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3-moot Sunday: Nalsar, NLSIU, GLC victories at Henry Dunant, B R Sawhney, Surana Trial South; NLU-J, NLSIU in MPL 3 lead

Reigning MPL champion Nalsar Hyderabad started this season with a Tier 3 moot win at the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition at New Delhi after defeating rivals NLSIU Bangalore in the final round. NLSIU, which finished third in last season’s MPL, won the Hyderabad-based Nalsar-Bodh Raj Sawhney Moot, after defeating GNLU Gandhinagar but NLSIU lost to GLC Mumbai in the finals of the Surana Trial Advocacy South Moot at Kochi.

NLSIU gained the most points in this MPL 3 Super Sunday which consisted of one Tier 3 moot and two Tier 5 moots. However, NLU Jodhpur continues at the top the MPL 3 Season Standings after winning the best memorandum at Henry Dunant.

The weekend saw six new colleges enter the third season of the MPL by earning points at the three moots.

Henry Dunant – Nalsar v. NLS

After four mooting weekends this season, Nalsar Hyderabad has been conspicuous by its absence in the MPL 3 standings. But now the two-time MPL champion started the new season with a bang by winning a choice Tier 3 moot, after defeating NLSIU in the final round.

Jindal Global Law School, which won the NLS Arbitration moot late last season, finished semifinalists and also won the best speaker award. NLU Jodhpur bagged the best memorandum award and NLU Delhi finished semifinalists in the moot.

The Henry Dunant moot saw large participation of sixty teams from across the country. The Nalsar team consisted of speakers Swati Singh and Arushi Garg, along with researcher Shuchita Thapar.

Singh said that the team enjoyed the overall experience in the moot, which was quite intense. “We had a lot of fun arguing in the final rounds. The NLS team was also really good. The judges for the finals were awesome. Justice Ravindra Bhat from the Delhi High Court was on the bench.” Singh said that the judging in the initial rounds was fine, but could have definitely been better. “The prelim rounds saw 60 teams participating and we had to argue for both the sides all the time. After the prelims, sixteen teams qualified to the next round based on aggregate scores.”

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The moot was organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Indian Society of International Law. The problem was based on international humanitarian law and was set up before the International Criminal Court.

Surana Trial Advocacy South – GLC v. NLSIU

Continuing with its impressive start to the season, GLC Mumbai emerged victorious in the Surana Trial Advocacy south rounds, after defeating NLS Bangalore in the final rounds. GLC is currently positioned third position in the MPL standings, behind NLU Jodhpur and NLS Bangalore. GLC speaker Yuvaraj Choksy won the best speaker award. SOEL Chennai won the best memorandum award while ILS Pune and School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur finished semifinalists in the moot. 15 teams participated in this Tier 5 moot.

The GLC team consisted of speakers Yuvaraj Chosky and Madhavi Doshi, along with researchers Toyesh Tiwari, Aparna Bagree. Choksy said that the moot was a satisfying experience for the team. “It was the first moot for both the speakers in the team and we had a good experience. The quality of judging in the finals was really good as we had a sessions court judge on the bench. We never lost a round and remained unbeaten.” Chosky appreciated the competition in the moot and said that their margin of victory was narrow in most of the rounds. "We never expected to get past even the preliminary rounds. We were a bit inspired by the trials shown in some old English movies, but some of our team mates also visited the Bombay sessions court to see how a trial works. At the end, it worked for us and we enjoyed the good experience. The moot was also organised very well.”

B. R. Sawhney Moot – NLSIU v. GNLU

NLSIU Bangalore got the better of GNLU Gandhinagar in the final rounds of the moot, after NLS defeated NUJS Kolkata and GNLU emerged victorious against ILS Pune in the semis. Chitra George from ILS Pune won the best speaker award and RGNUL Patiala won the best memorandum award.

The NLSIU team consisted of Shwetank Ginodia, Subhang Nair and Pushan Dwivedi. Ginodia told Legally India: “The moot was very well organised and the Nalsar organising team did a great job. The judges during the prelim rounds up till the semis were excellent and in the final rounds we had judges from the Andhra Pradesh High Court on the bench. In the earlier rounds, we had a mix of Nalsar alumni and some experts. Mohsin Alam, L. Ravichander and Arvind Narrain are a few names that I can remember. They questioned us extremely well on our knowledge of the intricacies in the law.” Ginodia also acknowledged the intense competition in the moot and the well-drafted moot problem. “Both the semis against NUJS and the finals against GNLU were tough rounds and we are glad we won it. The moot problem was based on constitutional law and dealt with whether a student organisation in a college can discriminate based on religion and homosexuality. It was a very nice experience”.

Chand Chopra from Nalsar Hyderabad confirmed the results and said that 21 teams participated in the moot. The moot was organised by the Justice B. R. Sawhney Memorial Trust in collaboration with Nalsar. Since Nalsar did not participate in the moot, it earned the newly introduced MPL organiser points.

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Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLU Jodhpur 40 [Dunant] (best memo); Trial Adv North (silver, best speaker, best memo); IICLAM (gold);
2 NLSIU Bangalore 40 [Dunant] (silver); [B.R. Sawhney] (gold); [Trial Adv South] (silver); Raj Anand Moot (semis); Maritime Arbitration (silver, best memo, hon men for best resp memo);
3 GLC Mumbai 31 [Trial Adv South] (gold, best speaker); IICLAM (Best Memo); Raj Anand Moot (silver);
4 Campus Law Centre Delhi 23 Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
5 NLIU Bhopal 22 SLCU Moot (gold); Raj Anand Moot (semis, best memo);
6 Nalsar Hyderabad 21 [Dunant] (gold); B.R. Sawhney organiser;
7 NUJS Kolkata 21 [B.R. Sawhney] (semis);SLCU Moot (silver, best speaker, best memo); Trial Adv North (semis);
8 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 17 IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU organiser;
9 Jindal Global Law School 15 [Dunant] (best speaker, semis);
10 GNLU Gandhinagar 15 [B.R. Sawhney] (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
11 ILS Pune 11 [B.R. Sawhney] (best speaker, semis); [Trial Adv South] (semis);
12 NLU Delhi 7 [Dunant] (semis); IICLAM organiser;
13 RGNUL Patiala 5 B.R. Sawhney (best memo);
13 SOEL Chennai 5 [Trial Adv South] (best memo);
15 KLE Bangalore 4 IICLAM (semis);
15 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 4 IICLAM (semis);
17 HNLU Raipur 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
17 RMLNLU Lucknow 3 Trial Adv North (semis);
17 ULC Bangalore 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
17 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 3 [Trial Adv South] (semis);

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

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