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Mega Mooting Sunday: NLU Delhi wins Jessup North and KK Luthra; NUJS, NLS post wins at Christ Anti-trust and Rizvi moots

NLU Delhi demolished the opposition in the Jessup North India qualifying rounds and the KK Luthra Memorial Moot, while NUJS Kolkata posted its first MPL 3 win in the anti-trust moot conducted by Christ University. NLSIU Bangalore continued with its winning ways, registering yet another moot win in the Rizvi International Moot.

Jessup North Rounds

NLU Delhi got past HNLU Raipur in the finals of the Jessup North India Qualifying Rounds.

GNLU Gandhinagar and RGNUL Patiala finished as semifinalists, and GNLU also won the best memorandum award. Aritra Roy from NLU Jodhpur won the best speaker award.

The NLU Delhi team consisted of speakers Akshay BD, Shreya Rastogi and Naman Joshi along with researchers Aayush Srivastava and Sarvatrajit Singh. Speakers Rastogi and Akshay had also taken NLU Delhi to the International rounds last year and had won the 9th and 17th best oralist awards respectively.

Akshay was elated after his second Jessup North win. “It was fantastic,” he told Legally India. “The way the events unfolded over the past two days was just simply fantastic.”

Akshay was candid about him and Rastogi wanting another bite at the Jessup cherry. “Last time, we lost out in the international rounds due to bad time management. Immediately after the rounds, we had decided that we wanted to come back. The international rounds are also fantastic.”

NLU Delhi: #Winning
NLU Delhi: #Winning
Akshay praised the moot organisastion and standards of judging. “Certain people on your site and outside had some complaints about judging last year… This year does not even afford an opportunity for such complaints. The moot was organised well and we had good judges.” He also noted that there were a lot of good teams and intense competition this year. “This year was tougher to the extent that we faced NUJS in the first round itself. Both teams could have made it if we hadn’t faced each other in the first round and even one of the judges commented stating this. This is bad luck which comes with the draw. However, there was really good competition and the rounds were really intense.”

When asked if NLU Delhi would have an edge over the other teams due to their speakers having participated in the moot last year, Akshay said: “We’ve seen what the standards are and we know what is expected of us. We need to know our research thoroughly without referring to anything. Another thing that we will have to work on is speaking slowly. Most Indian teams end up speaking very fast.”

Akshay said that the moot problem this year was a lot more challenging.

18 teams participated in the moot.

K K Luthra Memorial Moot

NLU Delhi also won the K K Luthra Memorial Moot, after getting past ILS Pune in the final rounds. Jindal Global Law School and Pakistan Law College, Lahore finished semifinalists.

RMLNLU Lucknow won the best memorandum award and Elizabeth from George Washington University bagged the best speaker award. As many as 62 teams from India and abroad participated in the moot.

The NLU Delhi team consisted of Aarti Bhavana, Raghav Sachdeva and Abhimanyu Yadav. Bhavana said that the team had a great learning experience. “The moot experience was wonderful. The judges were amazing in all the rounds and gave us excellent feedback. We also met many other teams and had a great time. ILS Pune was brilliant in the final rounds and it was very close.”

The moot had two preliminary rounds, after which the top 8 teams, selected on the basis of maximum number of wins and memo scores, qualified to the quarters. Bhavana said that having an octafinal round would have made things much easier. “There were around 20 teams who won 2 moots each and the top 8 out of the 20 had to be chosen based on the memo scores. If there was a Round of 16 before the quarters, then it wouldn’t have been that difficult.” The moot problem was based on murder and corporate manslaughter.

The moot was held at Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Rajnoop Gill, a student organiser said that the moot was successfully organised with the help of Mr. Siddharth Luthra, senior counsel, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court. “There were 62 teams who had come, some of them from abroad. All the teams were put up in Delhi University itself.”

SLCU - LKS - CCI Anti-Trust Moot

Last season’s MPL runners up NUJS Kolkata registered its first win of the season after getting past NUALS Kochi in the Anti-trust moot organised by School of Law, Christ University in collaboration with Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan (LKS) and the Competition Commission of India (CCI). NUJS also won the best memorandum award. NLU Delhi and RGNUL Patiala finished semifinalists and NLU Delhi also bagged the best researcher award. Prakruti Joshi from GLC Mumbai won the best speaker award.

Speakers Vinayak Mehrotra & Indrajeet Sarcar along with researcher Durga Priya composed the NUJS team. Priya said that the moot competition law was an interesting area to work on. “It was a great experience and we enjoyed it throughout. Our speakers were excellent and did a great job.”

“The judges asked pertinent questions which we didn’t quite expect and were really good,” said Priya. “Unfortunately, we didn’t see NLS or Nalsar coming over for the moot, but the other teams were quite good. NUALS Kochi, our opponents in the final round, argued really well.”

On NUJS registering its first win so late this season, Priya said: “We have quite a good moot pool this year. The International moots are still yet to happen and I’m sure the teams for all the international moots will perform well.” Further, Priya acknowledged the efforts of the organising team led by Prashanth Shivadass for the brilliant hospitality.

Rizvi International Moot

NLSIU Bangalore got the better of NLIU Bhopal at the Rizvi International Moot. Team MPL has not yet received confirmation of the other results from the organisers of the moot.

A full story and the MPL 3 season standings will be updated once we receive confirmations from the organisers.

Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

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