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Jindal moots hard, wins Oxford Price for India hat-trick | Nalsar finally puts Asia in Vis East hall of fame

The home of Indian mootingThe home of Indian mooting

India set new world mooting records this weekend after the Price Media Law moot trophy came home third year in a row, this time through JGLS Sonipat, as Nalsar Hyderabad became the first Asian law school ever to submit the best memorial at Hong Kong’s Vis East moot.

Herbert Smith Freehills-sponsored Mooting Premier League (MPL) season 5 top teams, NLSIU Bangalore, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Delhi and NLU Jodhpur, all feasted on points through various honourable mentions during this weekend of the tier 1 Vis East and the tier 2 Price moot.

Oxford Price

JGLS speakers Bani Brar and Mohan Krishna, and researcher Ronak Talati bested the Oxford University on their home turf after, as Krishna put it, a “nailbiting” round. The “most interesting and enjoyable experience” of the team was its quarter final round face off against the Singapore Management University, he said.

“The Indian style of mooting is really a question and answer session rather than a presentation so it was a refreshing change. It came with its own ups and downs. The judges were really well-versed with the facts of the case so it was an altogether different level to argue. One can’t bluff or cite something more than what it actually is,” he commented, adding: “It was our first international moot outside the country and we were not ready for not being faced with questions every other second. It was a law school from New York [whose] presentation style [involved having] a ready speech, we were still getting used to it.”

“Two rounds into it, everybody adapts to everybody’s style. [Moreover] the judges were really diverse too. We had judges from three different jurisdictions in the final rounds,” said Krishna.

Krishna said that central to JGLS’ “evolving” mooting culture was the principle to expose as many students as possible to mooting. “So we are now also participating in lower rung moots. We are proactively trying to participate in every moot that comes our way.”

Amity Delhi made it to the Octa finals at the world rounds of Price this year while NUJS speaker Ramya won the third best speaker citation overall. Both achievements do not amount to any MPL points for the tier 2 moot.

NLU Delhi brought home the Price Media moot world rounds trophy last year, while Nalsar clinched it in 2012. Delhi was disqualified from the moot this year on cheating charges.

Vis East

Nalsar Hyderabad’s Harshit Neotia, Kartik Monga and Anupam Misra won the best memorial citation – a first for any Asian law school in the 11 years since the moot’s inception – after beating runners up Harvard Law School, and 97 other teams to it.

“Authorities [and] scholars who we quoted in our memorandum, came up and congratulated us,” said Neotia.

He added: “Since, Vis Memos are overtly long - arguments worth 35 pages long and memo 60 pages in total - I wouldn't say that we stood out in all the arguments. We had one argument which we were not quite sure of including it in the final memo since we felt that it was too far stretched. However, the argument made sense and it seemed ingenious. I think this worked in our favour. We had one Australian arbitrator, who specifically termed the argument as 'enterprising' to our team, after the awards banquet.”

Nalsar, however, did not break into any of the advanced rounds of the competition while NLSIU Bangalore finished a quarter finalist, also tying with NLU Jodhpur and Octa-finalist NUJS for honourable mention for Best Claimant Memorial. NLU Jodhpur won an Honourable mention for the Best Respondent Memorial as well.

NLU Delhi’s speakers won an honourable mention each for Best Speaker. Delhi made it to the round of 32 teams.

At a glance: Law school wise

Law School

Points

NLSIU (Vis East Quarter-finalists + HM Claimant Memorial) T1

20+10=30

NALSAR (Vis East - Best Memorial Respondent)T1

30

JGLS (Oxford Media - Best Team) T2

30

NUJS (Vis East - HM Claimant Memorial + Octa-finalist’s) T1

10+15=25

NLUJ (Vis East - HM Claimant Memorial + HM Respondent Memorial) T1

10+10=20

NLU D (Vis East - HM 2 Speaker’s) T1

10+10=20

At a glance: Moot wise

Moot

Law School

Vis East Quarter-finalists

NLSIU Bangalore

Vis East Octa-finalists

NUJS Kolkata

Vis East Best Memorial Respondent

NALSAR Hyderabad

Vis East HM Claimant Memorial

NLU Jodhpur, NUJS Kolkata, NLSIU Bangalore

Vis East HM Respondent Memorial

NLU Jodhpur

Vis East HM Speaker

NLU Delhi

Oxford Media Winner’s

JGLS Sonepat

MPL 5 season rankings

  Law school T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Org W R/u S/F Q/F O/F B S B M/R HM Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 30   75 103 18   7 1 5 1   4 3 1 226 Henry Dunant (Best advocate, semi finalist) + BCI moot (semi finalist) + HNLU Moot (Winners) + NLIU Juris Corp (Semi Finals) + Stetson South (runner's up) + Oxford Price Media Moot, South Asia (Semi- Finalist + Best Memorials)+ KK Luthra (Best team) + Jessup South Qualifying (Best team + Best speaker) + GIMC (Best team) + KLA (Best team) + ULC (Best Researcher + Semi - Finalist) + Amity Delhi (Best team + Best memorial + Best speaker) + HSF (Best Team + Best Speaker) + (Vis East Quarter-finalists + HM Claimant Memorial)
2 NLU Jodhpur 20 95 40 16 14 1 4 2         4 3 185 Henry Dunant (Best team) + Raj Anand (Runners up) + BR Sawhney (Best memorial) + John Marshall Moot (Best Team – Ambassador Rounds) + Stetson North (Best Team) + DM Harish (Best team + Best memorial) + ULC (Best team) + Amity Delhi (Best researcher) + NLU Antitrust (Organiser) + Red Cross (Runner’s up + Best Memorial) + (Vis East - HM Claimant Memorial + HM Respondent Memorial)
3 NLIU Bhopal   15 40 59 31 1 4 3 2       5   145 Raj Anand (Best team) + BCI moot (Runners up, Best mooter – female) + Rizvi Moot (Winners) + NLIU Juris Corp (Organisers) + SOEL Pro bono Moot (Runner’s up, Best Memorial) + Stetson South ( Best team) + KK Luthra (Semi finalist) + DM Harish (Semi finalist) + Surana Corp (Best team + Best memorial) + KLA (Best memorial) + ULC (Best memorial) + GH Raisoni (Runners up)
4 NLU Delhi 45   52 8 20 1 1 3 3     1 3 2 125 Henry Dunant (Best memorial, Semi finalist) + Manfred Lachs World (Semi finalist) + BCI moot (semi finalist) + FDI International moot (Best Memorial - Claimants) + Stetson North (Runners up) + KK Luthra (Runners Up) + Jessup North (Best team) + NLU Antitrust (Runners up + Best Researcher + Best Speaker) + (Vis East - HM 2 Speaker’s)
5 NLU Orissa   35 20 39 16   1   5     4 3   110 Surana IT (Best team, Best memorial) + Nani Palkhivala (Best speaker) + Amity Moot (Best – Memorial) + Stetson North (Semi finalist) + Jessup South (Best memorial + Semi finalist) + DM Harish (Best speaker + Semi finalist) + KLA (Best speaker) + ULC (Semi finalist) + Gh Raisoni (Semi finalist + Best speaker)
6 Nalsar Hyderabad 30   25 24 23 1   2 6     3 3   102 Nani Palkhivala (Semi – Finalist) + BR Sawhney (Organisers) + HNLU Moot (Runner’s up + Best Speaker + Best Researcher + Best Memorial ) + Stetson South (Semi finalist + Best speaker) + Jessup South (Runners up) + GIMC (Semi finalist) + KLA (Semi finalist) + Surana Corp (Best speaker) + NLU Antitrust (Semi-finalist) + HSF (Semi-finalist) + (Vis East - Best Memorial Respondent)
7 ILS Pune   45 10 30 3     2 4     1 3   88 Raj Anand (Semi finalist, Best speaker, Best memorial) + Stetson South (Semi finalist) + Jessup South (Semi finalist) + DM Harish (Runners up + Best researcher) + GIMC (Best memorial) + NLU Antitrust (Semi-finalist) + HSF (Runners up)
8 JGLS Sonepat   30 30 23 3   3 2 1           86 Henry Dunant (Runners up) + Nani Palkhivala (Best Team) + BR Sawhney (Semi Finalist) + NLIU Juris Corp (Runners up) + Oxford Price Media: South Asia (Best Team) + (Oxford Media - Best Team)
9 NUJS Kolkata 25   25 6 28 1 1 3 3   1 1 1 1 84 Surana IT (Semi finalist) + SLCU National moot (Best speaker, Best memorial, Semi finalists) + BR Sawhney (Runners up) + NLIU Juris Corp (Semi Finals) + Oxford Price Media Moot, South Asia Rounds (Runners up) + Stetson North (Semi- Finalist) + Jessup North (Runners up) + ELSA Asia-Pacific (Best Team) + HSF (Organiser) + (Vis East - HM Claimant Memorial + Octa-finalist’s)
10 HNLU Raipur       52 7 1   1 2     2 3   59 SLCU National moot (Semi finalists) + Amity Moot (Runner’s up + Best Speaker) + NLIU Juris Corp (Best Speaker + Best Researcher + Best Memorial) + HNLU Moot (Organisers) + SOEL Pro bono Moot (Semi Finalist) + GIMC (Semi finalist) + HSF (Best Memorial)
11 Symbiosis Pune       20 39   2 2 3     1 1   59 Nani Palkhivala (Runners up) + Rizvi Moot (Semi Finals, best speaker) + SOEL Pro bono Moot (Best Team) + KLA (Runners up) + Amity Delhi (semi finalist) + NLU Antitrust (Best Team) + GH Raisoni (Semi finalist + Best researcher)
12 GNLU Gandhinagar       33 20 1 3   2     1     53 Surana IT (Best advocate) + SLCU National moot (Best team) + NLIU Juris Corp (Winners) + GIMC (organiser) + Surana Corp (Semi final) + HSF (Semi-finalist) + GH Raisoni (Winners)
13 Amity Delhi     30 10 10 1     2     2 3   50 Rizvi Moot (Best Researcher) + SOEL Pro bono Moot (Best Researcher) + Oxford Price Media Moot, South Asia (Semi- Finalist) + Stetson North (Best Memorials) + KK Luthra (Best speaker) + Jessup North (Best speaker + Semi finalist) + Amity Delhi (organiser)
14 RMLNLU Lucknow     15 8 21   1 1 3     1 1   44 BR Sawhney (Best team) + HNLU Moot (Semi Finals) + Stetson South (Best memorial) + Jessup North (Semi finalist) + Surana Corp (Runners up) + ULC (Best speaker) + ELSA Asia-Pacific (Semi-Finalist)
15 KIIT Bhubaneshwar     40       1         1 1   40 BCI moot (Best team, Best mooter – male, Best memorial)
16 GLC Mumbai     10 4 16 1     3     1 2   30 Henry Dunant (Best researcher) + BR Sawhney (Best oralist, semi finalist) + Nani Palkhivala (organiser) + Amity Moot (Semi Finals + Best Researcher) + Amity Delhi (Semi finalist)
17 RGNUL Patiala     10 8 11     2 2       1   29 Surana IT (Runners up) + Amity Moot (Semi Finals) + HNLU Moot (Semi Finals) + Rizvi Moot (Runners up) + Jessup North (Best memorial)
18 Nuals Kochi     10 8 10     1 2       2   28 Henry Dunant (Best researcher) + Raj Anand (Semi finalist) + Surana IT (Semi finalist) + ULC (Runners up) + NLU Antitrust (Best Memorial)
19 Christ University       8 11 1 1         1     19 SLCU National moot (Organiser) + Amity Moot (Winners) + GIMC (Best speaker)
20 Sastra school of Law Thanjavur       12         1       1   12 Nani Palkhivala (Semi Finalist, best researcher)
21 Pravin Gandhi Law College Pune       12         1       1   12 KK Luthra (Best memorial) + KLA (Semi finalist)
22 UILS Chandigarh; Abha Sharma     10                 1     10 Stetson North (Best speaker)
23 Seedling School of Law & Governance     10                   1   10 BCI moot (Best memorial
24 CLC Delhi University       10   1           1     10 KK Luthra (Organiser) + HSF (Best Speaker)
25 Delhi University LC I       8                 1   8 Nani Palkhivala (Best memorial)
26 GLC Chennai       8       1             8 Amity Delhi (Runners up)
27 SOEL Chennai         6 1   1             6 SLCU National moot (Runners up), Pro bono enviro (Org)
28 CUSAT Cochin         5             1     5 SOEL Pro bono Moot (Best Speaker)
36 ITM Gurgaon         5               1   5 GH Raisoni (Best memorial)
37 UPES Dehradun       4         1           4 Surana Corp (Semi finalist)
38 Amity Noida         4 1     1           4 Amity Moot (Organisers) + SOEL Pro bono Moot (Semi Finalist)
39 Dept of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh     3     1                 3 Jessup North (Organiser)
40 JSS Law College Mysore       2   1                 2 Surana Corp (Organisers)
41 Kerala Law Academy       2   1                 2 KLA (Organiser)
42 Rizvi College Mumbai         1 1                 1 Rizvi Moot (Organiser)
43 ULC Bangalore         1 1                 1 ULC Bangalore (Organiser)
37 Raisoni Nagpur         1 1                 1 GH Raisoni (organiser)
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Like +0 Object -0 Observer 08 Apr 14, 22:09
The points for being the organisers of Surana IT Moot is due for Symbiosis Pune. Please clarify.
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Go Rudro, Nimoy and Ramu!
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Misra, Misra! Anupam Misra!!
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Mishra Mishra, Utkarsh Mishra
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Way to go Jindal!
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Kartik Mongaaaaaaaaaaaa!
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Like +1 Object -1 King Kinnear 10 Apr 14, 18:40
A shout out to Pratyush Panjwani and Harshad Pathak for their great work! Congratulations.
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