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CLC Delhi Raj Anand moot victory over GLC Mumbai, NLSIU, NLIU kicks off MPL 3; +MPL 3.02 feedback needed

Anand moot winners lift trophy of patentable, original design?
Anand moot winners lift trophy of patentable, original design?
Campus Law Centre Delhi emerged victorious at the 12th Annual Raj Anand Moot, the first moot in the new season of the Mooting Premier League after defeating Government Law College Mumbai in the final rounds.

Aayush Agarwal from Campus Law Centre also won the best speaker award. NLSIU Bangalore and NLIU Bhopal finished as semi-finalists in the moot, and NLIU Bhopal bagged the best memorandum award.

The moot, conceived and organised by intellectual property rights (IPR) law firm Anand and Anand, returned after a two year hiatus and was added to as a Tier 4 moot in MPL 3.

Aditya Gupta, an organizer from Anand and Anand told Legally India: “The moot was very satisfying and a grand success. The problem was based on cloud computing and trade secrecy laws. The final rounds were judged by Justice Anil Dave from the Supreme Court and Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Midha from the Delhi High Court.”

The moot team from Campus Law Centre consisted of speakers Aayush Agarwal and Tahini Bhushan, along with researcher Aditya Mathur and additional reseracher Sukhmani Singh.

Best speaker Agarwal said that the team had a brilliant experience and appreciated the judging standards. “The problem was challenging and we enjoyed researching and arguing. During the initial rounds, we had great judges who were IPR experts from the industry. You had to know your basic IPR concepts well. During the later rounds, we had judges from the High Court and Supreme Court.”

 

Changes in version 3.02 of the Mooting Premier League 2011-12 moot court competitions: Oxford Media Moot has been tentatively upgraded to Tier 2 World Class level and its India rounds are in Tier 3 due to the transparency, quality of judging and global participation, although it is just in its second year and only India has a national selection round. This will be frozen unless there are strong and impassioned arguments raised against.

The GH Raisoni has been retained in Tier 5 but the SP Sathe moot has been dropped following the organisers’ request to do so last year. School of Law Christ University’s moot has been included in Tier 5.

Additional question: Team MPL is considering elevating the NLIU JurisCorp moot to Tier 4 from Tier 5. While only in its second year, 22 teams participated last year and other Tier 5 moots are “those with very little Indian participation”. There is also funding from JurisCorp and substantial prize money. This moot is similar to most Tier 4 competitions such as NUJS-Herbert Smith or the Amity Moot.

However, we do not have great visibility on judging – any feedback on judges last year and whether they are of Tier 4 calibre? There is also no dedicated website and it does not yet have an established brand name or popularity.

Please leave your input in the comments.

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