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Nalsar beats NLS in BCI Moot finals, nips at NUJS heels for MPL lead

Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2
Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2
Exclusive: Nalsar Hyderabad earned 20 points in the Mooting Premier League after a thumping win against NLSIU Bangalore in an exciting finish to the first Bar Council of India International Law Moot Court Competition. Last year’s champion Nalsar is now four MPL points behind NUJS Kolkata, which was defeated by Nalsar in the semifinals.

Gursharan HS Virk from GNLU Gandhinagar won the best male oralist award and Aishwarya Chandran from HNLU Raipur won the best female oralist award, while GNLU also won the best memorandum award, said competition coordinator Dr Tabrez Ahmed. GNLU takes home 15 points from this moot and is now placed tenth in the MPL standings and Gursharan also won a one-year scholarship of Rs. 1,000 per month for winning best speaker in the preliminary rounds.

The moot also saw the entry of Faculty of Law, University of Allahabad in the MPL Race as they finished as semifinalists, after being humbled by NLS Bangalore.

Nalsar speaker Saiib Mirz said: “The final rounds were big, we were facing NLS and we knew it is going to be tough. Last night, we got their memorandums and we pulled out all the cases that they had used but we had not used. We read all the cases and our late night research helped us a lot.

“Apart from that, both the final teams were good in arguments but our strategy was to tackle them with the knowledge of law and that paid off. NUJS gave us really good competition in the semifinals. Judges were quite good, mostly pass outs from national law schools.

“The only improvement which could have been made was with regard to the moot problem, it could have been drafted better.”

Virk, the best male oralist from GNLU, added: “The moot organisation was exceptional and the students of the host university were extremely helpful. But, there were two things that I would wish to highlight. The first one is with regard to the moot problem which was not worthy of being a problem for India's most prestigious national moot. Secondly, some judges were extremely bad. When they sat for judging, they did not know the facts of the problem clearly. We won the Best Memo and the Best Speaker, but we did not qualify to the last four. There is something wrong.”

Ahmed, who coordinates the competition which was conducted by the Bar Council of India Trust in collaboration with KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar, said that a total of 33 teams from across the country.

“The competition was tremendous, especially from the quarterfinal rounds”, he said.

He also said that the organizers were happy that all the national law schools in the country participated in the moot.

Tabrez Malawat, the Student Convener of the Organizing Committee told Legally India: “Many students were skeptical as to whether that we, a nascent law school would be able to organize the moot well. But, we did exceed everyone’s expectations and put up a good show”.

The Nalsar team consisted of Mirza Saaib Beg, A.S.Vishwajith and Shrishail Navalgund whereas the NLS Bangalore team had Akshaya Ramadurai, Radhika Chitkara and Jahnavi Sidhu.

Mooting Premier League 2 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NUJS Kolkata 80 [BCI Moot] (Semifinalist); Commonwealth International Rounds (Best Speaker, Semifinalist); Jessup North (Runners-up, Best Memorandum); Oxford-Media India Round (Winner); Commonwealth India Rounds (Winners; Best Memo); Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Best Memo, Best Speaker, Semi-finalist)
2 Nalsar Hyderabad 76 [BCI Moot] (Winners);Jessup South (Runners up);NLIU-Juris Corp (Best speaker); Stetson South India (Winner), Nani Palkhiwala (Winners), Surana Int\'l Minority (Semifinalist); Surana Tiral Advocacy South (Seminfinalist)
3 NLU Delhi 71 Jessup North (Winner, Best Speaker); KK Luthra (Runners up); HNLU Moot (Winner, Best Speaker, Best Researcher) Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Semi finalist) Henry Dunant (Runners up)
4 NLSIU Bangalore 68 [BCI Moot] (Runners up);Jessup South (Best Speaker, Semifinalist); KK Luthra (Semi finalist); Oxford-Media India Round (Runners up, Best speaker); Stetson South India (Semi-finalist), Nani Palkhiwala (Best Speaker), Rizvi Moot (Winners)
5 NLIU Bhopal 49 Stetson North (Semi finalist); HNLU Moot {Semi-finalist) Nani Palkhiwala (Best Researcher), Surana Trial Advocacy North (Winners, Best Speaker), Henry Dunant (Semifinalist, Best Memo), Rizvi Moot (semi-finalist)
6 ILS Pune 45 Jessup South (Winners, Best Memorandum);Stetson South India (Semi-finalist), Surana Trial Advocacy South (Winners)
7 HNLU Raipur 39 [BCI Moot] (Best Female Speaker);Oxford-Media India Round (Semi finalist); NLIU-Juris Corp (Winner); Henry Dunant (Winners)
8 RGNUL Patiala 36 KK Luthra (Best speaker); Stetson North (Semi finalist, best speaker); NLIU-Juris Corp (Semi finalist); Surana Trial Advocacy North (Runners up), Rizvi Moot (best speaker)
9 NUALS Kochi 35 Stetson South India (Runner-up, Best Memo), Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Runner up) Surana Trial Advocacy North (Best Memo), Surana Int\'l Minority (Runners up)
10 GNLU Gandhinagar 31 [BCI Moot] (Best Memorandum, Best Male Speaker);ICC Mediation (Special Award for the Team Which Best Acknowledged Cultural Differences);Commonwealth India Rounds (Semi finalists); John Marshall (Winner, Ambassador Round), Nani Palkhiwala (Semifinalist), Surana Trial Advocacy North (Semifinalist)
11 SOEL Chennai 30 Commonwealth India Rounds (Runners up, Best Speaker); Surana Int\'l Minority (Winners), Surana Tiral Advocacy South (Runners up, Best Speaker)
12 UILS Chandigarh 23 Stetson North (Runners up); Nani Palkhiwala (Runners Up), Surana Trial Advocacy South (Best Memo)
13 Campus Law Centre Delhi 20 HNLU Moot (Runners up, Best Memorandum) Nalsar B.R. Sawhny Moot (Winner)
13 NLU Jodhpur 20 Oxford-Media India Round (Semi finalist, Best memorandum); NLIU-Juris Corp (Runners up); Maritime International Arbitration Moot, Sydney (The Sarah Derrington Encouragement Award)*
13 University School of Law and Legal Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprashta University, Delhi 20 Stetson North (Winner)
14 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 19 Nani Palkhiwala (Semifinalist), Surana Int\'l Minority(Best Memo), Rizvi Moot (runner-up, best memo)
15 Amity Law School 18 Jessup North (Semi-finalist); Stetson North (Best memorandum); Commonwealth India Rounds (Semi finalists)
16 Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad 15 Henry Dunant (Semifinalist, Best Speaker)
16 Law Centre I (LC-I) Delhi University 15 FDI Moot (Semi-finalist; 2 Honourable Mentions); Surana Trial Advocacy North (Semifinalist), Rizvi Moot (semifinalist)
17 Government Law College, Mumbai 13 Jessup South (Semifinalist);Nani Palkhiwala (Best Memo)
17 CNLU Patna 13 Jessup North (Semi-finalist); NLIU-Juris Corp (Semi finalist, Best Memorandum)
18 Bishop Cottons Women\'s Christian Law School, Bangalore 10 Stetson South India (Best Speaker)
18 RMNLU Lucknow 10 Henry Dunant (Best Researcher)
19 Faculty of Law, University of Allahabad 5 [BCI Moot] (Semifinalist);
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)
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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