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Mega mooting weekend aftermath: NLSIU mooting revival in 200+ MPL points as GLC outranks NUJS; RMLNLU, Christ rise

NLSIU Bangalore, Campus Law Centre Delhi, GLC Mumbai and School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore registered wins in the GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC), Kerala Law Academy Moot, NUJS Herbert Smith National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition and the Surana Corporate Law Moot respectively.

While Indian teams did not figure in the finals of the DM Harish International Moot, NLSIU Bangalore, GLC Mumbai and RMLNLU Lucknow won best speaker, best memorandum and best researcher citations at this Tier 2 moot.

NLSIU Bangalore amassed 59 points during the weekend with one win and three best memorandum citations among other awards. NLSIU’s splendid performance cemented their top spot in the MPL 3 Season Standings as it ended up with 231 points. NLU Jodhpur sits on second spot, 133 points behind NLSIU and 3 points ahead of NLU Delhi. GLC Mumbai took home 51 points and moved ahead of NUJS Kolkata , thanks to its brilliant performance at the NUJS Herbert Smith moot and its best memorandum citation at the DM Harish moot.

ILS Pune moved from the 12th to 7th position as it finished as runners-up bagging best speaker and best memorandum citations at GIMC. RMLNLU Lucknow’s best researcher citation at DM Harish pushed them up five places in the standings. Christ University’s 31 points from the Surana Corporate law success and best speaker citation at the KLA moot moved to number 8 from 17th.

The final rounds of DM Harish, GIMC & the NUJS Herbert Smith moot were live blogged by Legally India on Sunday evening.

DM Harish: Bond girls v. Southampton boys

Bond University, Australia defeated Southampton University from the UK in the final rounds of the DM Harish Memorial International moot. Indian law schools Nalsar Hyderabad and NLU Delhi suffered losses at the hands of the two foreign law schools during the semifinal rounds. However, Jyoti Maheshwari from NLSIU won the best speaker award and Ankit Namdeo from RMLNLU Lucknow bagged the best researcher award. GLC Mumbai took home the best memorandum citation in this Tier 2 moot.

GIMC: Clash of the MPL 3 toppers – NLSIU Bangalore v NLU Jodhpur

NLSIU Bangalore defeated NLU Jodhpur in the final rounds of the GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC). ILS Pune and NLIU Bhopal finished semifinalists. ILS took home 20 points from this Tier 4 moot as it won both best memorandum and best speaker awards, the latter citation going to speaker Harsha Gupta.

The team from NLSIU had speakers Tarun Krishnakumar & Jasraj Singh, with Neeraj Vyas as researcher. Singh and Vyas praised the judging quality throughout the moot. “The judging was exemplary. The diversity of judges during the various rounds was great. It was a new experience for me,”, said Singh. Krishnakumar praised the final bench, which consisted of trade law experts such as Prof Mitsuo Matsushita and Mr Lakshmikumaran, among others. “There is only one way I can describe the final bench – world class.”

Researcher Vyas told MPL that the semifinal round against ILS Pune was the toughest round they faced in the moot. Krishnakumar felt that there had been a revival of mooting culture in NLSIU. “The participation among NLSIU students in moots has increased tremendously. Further, credit should go to the moot support group consisting of senior students who helped us right from the beginning. All three of us had not yet studied trade law as a course in law school. But our seniors helped us tremendously with the basics.” NLSIU was pleased with the moot organizers as well. Krishnakumar said:“Radhika, Abhilasha and Kapish and the rest of the team were very hospitable throughout the moot.”

A total of 37 teams participated in the moot, which was conducted at GNLU's new Gandhinagar campus. GNLU was awarded 2 MPL organiser points as the college did not participate in the moot.

NUJS Herbert Smith: NLIU Bhopal v. GLC Mumbai

GLC Mumbai defeated last year’s winner NLIU Bhopal in the final round.. Jindal Global Law School and [[Symbiosis Law School, Pune finished semifinalists. GLC also won the best speaker and the best memorandum citations.

The GLC team consisted of speakers Raunak Shah, Riva Shah with researcher Niharika Chaturvedi and additional researcher Gathi Prakash. Best Speaker Riva Shah said: “The moot problem was drafted so well that during every round of the moot we were asked different questions on the same set of facts. The problem drafting was just amazing”. Speaking on the various approaches that judges in the final bench had towards the problem she said: “It was the best bench that I have faced. We had one Herbert Smith partner who had a pure commercial view to the problem, we had a Calcutta High Court judge who was more concerned with the legal aspects and we had an Oxford University professor who had an academic outlook to the problem.”

Shah told MPL as to how they had to adopt a different approach for each round. In the prelims, they were judged largely by ex-mooters. She said: “During the semifinals, we had High Court judges who only cared about procedure”.

16 teams participated in the moot. NUJS was awarded 2 MPL organiser points.

Surana Corp: NLSIU Bangalore v. Christ University

Christ University overcame NLSIU in the all-Bangalore final rounds of the Surana Corporate law moot. RMLNLU Lucknow and Symbiosis Law School, Noida finished semifinalists. Chahat Chawla from Christ won the best speaker award and NLSIU Bangalore won their 7th best memorandum citation this season.

Speakers Chahat Chawla and Ajay Kumar with researcher Roshil Nichani represented Christ University at the moot. Chawla said that the moot problem was very interesting as it was based on the Direct Tax Code instead of the Income Tax Act, which being repealed for the moot gave them few Indian precedents and they had to look outside.

Chawla said: “During the finals, we had Justice Shylendra Kumar who grilled us very well. The quarterfinal round against SVKM Mumbai and the semis against RMLNLU Lucknow were the most difficult rounds we faced during the moot.”

The number of teams participating in this Tier 4 moot peaked to 44 this season. Host law school JSS Law College, Mysore bagged 2 MPL organiser points.

KLA Moot: CLC v. NUJS

Campus Law Centre Delhi cruised past NUJS Kolkata in the final rounds of the Kerala Law Academy Moot. NLU Delhi and AKK New Law Academy, Pune finished as semifinalists. Amrutavarshini from School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore bagged the best speaker award and NLSIU Bangalore won best memorandum.

The CLC team consisted of speakers Vasudha Zutshi and Shruti Agarwal. Zutshi mentioned that the team had mixed reactions after the moot. “The organisers were a bit undecided about the rules and regulations of the moot. There was some confusion regarding the conduct of the pre-quarterfinal rounds,” she said. That apart, Zutshi stated that the moot was a satisfactory experience. owing to “fantastic” judging and good competition from other participants.

Agarwal said she liked arguing before Kerala High Court judges in the final round. “We didn’t expect them to grill us a lot, but it did make us think on our feet,” he said.

This Tier 4 moot saw participation from 40 teams across the country.

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 98 [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 95 [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 91 [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 NUJS Kolkata 64 [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);
6 RMLNLU Lucknow 53 [DMH] (best reseracher); [Surana Corp] (semis);KK Luthra (best memo); Stetson North (silver); Palkhivala (silver); Trial Adv North (semis);
7 ILS Pune 49 [GIMC] (best memo, best speaker, semis); KK Luthra (silver); Stetson South (best speaker); B.R. Sawhney (best speaker, semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
8 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 49 [Surana Corp] (gold, best speaker); [KLA] (best speaker); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (organiser); IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU Moot (organiser);
9 NLIU Bhopal 46 [NUJS-HS] (silver); [GIMC] (semis); Rizvi (silver, best speaker); NLIU-Juris Corp (organiser); SLCU Moot (gold); Raj Anand Moot (semis, best memo);
10 Nalsar Hyderabad 45 [DMH] (semis); Jessup South (semis); Oxford Media India rounds (semis);Dunant (gold); B.R. Sawhney (organiser);
11 GNLU Gandhinagar 44 [GIMC] (organiser); Jessup North (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best researcher, semis); B.R. Sawhney (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
12 HNLU Raipur 39 Jessup North (silver);Stetson North (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (best researcher); Palkhivala (best speaker, semis); [Hidayatullah (organiser); SLCU Moot (semis);
13 Campus Law Centre Delhi 38 [KLA] (gold); Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
14 SOEL Chennai 30 Jessup South (silver, best speaker); Stetson South (semis);Trial Adv South (best memo);
15 RGNUL Patiala 26 Jessup North (semis);[SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust] (semis); Stetson North (best speaker); Hidayatullah (semis); B.R. Sawhney (best memo);
16 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 24 [NUJS-HS] (semis); Rizvi (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best memo); IICLAM (semis);
17 Jindal Global Law School 23 [NUJS-HS] (semis); KK Luthra (semis); Dunant (best speaker, semis);
18 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 Stetson South (silver);
19 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 Stetson North (best memo);
20 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 NLIU-Juris Corp (silver);
21 CNLU Patna 5 Stetson North (semis);
21 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 Stetson South (semis);
21 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 Jessup South (semis);
24 NUALS Kochi 5 SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (silver);
25 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 [KLA] (semis);
25 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 4 [Surana Corp] (semis);
25 KLE Bangalore 4 IICLAM (semis);
28 ULC Bangalore 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
28 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 3 Trial Adv South (semis);
28 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 Hidayatullah (semis);
28 Guru Gobind University 3 Rizvi (semis);
32 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 [Surana Corp] (organiser);

Tier-wise stats

Pos Law school T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Org W R/u S/F B S B M/R HM Pts
1 NLSIU Bangalore 20 70 105 36 7 4 2 2 7 1 231
2 NLU Jodhpur 40 23 35 3 2 3 3 98
3 NLU Delhi 15 25 42 11 2 3 5 1 1 95
4 GLC Mumbai 20 51 20 2 1 1 3 2 91
5 NUJS Kolkata 16 46 2 1 3 4 1 3 64
6 RMLNLU Lucknow 20 10 20 3 2 2 2 53
7 ILS Pune 10 28 11 1 3 3 1 49
8 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 47 2 1 1 3 49
9 NLIU Bhopal 24 20 2 1 2 2 1 1 46
10 Nalsar Hyderabad 15 25 4 1 1 3 45
11 GNLU Gandhinagar 15 12 15 2 1 1 2 2 44
12 HNLU Raipur 27 8 3 1 1 3 1 1 39
13 Campus Law Centre Delhi 38 2 1 38
14 SOEL Chennai 25 5 1 1 1 1 30
15 RGNUL Patiala 15 11 3 1 1 26
16 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 16 8 3 2 24
17 Jindal Global Law School 15 8 3 1 23
18 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 1 10
19 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 1 10
20 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 1 8
21 CNLU Patna 5 1 5
21 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 1 5
21 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 1 5
24 NUALS Kochi 5 1 5
25 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 1 4
25 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 4 1 4
25 KLE Bangalore 4 1 4
28 ULC Bangalore 3 1 3
28 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 3 1 3
28 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 1 3
28 Guru Gobind University 3 1 3
32 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 2

Legend: T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 (total points won in each tier); Org (Organiser points); Pos (Position); W (Wins); R/u (Runner-ups); S/F- Semifinalist; Q/F (Quarter Finalist, applicable only for Tier 1 Moots); O/F (Octa Finalist, applicable only for Tier 1 Moots); B S(Best speaker); B M/R (Best Memorandum/Researcher); HM (Honorable Mention & other equivalent awards); Pts (Points)

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

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