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Jessup live: NLSIU is runner-up in the world cup of mooting finals • 4 broke into last 32

NLS, NUJS through to Jessup quarters: India’s mooters, excelling yet again on the world stageNLS, NUJS through to Jessup quarters: India’s mooters, excelling yet again on the world stage

Update 8 April 2018, 09:57: Alas, an India win wasn’t meant to be this year: NLSIU has come second in what has nevertheless been an amazing performance. Standing ovation due.

Update 00:21: The tail end of the finals is still streaming live here, requiring quick sign-in with an email address.

Update 17:51: And here’s a video of the NLSIU team getting into the Jessup world finals spirit:

Update 7 April 2018 09:43: NLSIU Bangalore is in the finals of Jessup, to face a team from Queensland, Australia.

@the_jessup tweeted:

It’s all come down to this! The Final Round of the White & Case Jessup World Championship will take place tomorrow at 2:00pm between Australia and India in the Regency Ballroom. All are invited to attend. #Jessup2018

That’s 2pm EST in the US, or 1130pm on Saturday night in India.

This year’s finalist team (via Jessup Facebook)This year’s finalist team (via Jessup Facebook)

At this point, do cast your mind and clicks back to 2013 - the last time an Indian team was in the Jessup finals. Raag Yadava, Geetha Hariharan, Shreya Jain and Akshaya Ramadurai, of course, went on to win it.

And here’s a comment left by a reader which is quite interesting, despite any counter-insistence of theirs:

Into the finals!!! I was talking to a friend about India at the Jessup. When was the last time there was no Indian team in atleast the advanced rounds. Here goes some unnecessary info...

* only noting the best performing Indian team in every edition.

NLSIU in 2018 (finalists [atleast]),

NLUO in 2017 (semis),

NLUO in 2016 (octas),

NALSAR in 2015 (quarters),

NALSAR in 2014 (octas),

NLSIU in 2013 (winners),

NLSIU & NLUD in 2012 (r32),

NUJS in 2011 (quarters),

NALSAR in 2010 (semis),

NLSIU in 2009 (quarters),

NLSIU in 2008 (semis),

NALSAR & NLSIU in 2007 (octas),

NALSAR in 2006 (semis),

NLSIU in 2005 (octas),

NLSIU in 2004 (octas),

NLSIU in 2003 (quarters),

NLSIU in 2002 (quarters).

2001 is the last time there was no Indian team in the advanced rounds at Jessup.

Great job everyone.

True words spoken.

NLSIU Bangalore is in the Jessup finals (via @the_jessup Twitter account)NLSIU Bangalore is in the Jessup finals (via @the_jessup Twitter account)

Update 6 April 2018, 22:57: NLSIU Bangalore is through to the semi-finals of Jessup!

NLSIU Bangalore is through to the semi finals, via @the_jessup Twitter accountNLSIU Bangalore is through to the semi finals, via @the_jessup Twitter account

Update 6 April 2018, 10:44: Confirmed: GNLU, NLIU and NUJS did not make it to the quarters, which by a process of elimination means that only NLSIU Bangalore is through to the quarters.

Correction: We had originally misreported that NUJS had also made it through to the quarters. Alas, it’s only NLS that has.

We are on the edges of our seats and will update you when we hear more!

6 April 2018, 10:00: Two Indian teams are through the last 8 teams. GNLU is not one of them, we have confirmed, and are trying to find out the other. Please stay tuned.

5 April 2018: All four Indian teams are through to the final 32 at the so-called world cup of mooting, at the Jessup White & Case moot.

GNLU Gandhinagar, NUJS Kolkata, NLSIU Bangalore and NLIU Bhopal stand a chance to make it beyond the advanced rounds into the final knock-out stages.

Last year, NLU Orissa made it all the way to the semi finals, after it and NLIU and Nalsar Hyderabad broke into the last 32.

Up for grabs are loads of MPL points, that could very well determine the winners this season.

We have included points from more than two dozens moot this season so far.

We’ll be keeping you posted.

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Like +0 Object -1 NLIU Mooter 05 Apr 18, 16:49
NLIU not only broke but reached the quarter finals of the world rounds last year
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Like +1 Object -1 MCA 05 Apr 18, 18:27
Kian, while you mention that NLIU broke to the round of 32, you should have mentioned that it qualified to the quarters also - which you had already covered last year. Please update accordingly. Thanks!
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Like +3 Object -2 Go Study, Dude! 06 Apr 18, 08:54
What's more important: Kian covering it or NLIU qualifying? Does LI not reporting that take away NLIU's achievements? Will it not be a fact if LI didn't validate it? Did that team moot last year only for fame?
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Like +0 Object -0 Sxooter 05 Apr 18, 23:17
This year two Indian teams will reach semis!
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 06 Apr 18, 01:30
That remains to be seen. Hopefully, it happens. Two through to the octas now, while two bow out.

Great work all four nonetheless.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 06 Apr 18, 05:26
One remains as we move to quarters. Rounds in 14 hours.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest123 06 Apr 18, 10:09
It's nlsiu
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 07 Apr 18, 04:03
Into the finals!!! I was talking to a friend about India at the Jessup. When was the last time there was no Indian team in atleast the advanced rounds. Here goes some unnecessary info...

* only noting the best performing Indian team in every edition.

NLSIU in 2018 (finalists [atleast]),
NLUO in 2017 (semis),
NLUO in 2016 (octas),
NALSAR in 2015 (quarters),
NALSAR in 2014 (octas),
NLSIU in 2013 (winners),
NLSIU & NLUD in 2012 (r32),
NUJS in 2011 (quarters),
NALSAR in 2010 (semis),
NLSIU in 2009 (quarters),
NLSIU in 2008 (semis),
NALSAR & NLSIU in 2007 (octas),
NALSAR in 2006 (semis),
NLSIU in 2005 (octas),
NLSIU in 2004 (octas),
NLSIU in 2003 (quarters),
NLSIU in 2002 (quarters).

2001 is the last time there was no Indian team in the advanced rounds at Jessup.
Great job everyone.
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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 07 Apr 18, 22:00  interesting
India has always been good at Jessup. Long before those you mention above, long before even the 1999 victory there were success stories. Taking the mooting nerdiness further:

Note-1: I have noted all teams that have qualified for Jessup.
Note-2: However, for oralists and memorials, I have noted down only the top-10.

1960-67 O
nly American teams
1968-76 Couldn’t find any info on participating teams anywhere

Info on participating teams can be found in ILSA Journal of International Law (published 1977 to 1993). Couldn’t find anything on how these teams fared, but none of them made it to the Championship round.

1977 No info provided on participants
1978 No Indian team
1979 GLC, Pondicherry [see 3 ASILS Int'l L.J. 126 (1979)]
1980 GLC, Bombay [see 4 ASILS Int'l L.J. 134 (1980)]
1981 GLC, Bombay [see 5 ASILS Int'l L.J. 147 (1981)]
1982 No Indian team
1983 GLC, Bombay [see 7 ASILS Int'l L.J. 186 (1983)]
1984 GLC, Madras [see 8 ASILS Int'l L.J. 165 (1984)]
1985 University College, Bangalore [see 9 ASILS Int'l L.J. 230 (1985)]
1986 GLC, Bombay [see 10 ASILS Int'l L.J. 201 (1986)]

From here on in, all info is available on https://www.ilsa.org/jessuphome/2014-08-15-09-28-30/jessup-archives

1987 GLC, [?] 9th/26, 8th best oralist
Note: The website only notes team as [India], and the journal notes them as [GLC, India].
[see 11 ILSA J. Int'l L. 245 (1987)]

1988 GLC, Madras 12th/39 [see 12 ILSA J. Int'l L. 173 (1988)]

1989 ULC, Bangalore 24th/41, GLC, Bombay

1990 NLSIU, Bangalore 28th/38 Note: Wrongly noted as NLC, India on website. [see 15 ILSA J. Int'l L. 178 (1992)]

1991 Dr. Ambedkar, Madras 7th/46 Quarter-finalists; ULC, Bangalore 17th/46 [see 16 ILSA J. Int'l L. 59 (1993)]

1992 Dr. Ambedkar, Madras 29th/45 ULC, Bangalore 42nd/45 [see 16 ILSA J. Int'l L. 131 (1993)]

1993 National Law School India 22nd/53 8th best oralist; Dr. Ambedkar, Madras 27th/53
4th best memorial (Alona Evans award) 7th best memorial (Dillard award)

1994 3 Indian teams participated, and placed 32nd, 35th & 39th/52. Note: The website only notes them as India-1, India-2 & India-3; while the ILSA Quarterly that took over from ILSA Journal of International Law doesn’t provide any help either.

1995 Dr. Ambedkar, Madras 8th/57 Semi-Finalists; NLSIU, Bangalore 27th/57 4th best oralist Note: Wrongly referred to as National Law University. [see ILSA Quarterly Ad Rem: The Magazine of the International Law Students Assoc., Issue 1, Sept. 1995 at p. 9]

1996 Dr. Ambedkar, Madras 8th/58 Quarter-Finalists; National Law School of India 9th/58
Quarter-Finalists; KLA 36th/58
Note: NLS secured its first ‘break’ in Jessup (though it finished 9th) as a tabulation error resulted in University of Calgary (eventually second) being placed outside top-8 and knocked-out as a result!

1997 KLA 13th/54 Semi-Finalists; NLS 27th/54

1998 NLSIU, Bangalore 8th/59 Quarter-Finalists; GLC, [?] 23rd/59

1999 NLSIU, Bangalore 5th/62 Winners; GLC, [?] 29th/62; KLA 34th/62

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1987: seems like the first time as oralist from India broke the top-10 at Jessup (Neela Ramathan/8th).
* can’t be sure as records aren’t complete for older editions of the competition.

1990: The first time a five-year program qualified for Jessup from India.

1991: Dr. Ambedkar, Madras seems like the first Indian team to ‘break’ at Jessup.

1993: Probul Bhaduri equals the best performance by an Indian oralist at Jessup (8th).
1993: Dr. Ambedkar, Madras secures the first Evans & Dillard award for an Indian team.

1995: Sandeep Farias, NLSI Bangalore becomes the top performing Indian oralist at Jessup (4th).
1995: Dr. Ambedkar, Madras becomes the first Indian team to reach the semi-finals at Jessup.

1997: KLA equal Dr. Ambedkar (1995) by reaching the semi-finals at Jessup.

1999: NLSIU, Bangalore wins India’s first Jessup.
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 08 Apr 18, 10:22 LI subscriber
Amazing research, thanks for sharing. We would like to republish your research, please let us know if we can give any credit by name.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 08 Apr 18, 19:09
I'll send you a complete history of India at Jessup in 24 hours. However, of you wish to push ahead, you can publish the above comments. I don't need the credits, but thank you for asking.
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Like +0 Object -0 Kian.ganz 09 Apr 18, 00:09
Yes please, that'd be wonderful! Please leave a comment with the history, or send directly to Contact Us
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 07 Apr 18, 05:37
The last time NLSIU defeated NALSAR in the last-knockout round (after which even the 'losers' qualify) of the Indian qualifying tournament, they went on to win the World Championship.

2013: Jessup south semis
2018: Jessup India quarters
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 08 Apr 18, 02:04
NLSIU runners-up.
Isha Jain (spelling?), speaker-1 for NLSIU, gets best oralist in final.

In my opinion, NLSIU's speaker-2 made a fatal error that cost them in the end.

She had argued that SCR 3790 (from factsheet) was distinct to 9 other SCR using similar language ("all measures commensurate") as they all included qualifiers (inspect, verify, seize etc.). She was absolutely correct in this regard [Contention-4, Covfefe attack]

However, the judge missed out on this; and questioned her if she could discern the allowance of use of force from SCR 3790.

She needed to pivot back to distinction she had already drawn out. She needed to reiterate it at that stage. However, as she was running out of time, she stumbled twice in a small matter of a minute and provided a less than satisfactory response. This was the last substantive comment from either team before we moved to the rebuttals.

In my opinion, that last bit tipped the scale in a very evenly balanced round.

That is my analysis of the round and in no manner takes away from the awe inspiring run put together by the team from NLSIU.

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Full disclosure: I am a former Jessup award winner, and was a judge at the international rounds this year. I did judge the Australian team in one of their preliminary rounds, and they are a very deserving winner.
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Like +2 Object -1 Raag Yadava 08 Apr 18, 11:14
Thanks Shreya!
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 08 Apr 18, 19:11
Sorry, not Shreya.
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Like +0 Object -1 Moby 06 Apr 18, 10:27
I know Jessup is important, but Kian can you please cover the Salman Khan conviction. I want to add my 2 cents to that story on LI instead of the boring Bar and Bench. Thanks.
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Like +7 Object -1 kianganz 06 Apr 18, 10:29 LI subscriber  interesting
We did give a snarky headline to it in our News In Brief section:
https://www.legallyindia.com/the-bar-and-bench/any-bets-on-how-long-it-will-last-this-time-salman-khan-convicted-for-illegally-killing-defenceless-antelope-20180405-9250

Please comment away, we're all Bhai haters here ;)

(duck, cover and run)
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Like +3 Object -3 Guest 06 Apr 18, 20:51
Kian you should either use BENGALURU, or also use Calcutta and Bombay. Why should Bangalore get the privilege of retaining its English name while the others two cities get stuck with their shitty desi names?
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Like +16 Object -0 Guest123 06 Apr 18, 23:54  interesting  top rated
Falling standards of Nls be damned
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Like +3 Object -0 Mootie 07 Apr 18, 04:06
The Bangalore team is being coached by Aritra, from what I hear in law school chatter. Surprised that the team was able to get him to help them. But happy none the less. They can surely gain a lot from his experience.

Kian - can you please update this news? Have they progressed?
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Like +13 Object -1 Guest 07 Apr 18, 06:14  interesting  top rated
Why does NLSIU keep doing well so consistently while the other NLUs lag behind? Can it be that CLAT ranks are indeed determinative of ability? Is is that the NLSIU faculty is vastly superior? Is is that students are more motivated and hardworking? It is because of greater admin support? Are alumni more supportive?
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 08 Apr 18, 01:44
Answer: Alumni support.
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Like +8 Object -0 Raag Yadava 08 Apr 18, 11:16  interesting
The Student Community. If other lawschool organise themselves like nls. You'll see the results
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Like +2 Object -0 Update? 07 Apr 18, 09:27
Go Nls!
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Like +10 Object -0 Guest 07 Apr 18, 16:36  interesting
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Like +5 Object -6 Insider 07 Apr 18, 23:42  controversial
The live feed of the final round is being screened in the Examination Hall at Law School right now. I hope it inspires the junior batches to take up the mantle and make Law School proud. As the chant in Law School goes "Office mean tera baap kaun", it's time to prove "Mooting main tera baap kaun".
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Like +20 Object -0 Cow Belt 08 Apr 18, 01:43  interesting  top rated
As the chant in Law School goes "Office mean tera baap kaun",

This was never a slogan until the Hindi belt took over the NLS student body, after CLAT became a Kota-coaching-class type exam. Eventually, Strawberry Fields will be renamed to Kharbuja Khet.
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Like +0 Object -1 Update? 08 Apr 18, 01:59
Nls lost, because the judges had to decide. And australia looked good :( Isha won best orator though!
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Like +5 Object -0 Mistborn 08 Apr 18, 02:08  interesting
WUDC breaks and now a Jessups best orator. Congratulations Isha! how far you have come from loosing a debate against us :P
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