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NLS, Nalsar, NUJS and NLU-J break into Vis Vienna top 64; Jessup, ICC points fine-tuned

NLS Bangalore, Nalsar Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata and NLU Jodhpur were the four Indian teams out of more than 250 that qualified for the knock-out rounds of sixty-four at the Vis Vienna Moot.

Teams will now compete on a knock-out basis until the moot concludes this Sunday.

This Tier 1 global championship moot will largely decide the fate of this season’s MPL sponsored by Allen & Overy.

Note: Unconfirmed reports have come in about the last 32/16 at Vienna. We will update when we receive authoritative confirmation.

Update 21:31: NLSIU Vienna mooter Adithya Banavar confirmed: “We got knocked out on a split decision (2-1) in the round of 16 against College of Law, England and Wales. NLU was knocked out by the same team in the previous round and NALSAR was knocked out by Munich.”

He added: “I'm not sure about NUJS!”

Note on awarding of points for Jessup and Vienna: Legally India’s original Jessup coverage relied on unofficial reports from participants and therefore remained subject to final confirmation.

After considerable deliberation with the final score allocations and mooters, Team MPL has now been able to take a final call and decided to award 10 points (Tier 1 honourable mention/other equivalent awards) to Nalsar Hyderabad for winning second-best applicant memorandum award at Jessup. We found this to be fully justified because it is a tough category in a big moot.

The teams figuring in the top 50 list are not being awarded any points as that list is based only on performance of the teams in the preliminary rounds. However, to recognise Jessup’s official recognition of best teams, Team MPL has decided to award 10 honourable mention points to any teams that break into the top 32 in Jessup and Vis Vienna. This is because of the extremely huge participation of teams in the above moots.

Many readers have suggested that all the speakers in the top 100 list at Jessup should not be awarded 10 points (honourable mention/other equivalent awards). We agree with this since it overpowers the Jessup vis-à-vis Vis (pun not intended).

Because we have to draw a line somewhere objective we went with the following. At Vienna, roughly 115 speakers out of 520 get citations as best speakers without a ranking. This equates to around 1 in 4.5 speakers (or 22%) of all speakers who be eligible for honourable mentions at Vis.

Applying the Vis 22% figure to the 260 speakers at Jessup last year, this would mean that the top 57 speakers at Jessup should be awarded honourable mentions in the MPL (Note: this year’s total Jessup and Vis participation figures are not yet officially confirmed on the Jessup website so we use last year’s).

A considered alternative was that since the top 32 teams out of 130 (24.6 per cent) at Jessup get honourable mentions, 24.6% out of 260 speakers is just under 64 speakers. We will therefore settle on the half-way figure of 60 as the cut-off for Jessup best speakers.

The current awarded Jessup MPL points would remain unchanged as ILS Pune’s second-best speaker placed 56th at Jessup – just within all of the three figures.

In future years the Jessup cut-off for best speaker honourable mentions will therefore be set at 60 unless participation varies widely.

We understand that this year’s awarding of points in the Tier 1 moots opened up a can of worms. We have, to the extent possible, tried to award points in a fair and objective manner. Please do let us have your feedback.

ICC Points

At the ICC Trial Competition which concluded last week, Nalsar Hyderabad and NLS Bangalore were also adjudged the best Victims' representative team and best Defense representatives team respectively.

We had not awarded points to them earlier for this. It has been decided to consider these awards as Honorable mentions and both the teams get 5 points each, according to the MPL rulebook, which has been reflected in the updated rankings.

Allen & Overy is the sponsor of the MPL 2 and is hosting an international finance and corporate course at Nalsar Hyderabad between 4 and 8 July.

Mooting Premier League 2 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 Nalsar Hyderabad 254 ICC Trial (Runners-up, Best Speaker Overall, Best Defence Counsel, Best Victims\' Representative Team); NLS Arbitration (Semi-finalist); Jessup International Rounds (10th Best Memorandum, 2nd Best Applicant\'s Memorandum); Stetson World Rounds (8th best oralist); ISRO Manfred Lachs (Runners-up, Best Speaker); Leiden-Sarin (Runners-up); Amity (Semi-finalist, Best Memorandum); SP Sathe (Winner, best speaker); NLU-J Antitrust (Winner, best memorandum, best speaker); GIMC (Runners up); KLA Moot (Winners); 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)
2 NUJS Kolkata 179 Vis-HK (Honourable Mention for Best Respondent\'s Memorandum); Jessup International Rounds (Quarter-finalist, 16th Best Memorandum, 29th Best Speaker, 36th Best Speaker); Fiat Justitia (Winners, best memorandum); [NLU-D Corp Law] (Runners up); NLU-J Antitrust (Semi finalist); KLA Moot (Best Speaker, Runners up);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)
3 NLSIU Bangalore 166 ICC Trial (Best Memorandum, Best Defense Representatives Team ); [Vis-HK] (Honourable Mention for Best Respondent\'s Memorandum); [Nalsar-NFCG] (Winner, best memorandum); Oxford Media Law (Semi finalist, Best speaker); ISRO Manfred Lachs (Winner); Herbert Smith (Semifinalist);GIMC (Semifinalist); DM Harish (Best Researcher);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)
4 NLU Delhi 162 NLS Arbitration (Best Memorandum); Jessup International Rounds (Octa-finalist, Overall Best Applicant Award, 9th Best Speaker, 17th Best Speaker); Leiden-Sarin (Best speaker); Herbert Smith (Runners up, Best Speaker); Fiat Justitia (Runners up); DM Harish (Semifinalist);KLA Moot (Semifinalist);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)
5 ILS Pune 94 Jessup International Rounds (30th Best Speaker, 56th Best Speaker); Amity (Best Speaker); Raisoni (Runners up); Surana IT (Semi finalist); Surana Corp (Best Memorandum, Semifinalist); Jessup South (Winners, Best Memorandum);Stetson South India (Semi-finalist), Surana Trial Advocacy South (Winners)
6 NLU Jodhpur 86.5 ELSA-WTO Asia Rounds (Best Memorandum Overall, Best Memorandum Complainant); Amity (Runners up, Best Researcher); Herbert Smith (Best Memo, Semifinalist);Fiat Justitia (Super six); Surana IT (Runners up); Surana Corp (Winners); GIMC (Semifinalist);Oxford-Media India Round (Semi finalist, Best memorandum); NLIU-Juris Corp (Runners up); Maritime International Arbitration Moot, Sydney (The Sarah Derrington Encouragement Award)*
7 HNLU Raipur 84 Nalsar-NFCG (Runners-up, best speaker); Red Cross Moot (Runners up); ULC Moot (Best Memorandum, Best Researcher);BCI Moot (Best Female Speaker);Oxford-Media India Round (Semi finalist); NLIU-Juris Corp (Winner); Henry Dunant (Winners)
8 NLIU Bhopal 83 Nalsar-NFCG (Semi-finalist); NLS Arbitration (Runners-up); Herbert Smith (Winners);ULC Moot (Best Speaker, Semifinalist); 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)
9 GNLU Gandhinagar 80 Nalsar-NFCG (Semi-finalist); NLS Arbitration (Semi-finalist, best speaker); Pro bono Moot (Semi finalist); Raisoni (Semi finalists, Best Memo); DM Harish (Winners); 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)
10 RGNUL Patiala 77.5 Pro bono Moot (Best Researcher); SP Sathe (Runners-up); NLU-D Corp Law (Winners, best memorandum (joint), best researcher); Surana IT (Semi finalist); DM Harish (Runners up);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)
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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