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Indian triple whammy abroad as Jindal, RMLNLU win ELSA Jakarta + Leiden moots; Symbi Noida triumphs at Pro Bono Enviro

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) Sonipat defeated National Taiwan University in the finals of the ELSA WTO Asian rounds. Symbiosis Law School, Noida beat NLIU Bhopal in the finals of the Pro Bono Enviro Moot. RMLNLU Lucknow overcame Leiden University in the finals of the Leiden – Sarin International Air Law Moot.

NLIU Bhopal and RMLNLU Lucknow rose two places in the MPL 3 Season Standings from 9th to 7th position and 10th to 8th position respectively. Jindal Global Law School went up five places from 17th to 12th position. Symbiosis Law School, Noida ascended eight places and is now in 20th position.

WTO Asian rounds

Akkara, Mittal on the night
Akkara, Mittal on the night
Jindal Global Law School emerged victorious in the Asian rounds and was the only Indian team to qualify to the world finals. Rajalakshmi Natarajan from GNLU Gandhinagar won the award for the best oralist and Jindal took home the award for the best complainant written submissions in this Tier 5 international moot in the MPL.

The Jindal team consisted of Chummar Akkara and Aakriti Mittal. Mittal said that the team had a great experience in the moot. “This was the tenth edition of ELSA and the panellists themselves said that the problem this year was the toughest ever. All the panellists were experienced people from the WTO Secretariat who had a lot of expertise in trade. It was a wonderful experience to speak in front of them.”

Jindal winning team with proud VC
Jindal winning team with proud VC
There were 13 teams which participated in the moot out of which 5 teams were from India. “The competition was really intense because everybody was very well prepared.”Mittal said that the team was looking forward for the world rounds at France in May 2012. “Preparations are coming along well. There are a lot of things to work on. We are brushing up on the issues. We are also looking for funding as this is an expensive moot.” Mittal specifically mentioned that the team wouldn’t have won without the help of their professor coach James J Nedumpara. “We attribute to this win to him.”

The moot results were confirmed by Letizia Raschella-Sergi, the Asia Pacific Academic Supervisor of the moot. The rounds were held at Jakarta, Indonesia.

Pro bono Enviro moot

Symbiosis Law School Noida got past NLIU Bhopal in the finals of this Tier 5 MPL moot. NLIU Bhopal also won the best memorandum award. Pooja Kane from Jindal Global Law School bagged the best researcher award and Aastha Dua from ILS Pune took home the best speaker award. RGNUL Patiala and School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore finished semifinalists in the moot.

Speakers Rangam Sharma and Kathakoli Bose along with researcher Swati Singh formed the Symbiosis Noida team. Sharma said that the team had a good experience. “We went with the mindset that we had nothing to lose. It was our first moot as a team. We wanted to win. We were a bit under confident, but our Director Sir gave us a boost before the moot.”

Sharma praised the judging standards during the moot. “It was absolutely brilliant. In most moots, the prelim judges won’t even know the facts of the problem. Here, the judges had read the facts and they understood the moot problem. They were not bombarding us with random questions, but they asked quality questions. It was an excellent experience.”

Sharma also mentioned that there was intense competition in the moot. “The other teams were good and they were well researched. NLIU Bhopal, Christ, ILS and RGNUL were really good, they had brilliant research. You could feel the competition.” Sharma mentioned that they still have a long road ahead when it comes to mooting. “The best part is that we are still first years and this win gave us a lot of confidence.”

Diwagar & Krithika from SOEL Chennai confirmed the results and said that 33 teams participated in the moot. SOEL Chennai was awarded MPL organiser points.

Leiden – Sarin moot

RMLNLU Lucknow defeated Leiden University in the finals of the competition. Ruchika Rao from Nalsar Hyderabad finished as the top oralist and bagged the best speaker award and RMLNLU Lucknow won the award for the best applicant memorandum in this Tier 5 international moot.

The RMLNLU Lucknow team consisted of Ishita Pant and Veena Kamath. “The overall experience was just too good. The judging style was amazing. We had judges from the International Civil Aviation Organisation and other places. They asked questions and were very patient”, said Kamath. “There were 12 teams which participated in the international rounds. We had four rounds initially and then the top two teams participated in the finals.”

Kamath said that they were excited to face Leiden University in the finals. “The Leiden team had a coach, their first speaker was an LL. M student and their second speaker was a Ph.D candidate. The third guy was married. Their team was very experienced.”

Kamath mentioned that all the participating teams were good. “Almost every team had a coach. Among the Indian teams, only GNLU had a coach”, she said.

Nitin Sarin from Sarin & Co. confirmed the results and said that the final round of the moot was presided by Judge Gilbert Guillaume, Former President of the ICJ. “Ruchika Rao, the best oralist in the moot, bagged a full paid scholarship for the Advanced Masters in Air and Space Law at the International Institute of Air & Space Law and Leiden University.” Sarin also mentioned that next year’s competition is scheduled to be held at Abu Dhabi and will be sponsored by Etihad Airlines.

12 teams participated in the moot. NLU Delhi, GNLU Gandhinagar, Nalsar Hyderabad and RMLNLU Lucknow were the four Indian teams which were selected to participate in the moot based on their performance in the national rounds held in January this year.

Oxford IPR

None of the Indian teams won laurels at the Oxford IPR Moot. NLSIU Bangalore, NUJS Kolkata and RGNUL Patiala), along with 17 other international teams participated in this Tier 5 international moot in the MPL.

Breaking update:

The convenors of the Oxford Media Law Moot have confirmed that Nalsar has won the Oxford Media Law Moot, which will give the college its biggest win in the MPL this year, as well as much needed points after taking the MPL trophy two years in a row.

However, another Indian team also won big points. Stay tuned for full update once we’ve got quotes from team and more.

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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 Jodhpur 127 NLU Antitrust (organiser); Amity moot (silver, best speaker, best researcher); 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);
3 NLU Delhi 111 BCI - NLU Delhi (organisers); ULC moot (best male speaker, best female speaker); 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);
4 GLC Mumbai 106 Amity moot (gold); 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 90 [Leiden - Sarin] (best speaker); BCI - NLU Delhi (semis); NLU Antitrust (silver, best memo); 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 79 NLU Antitrust (gold, best researcher); 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 NLIU Bhopal 69 [Pro Bono Enviro] (silver, best memo); NLU Antitrust (best speaker, semis); 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);
8 RMLNLU Lucknow 68 [Leiden - Sarin] (gold, best applicant memo); DMH (best reseracher); Surana Corp (semis);KK Luthra (best memo); Stetson North (silver); Palkhivala (silver); Trial Adv North (semis);
9 ILS Pune 67 [Pro Bono Enviro] (best speaker); BCI - NLU Delhi (best female speaker); 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);
10 Campus Law Centre Delhi 60 BCI - NLU Delhi (silver, best male speaker); Amity moot (semis); ULC moot (semis); KLA (gold); Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
11 RGNUL Patiala 54 [Pro Bono Enviro] (semis); Amity moot (best memo, semis); ULC moot (silver); Surana Tech (best memo); Jessup North (semis); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (semis); Stetson North (best speaker); Hidayatullah (semis); B.R. Sawhney (best memo);
12 Jindal Global Law School 53 [ELSA Asian rounds] (gold, best memo); [Pro Bono Enviro] (best researcher); ULC moot (gold); NUJS-HS (semis); KK Luthra (semis); Dunant (best speaker, semis);
13 GNLU Gandhinagar 52 [ELSA Asian rounds] (best speaker); NLU Antitrust (semis); GIMC (organiser); Jessup North (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best researcher, semis); B.R. Sawhney (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
14 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 52 [Pro Bono Enviro] (semis); Surana Corp (gold, best speaker); KLA (best speaker); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (organiser); IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU Moot (organiser);
15 SOEL Chennai 46 [Pro Bono Enviro] (organisers); BCI-Nirma (silver, best male speaker); Jessup South (silver, best speaker); Stetson South (semis);Trial Adv South (best memo);
16 HNLU Raipur 39 Jessup North (silver);Stetson North (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (best researcher); Palkhivala (best speaker, semis); [Hidayatullah (organiser); SLCU Moot (semis);
17 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 36 BCI - NLU Delhi (semis); ULC moot (best memo); Surana Tech (organisers); NUJS-HS (semis); Rizvi (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best memo); IICLAM (semis);
18 CNLU Patna 25 BCI - NLU Delhi (gold); Stetson North (semis);
19 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 23 Surana Tech (gold, best speaker);
20 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 14 [Pro Bono Enviro] (gold); Surana Corp (semis);
21 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 Stetson South (silver);
22 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 Stetson North (best memo);
23 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 10 Amity (oraganisers); NLIU-Juris Corp (silver);
24 KLE Bangalore 9 ULC moot (best researcher); IICLAM (semis);
25 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 ULC moot (semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
26 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 Stetson South (semis);
26 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 Jessup South (semis);
28 NUALS Kochi 5 SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (silver);
29 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 KLA (semis);
30 ULC Bangalore 4 ULC moot (organisers); SLCU Moot (semis);
31 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 Hidayatullah (semis);
31 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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