. Poonamallee Shyam Sunder Deepika, Aishwarya Rukmani Krish Kaurnakaran, Anto Nishanth Yeddanapalli and Senthil Kumaran Manickam comprised the SOEL Chennai team.

Sravya Movva, a member of the GNLU team, said: “The Moot provided us with a very good insight into the working of the American courts and their style of advocacy. The whole thing was so different from the way it is done in the traditional Indian moots. The court manners were much more relaxed. More importance was given to the construction of your argument and how logically you put it forward. Not much importance is given to the authorities you cite. It made us look at the whole situation from a new angle.”

Rhuta, another member of the team told Legally India: “The host school (John Marshall Law School) was very helpful and they provided us an amazing coach. The judges were very good. They always slowed down when they asked us questions so that we don’t get confused because of the accent. They gave very valuable feedback after the rounds were done. The judges also interacted a lot with the participants during the off-court hours and the ceremonies.” Stuti added: “We also spoke to the folks from the American teams. They were very interactive and it was a refreshing experience.”

Mooting Premier League season 2 standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLIU Bhopal 44 HNLU Moot {Semi-finalist) Nani Palkhiwala (Best Researcher), Surana Trial Advocacy North (Winners, Best Speaker), Henry Dunant (Semifinalist, Best Memo), Rizvi Moot (semi-finalist)
2 NLU Delhi 33 HNLU Moot (Winner, Best Speaker, Best Researcher) Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Semi finalist) Henry Dunant (Runners up)
3 Nalsar Hyderabad 21 Nani Palkhiwala (Winners), Surana Int\'l Minority (Semifinalist), Surana Tiral Advocacy South (Seminfinalist)
4 HNLU Raipur 20 Henry Dunant (Winners)
4 Campus Law Centre Delhi 20 HNLU Moot (Runners up, Best Memorandum) Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Winner)
4 SOEL Chennai 20 Surana Int'l Minority (Winners), Surana Tiral Advocacy South (Runners up, Best Speaker)
7 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 19 Nani Palkhiwala (Semifinalist), Surana Int\'l Minority(Best Memo), Rizvi Moot (runner-up, best memo)
8 NLSIU Bangalore 18 Nani Palkhiwala (Best Speaker), Rizvi Moot (Winners)
9 Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad 15 Henry Dunant (Semifinalist, Best Speaker)
9 NUALS Kochi 15 Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Runner up) Surana Trial Advocacy North (Best Memo), Surana Int\'l Minority (Runners up)
9 Law Centre I (LC-I) Delhi University 15 FDI Moot (Semi-finalist; 2 Honourable Mentions); Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Winner) Surana Trial Advocacy North (Semifinalist), Rizvi Moot (semifinalist)
12 UILS Chandigarh 13 Nani Palkhiwala (Runners Up), Surana Trial Advocacy South (Best Memo)
12 NUJS Kolkata 13 Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Best Memo, Best Speaker, Semi-finalist)
14 RMNLU Lucknow 10 Henry Dunant (Best Researcher)
14 GNLU Gandhinagar 10 (Winner, Ambassador Round, John Marshall Moot) Nani Palkhiwala (Semifinalist), Surana Trial Advocacy North (Semifinalist)
14 ILS Pune 10 Surana Trial Advocacy South (Winners)
14 RGNUL Patiala 10 Surana Trial Advocacy North (Runners up), Rizvi Moot (best speaker)
18 Government Law College, Mumbai 8 Nani Palkhiwala (Best Memo)
19 Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur 5 Surana Int'l Minority (Best Speaker)
20 CUSAT Kochi 3 Surana Int'l Minority(Semifinalist)
20 Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT, Kharagpur 3 HNLU Moot (Semi finalist)
20 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 3 Surana Trial Advocacy South (Semifinalist)
20 NLU Jodhpur 3 Maritime International Arbitration Moot, Sydney (The Sarah Derrington Encouragement Award)*

Legend: T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 (total points won in each tier); Pos (Position); W (Wins); R/u (Runner-ups); S/F- Semifinalist; B S (Best speaker); B M/R (Best Memorial/Researcher); HM (Honorable Mention & other equivalent awards); Pts (Points) For more information please refer to the MPL 2 rulebook.

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