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First win for NLU-J at Commonwealth Moot India rounds as Nalsar scores best memo at FDI

MPL 4: The home of Indian mooting
MPL 4: The home of Indian mooting

NLU Jodhpur won its first moot in the fourth season of the Mooting Premier League (MPL), sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, beating AKK New Law Academy Pune in the finals of the National Rounds of the Commonwealth Moot Court Competition 2012, which was last held two years ago.

The winning team consisted of Thomas J Vallianeth, Garima Sahani and Shikhar Saha, with Vallianeth also winning the best speaker award and hauling in an additional 5 MPL league table points for his university.

NLU Jodhpur returned with a total of 15 points in this tier 5 bi-annual competition that acts as a qualifier to the Commonwealth Moot that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa between 14 and 18 April 2013.

The Competition was conducted at the Faculty of Law of MITS University, Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan between 30 November and 2 December and saw participation from a total of 23 teams. The finals were judged by Prof VS Mani, who is a well-known scholar of international law.

Vallianeth was enthusiastic about the victory and the moot’s international rounds when speaking to Legally India. “We are very excited about South Africa, we already read the moot problem and it deals with nuclear testing and liability, a very contemporary and interesting topic which we are looking forward to research into.”

Vallianeth also commended the overall judging and organization of the competition. “The quality of the judging overall was good, for the finals it was excellent and for a remote place like Lakshmangarh, they took a lot of effort to provide us with reasonable accommodation and facilities.”

A team from Nalsar Hyderabad consisting of Dipankar Das, Soumitra Bose and Utkarsh Mishra won the best memorial (and 5 MPL points), while teams from NLU Delhi and Amity University made it to the semi-finals.

NLU Jodhpur now has 40 points in the MPL 4 in fifth place, while Amity Law School rose three places from 17th to 14th with 16 points.

AKK New Law Academy and MITS have entered the MPL table at 29th and 34th place respectively while NLU-D further extended its lead in second place over NUJS by adding three points to finish with a total of 6 points.

FDI Moot for Nalsar and GNLU

Earlier last month Nalsar Hyderabad and GNLU Gandhinagar clinched 5 and 3 MPL points respectively at the 2012 FDI Moot, by winning the award for the Best Memorial and an honourable mention respectively.

Nalsar won best memorial over the likes of University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and St Petersburg State University, Russia, as well as the Oxford University Press (OUP) Prize, which consists of a gift voucher from OUP worth $250. The team from Nalsar consisted of Kaustabh Mishra, Ramya Mahidhara and Utsav Prashar.

GNLU’s Madhulika Srikumar also received an Honourable Mention in this tier 5 international moot as the fifth best speaker in the Competition. [Note: Following the rules of Jessup and Vis Vienna honourable mention MPL point allocations at international moots, the top 17 best speaker citations at the FDI moot (or around 22% of the total number of speakers at the competition) will earn MPL points.]

This year the event was held at Boston’s Suffolk University Law School from 2 to 4 November 2012 with a total of 39 teams participating in the competition.

John Marshall: Nothing for India

NLU Jodhpur finished runners-up in the Ambassador Rounds of The John Marshall Moot on IT and Privacy Law. However, runners-up in the Ambassador side rounds, for which only foreign teams are eligible, do not earn any MPL points following the MPL points allocation of 2010.

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is sponsoring the Mooting Premier League (MPL) and will contribute a prize pool of Rs 60,000 for the top three winning colleges.

Note: There was an unintentional computational error in the points allocated to HNLU Raipur in the previous iterations of the league table. This has now been corrected. We regret any confusion.

Mooting Premier League 4 season standings

Pos Law school T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Org W R/u S/F B S B M/R HM Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 100 40 13 3 1 2 2 153 [Rizvi Moot] (Semis); [Surana Trial Adv - South] (gold); [Manfred Lachs Space Moot World Rounds] (gold, best memo, best orator);[Stetson South India](gold);[Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Silver, Best orator)
2 NLU Delhi 50 4 6 1 2 3 1 60 [HMMCC (Semis)][Henry Dunant] (gold); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (organiser); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Semis); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Gold, best memo);[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds](semis);
3 NUJS Kolkata 8 40 2 2 3 48 [HMMCC (Best team)(Best speaker)] [Nani Palkhivala (runners up)][BR Sawhney (Best peaker)][SLCU Moot (Gold, Best speaker)]
4 NLU Jodhpur 15 4 21 1 1 4 1 40 [Henry Dunant] (silver); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis); [B.R Sawhney Moot] (semis) ; [NLIU Juris Corp] (Semis); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers] (Semis);[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Winners) (Best Speaker)]
5 Jindal Global Law School 20 8 10 1 2 2 38 [Nani Palkhivala] (Best Memorial)][Henry Dunant] (best researcher, semis); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (gold); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Semis)
6 Nalsar Hyderabad 8 25 1 1 1 1 2 31 [HMMCC (Runners up)] [Rizvi Moot] (Best team); [B.R Sawhney Moot] (organisers); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Speaker);[FDI Moot (Best Memorial)];[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Best Memo);
7 ILS Pune 5 15 10 1 1 1 1 30 [HMMCC] (Best researcher); [SLCU Moot] (silver); [NLIU Juris Corp] (gold); [Stetson South India](Semis)
8 Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia University 10 8 10 1 1 1 28 [Nani Palkhivala (Best speaker)][Henry Dunant (Best memo)[Surana Trial adv-North (Silver, bet speaker)]
9 HNLU Raipur 8 20 1 1 1 3 28 Nani Palkhivala (Best Researcher); [Pro Bono] (Runner's Up, Best speaker, Best researcher, Best memorial)
10 GNLU Gandhinagar 15 8 1 1 1 23 [Nani Palkhivala] (best team); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (Best team);[FDI Moot] (Honourable Mention);
11 RGNUL Patiala 12 8 2 1 22 [Nani Palkhivala] (Semis); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (semis); B. R Sawhney Moot (runners up); [NLIU Juris Corp] (silver);
12 RMLNLU Lucknow 20 1 2 20 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (gold, best researcher); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (best memo);
13 GLC Mumbai 10 8 1 1 18 Henry Dunant (Best speaker)
14 Amity Law School Noida 16 1 1 1 16 [Rizvi Moot] (Semis, best speaker, best memorial);[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds](Semis)
15 NUALS Kochi 10 5 1 1 15 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (silver); [Stetson South] (Best memo)
16 ULC Bangalore 15 1 1 15 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (best memo);[Pro-bono Enviro Moot (Winners)
17 NLIU Bhopal 6 8 1 2 1 14 [HMMCC (Semis)(Best memorial)] [Nani Palkhivala (semis)]; [NLIU Juris Corp] (Organizers);
18 NLU Orissa 8 5 2 13 [B.R Sawhney Moot] (Best Memorial); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Memorial);
19 CNLU Patna 10 1 10 [Stetson South] (Silver)
20 KLA, Trivandrum 10 1 10 [Stetson South] (Best orator)
20 Department of Law, North-Eastern Hill University 10 1 10 [Henry Dunant] (Best speaker);
22 KIIT School of Law 10 1 10 [B.R Sawhney Moot] (Winners) ;
23 Nirma University 5 3 2 8 [Henry Dunant] (semis); [Pro Bono] (Semis);
24 Symbiosis, Pune 8 1 8 [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Researcher)
25 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 8 1 1 8 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best memo, semis);
25 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 8 1 1 8 [SLCU Moot] (best memo, semis);
27 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 2 6 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (semis); [Pro Bono] (Semis)
28 V.M. Salgaoncar, Goa 5 1 5 [Stetson South] (Semis)
29 A K K New Law Academy, Pune 5 1 5 [Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Runner's Up)
30 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 1 5 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best speaker);
31 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 3 1 3 [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis);
31 Faculty of Law, IFHE Hyderabad 3 1 3 [SLCU Moot] (semis);
31 Campus Law Centre. Delhi 3 1 3 [B.R Sawhnhey Moot] (semis);
34 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 1 1 1 [SLCU Moot] (organiser);
34 Faculty of Law, MITS University,Lakhmangarh, Rajasthan (Mody Institute of Technology and Science) 1 1 1 [Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Organisers)
34 SOEL Chennai 1 1 1 Pro Bono (organisers)
34 Rizvi Law College 1 1 1 Rizvi Moot (organisers)

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook – Commonwealth moot, and upgrade of Oxford Media Law Moot South Asia to be updated.

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