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Nalsar, CUSAT win BCI-Nirma & Surana Tech moots; NLU Delhi overtakes NLU Jodhpur in MPL3

Mooting Premier League 2011-12 - MPL3
Mooting Premier League 2011-12 - MPL3
Nalsar Hyderabad defeated SOEL Chennai at the 27th Bar Council of India Moot hosted by Nirma University at Ahmedabad. School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi got past ILS Pune in the final rounds of the Surana & Surana International Technology Law Moot.

The BCI win helped Nalsar move up five places from the 10th to the 5th position in the MPL 3 season standings. In the process, Nalsar went past NUJS Kolkata and ILS Pune. NLU Delhi finished semifinalists at both the moots and ended with 104 points in the second position, two points ahead of NLU Jodhpur which finished semi-finalist at the Suarana Tech moot.

The Nalsar team (from L-R - Devdeep, Malavika & Charitha) receiving the award from Justice Gyansudha Misra (click to enlarge)
The Nalsar team (from L-R - Devdeep, Malavika & Charitha) receiving the award from Justice Gyansudha Misra (click to enlarge)
BCI moot: Nalsar Hyderabad v SOEL Chennai

Nalsar completed a hat trick of BCI moot wins after it beat SOEL Chennai in the final rounds. NLIU Bhopal and NLU Delhi finished semifinalists at the moot. R. Diwagar from SOEL and Malavika Prasad from Nalsar bagged the best speaker awards for the male and female categories respectively. This Tier 3 moot is the first of the two BCI moots that are being organised this season as a part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the BCI.

Speakers Malavika Prasad and Charitha Shashiraj along with researcher Devdeep Ghosh helped Nalsar post its second moot win this season. Best female speaker Prasad said that the team enjoyed working on four moot problems and surviving up till the end. “There were a few drafting discrepancies in the problems, but overall it was a nice experience. The judging was fantastic throughout the moot. In the final rounds, we had sitting judges on the bench. Usually such judges never hit you with a lot of questions, but this bench kept us engaging and had a lot of questions for us.”

Prasad said that out of the four problems on criminal law, corporate law, environmental law and constitutional & election law, the corporate law problem was the most difficult one to crack. “We had good competition throughout the moot. NLIU Bhopal was our toughest opponent in the semifinal round.” On Nalsar’s chances of staging a comeback in the second half of this mooting season, Prasad was quite discreet. “Luck plays a huge factor in most of the moots. The opponents you face in each round, the bench you have – all these things matter. I don’t think you can really predict the outcome of moots.” Nalsar defeated NLSIU Bangalore and ILS Pune in the final rounds of the BCI moots in the last two MPL seasons.

Prasad also appreciated the host law school’s hospitality during the moot. “Nirma University deserves credit for their wonderful organisation of the moot.” Devanshi Popat, student organiser from Nirma University confirmed that 38 teams participated in the moot.

“BCI was very supportive throughout the moot. The final bench included a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Gyansudha Mishra along with retired judges Justice BN Srikrishna and Justice MB Shah. This was the first time in the history of the BCI moot that a sitting judge of the Supreme Court judged the final rounds.” Nirma Univeristy bagged MPL organiser points as they did not participate in the moot.

Surprisingly, there was no award for the best memorandum at the moot. The second BCI moot this season will be hosted at NLU Delhi next month.

Surana Int’l Tech moot: CUSAT Kochi v ILS Pune

CUSAT Kochi got past ILS Pune in the final rounds of the Surana & Surana International Technology Law Moot. NLU Jodhpur and NLU Delhi finished semifinalists at the moot. Annie Mampilly from CUSAT Kochi won the best speaker award and RGNUL Patiala took home the best memorandum award.

The CUSAT Kochi team consisted of speakers Annie Mampilly and Indulekha Joseph and researcher Sangeeth K. Best speaker Mampilly was excited about the moot win. “This is the first time that CUSAT has gone past the quarters and won a moot court competition.” She mentioned that the team’s researcher was an engineering student who helped with the technical aspects in the problem.

Mampilly said that in the prelim rounds, the judges did not grill the students a lot. “The judges in the semis were well versed with the technical aspects of the problem. As the moot progressed, the rounds became tougher. The round against CLC Delhi in the quarterfinals was the most difficult round.”

The moot was organised by Surana & Surana International Attorneys in collaboration with Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Varun Tripathi, a student organiser from Symbiosis said that 32 teams participated in the moot. “As a team, we enjoyed organising the moot and we had a great experience interacting with participants from all over the country.” Symbiosis Law School bagged MPL organiser points as they did not participate in the moot. To augment technology related research, the participant teams were allowed to have one science / engineering student in the team.

Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 231 DMH (best speaker); Surana Corp (silver, best memo); GIMC (gold); KLA (best memo); Rizvi (gold); Jessup South (gold, best memo); Oxford Media India rounds (silver, best memo); Stetson South (gold, best memo); NLIU-Juris Corp (gold, best speaker, best memo); Palkhivala (gold); Dunant (silver); B.R. Sawhney (gold); Trial Adv South (silver); Raj Anand Moot (semis); Maritime Arbitration (semis, best memo, hon men for best resp memo);
2 NLU Delhi 104 [BCI-Nirma] (semis); [Surana Tech] (semis); DMH (semis); KLA (semis); Jessup North (gold); [KK Luthra] (gold); [SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust] (best researcher, semis); Oxford Media India rounds (gold, best speaker); (Law Asia (semis); Dunant (semis); IICLAM (organiser);
3 NLU Jodhpur 102 [Surana Tech] (semis); GIMC (silver); Jessup North (best speaker); Stetson North (gold); Hidayatullah (gold, best speaker, best memo); Dunant (best memo); Trial Adv North (silver, best speaker, best memo); IICLAM (gold);
4 GLC Mumbai 91 DMH (best memo); NUJS-HS (gold, best speaker, best memo); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (best speaker); NLIU-Juris Corp (semis); Trial Adv South (gold, best speaker); IICLAM (Best Memo); Raj Anand Moot (silver);
5 Nalsar Hyderabad 70 [BCI-Nirma] (gold, best female speaker); DMH (semis); Jessup South (semis); Oxford Media India rounds (semis);Dunant (gold); B.R. Sawhney (organiser);
6 NUJS Kolkata 64 NUJS-HS (organiser); KLA (silver); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (gold, best memo); Oxford Media India rounds (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (semis); Hidayatullah (silver, best researcher); B.R. Sawhney (semis); SLCU Moot (silver, best speaker, best memo); Trial Adv North (semis);
7 ILS Pune 57 [Surana Tech] (silver); GIMC (best memo, best speaker, semis); KK Luthra (silver); Stetson South (best speaker); B.R. Sawhney (best speaker, semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
8 RMLNLU Lucknow 53 DMH (best reseracher); Surana Corp (semis);KK Luthra (best memo); Stetson North (silver); Palkhivala (silver); Trial Adv North (semis);
9 NLIU Bhopal 51 [BCI-Nirma] (semis); NUJS-HS (silver); GIMC (semis); Rizvi (silver, best speaker); NLIU-Juris Corp (organiser); SLCU Moot (gold); Raj Anand Moot (semis, best memo);
10 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 49 Surana Corp (gold, best speaker); KLA (best speaker); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (organiser); IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU Moot (organiser);
11 SOEL Chennai 45 [BCI-Nirma] (silver, best male speaker); Jessup South (silver, best speaker); Stetson South (semis);Trial Adv South (best memo);
12 GNLU Gandhinagar 44 GIMC (organiser); Jessup North (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best researcher, semis); B.R. Sawhney (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
13 HNLU Raipur 39 Jessup North (silver);Stetson North (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (best researcher); Palkhivala (best speaker, semis); [Hidayatullah (organiser); SLCU Moot (semis);
14 Campus Law Centre Delhi 38 KLA (gold); Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
15 RGNUL Patiala 34 [Surana Tech] (best memo); Jessup North (semis);[SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust] (semis); Stetson North (best speaker); Hidayatullah (semis); B.R. Sawhney (best memo);
16 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 26 [Surana Tech] (organisers); NUJS-HS (semis); Rizvi (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best memo); IICLAM (semis);
17 Jindal Global Law School 23 NUJS-HS (semis); KK Luthra (semis); Dunant (best speaker, semis);
18 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 23 [Surana Tech] (gold, best speaker);
19 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 Stetson South (silver);
20 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 Stetson North (best memo);
21 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 NLIU-Juris Corp (silver);
22 CNLU Patna 5 Stetson North (semis);
22 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 Stetson South (semis);
22 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 Jessup South (semis);
25 NUALS Kochi 5 SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (silver);
26 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 KLA (semis);
26 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 4 Surana Corp (semis);
26 KLE Bangalore 4 IICLAM (semis);
29 ULC Bangalore 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
29 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 3 Trial Adv South (semis);
29 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 Hidayatullah (semis);
29 Guru Gobind University 3 Rizvi (semis);
33 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 Surana Corp (organiser);
33 Nirma University 2 [BCI-Nirma] (organisers);
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