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Jessup, Vis live: Alas, NLUO dream Jessup run ends in semis • Jindal grabbed 2nd at Vis Vienna

We’re tracking Vis Vienna and Jessup live on LI, as we all keep our fingers crossed for India
We’re tracking Vis Vienna and Jessup live on LI, as we all keep our fingers crossed for India

Four Indian teams have made it into the last 64 out of 342 teams at the Willem C Vis Moot in Vienna, according to an update on its Facebook page.

On Tuesday (yesterday) at 8pm (Vienna time - around 11pm India time):

  • JGLS Sonepat faced off against FGV Rio Law School, and
  • NLIU Bhopal mooted against Federal University of Parana

while at 8am on Wednesday (today - around 1130am India time):

  • NLSIU Bangalore faces Duke University, and
  • NLU Delhi will moot against the University of Maastricht Team.

MPL consequences: Not likely to be dramatic at the top, but interesting in mid-field

While India’s representation so far is great news all around, at least for the MPL it means that the top of the leaderboard, which is occupied by GNLU Gandhinagar, Nalsar Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata and Symbiosis Pune (in that order), is unlikely to change significantly amongst each other (and giving Nalsar at Stetson a chance of taking over the lead from GNLU, with only 14 points currently separating them).

It also gives an opportunity for NLU Delhi - currently at 95 points in fifth place - to climb the ranks (though catching up with first-ranked GNLU at 174 points will be very tough with just this one moot).

NLSIU Bangalore and NLIU Bhopal are currently respectively in 8th and 9th place in the MPL rankings at 82 and 75 points, while JGLS has not had a great season this time, in 19th position with 26 points.

Update 12 April 2017, 10:26

NLIU Bhopal and JGLS Sonepat are both through to the round of 32, according to Vis’ Twitter feed.

Results from the other two teams in the last 64, who are having their rounds very shortly, to be updated.

Jindal will face University of Zurich in the next round of 32, beginning at 11am Vienna time (2:30pm India time), with NLIU up against Monash University at the same time.

Update 15:15: NLSIU and NLU Delhi are out

NLSIU and NLU Delhi did not make it to the last 32, unfortunately.

Update 19:25: NLIU out in round of last 16

JGLS Sonepat and NLIU Bhopal are through to the octa-finals of the Vis Vienna moot, according to the competition’s Twitter page.

JGLS was up against Institute d’Etudes Politique de Paris, while NLIU faced Mackenzie Presbyterian University.

However, according to a video posted up by Vis on its Facebook, NLIU lost its match by 3 votes to nil.

JGLS’ fate to be confirmed...

19:31: JGLS rounds are still ongoing...

We will post an update when we get it.

==19:40: Vis interim MPL standings + Jessup

After the Vis so far, NLIU Bhopal with octa-finalist points of at least 15, will be on at least 90 points in the MPL 7, tied in seventh place with NLU Jodhpur.

NLSIU Bangalore would move into ninth position (its lowest ever ranking after Vis Vienna in any MPL season to date).

JGLS, no matter what happens, will be winning at least 15 points from Vis Vienna, if not more.

Other honourable mentions and citations have obviously not yet been included.

Meanwhile, the Jessup ‘world cup of mooting’ moot - where Nalsar Hyderabad, Symbiosis Pune, NLU Orissa and NLIU Bhopal are representing - is having its 4th preliminary rounds at the moment, with breaks due to be announced in 12-odd hours or so.

We’ll keep you posted.

21:13: JGLS Sonepat is through to the quarter finals

According to Vis quarter final match-ups, Jindal began facing Cambridge University at 17:30 (9pm India time).

23:22: Jindal defeats Cambridge into semi-finals

JGLS Sonepat has won against Cambridge University’s team 3-0, and will now move into the semi-finals to face Columbia.

13 April 2017, 09:51: Jessup breaks are out, Vis Jindal semis about to start

Good morning everyone, we’re back with our live updates from the world’s two biggest moots.

The big breaking fantastic news: Jessup breaks of the last 32 teams are out, and, amazingly, a massive three Indian teams have broken through: Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, and NLU Orissa.

We’ll update more on their progress as we find out.

Meanwhile, at Vis Vienna, Jindal’s semi-final match-up against Columbia University, before arbitrators Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo, Ms Rashda Rana and Dr Philipp Habegger, is scheduled for 9am Vienna time today (1230pm India time).

Let’s hope that JGLS haven’t lost their mojo today after (hopefully) a good night’s sleep following yesterday’s punishing knock-out mooting schedule at Vis!

The other semis are between the University of Ottawa and the University of Montevideo.

10:03: Incredible India performance so far

No other country has seen as many teams make it to the 1/16th finals of the last 32, including the UK and the US (2 of their teams each broke into the last 32), despite fielding many more teams to the competition than India.

BTW, it needs to be said: Jessup deserves huge points for the amazing design work on its evocative poster this year.

The case looks super interesting. Read the compromis of the “case concerning the Sisters of the Sun” here, if interested.

Jessup poster
Jessup poster

16:00: India makes it to Vis finals!

Yes, JGLS Sonepat has won against Columbia to make it to the Vis Vienna final round. Congratulations and much applause!

JGLS will face the University of Ottawa in the finals!


The following teams will compete in the finals of the #24thVisMoot University of Ottawa v O.P. Jindal Global University

— WILLEM C. VIS MOOT (@VisMootVienna) Thu, 13 Apr 2017, 15:44

17:38: The JGLS vs Ottawa Vis Vienna finals are going on right now and look grand...

Vis Vienna finals (via Vis Facebook)
Vis Vienna finals (via Vis Facebook)

100s of teams spectating... (via Vis Facebook)
100s of teams spectating... (via Vis Facebook)

20:18: Sadly, Ottawa has won the Vis finals but...

massive congratulations are in order for JGLS Sonepat for coming in second at one of the toughest moots in the world!

14 April 2017, 11:05: NLIU Bhopal and NLU Orissa barge into quarter finals of Jessup!

NLIU Bhopal and NLU Orissa have made it to the last 8 at Jessup, after a successful round of the last 16.

The Nalsar team unfortunately did not make it out of the stage of the last 32.

The quarter finals are due to take place this morning (US time), so it’ll be some time this evening or late at night that we’ll be expecting updates...

India brings biggest contingent into Jessup last 8
India brings biggest contingent into Jessup last 8

15 April 2017, 00:40: NLUO Cuttack is in the Jessup finals!!!

Yes, sorry, we’re slightly late here on our live blog (do follow our MPL Facebook page, which had the more rapid update this time), but better late than never: NLUO Cuttack has made it to the Jessup World Cup of Frigging Mooting semi finals!

The last time India went to the semis at Jessup was NLSIU in 2013 and before that Nalsar in 2010. Great stuff.

NLUO is up against Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica. NLIU unfortunately did not make it out of the quarters, but a round of applause is also due for its performance!

Anyway, at this point we’ve all got our fingers crossed for NLUO on the world stage...

The other semi-finalist teams are from Australia and Canada.

01:33: Breaking news: NLUO finishes Jessup run in semi finals

Alas, an India finals was not meant to be this year, though NLUO came damn close.

We are just getting word that NLUO Cuttack lost its semi-finals to Norman Manley Law School of Jamaica.

The other semis are still ongoing.

Nevertheless, with a small tear in our eye, a massive congratulations to NLUO for this amazing run, as well as to NLIU, Nalsar and Symbi for generally kicking ass at Jessup this year for India. Well done all!

01:47: The other non-Indian Jessup finalist - Australia, which beat Ontario in the second semi-finals

So, the non-Indian final at Jessup will be Australia vs Jamaica...

01:59: We’ve got in touch with the NLUO team...

which consists of Aman Pandey, Ranjeev Khatana, Aditya Laddha and Debayan Gupta. They’re probably exhausted and swamped by congratulatory WhatsApp messages :) But have asked them for some thoughts and will share here if they manage to get back.

FYI: if you want to watch the Jessup finals, they are starting around 11:30pm Indian time broadcast live on this URL.

17 April 2017: 10:50 Sydney law school has won in the finals

According to the Jessup Facebook:

ILSA announced the topics for the 2018 Jessup Competition: the validity of interstate arbital awards, the capture of a marine vessel, the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of naval warfare.

That’s it for now from the Vis and Jessup liveblog, thanks for following. Once we have gathered all the citations and honourable mentions, we will do a separate story shortly.

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