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MPL 2, Moot 2: HNLU Raipur bests NLU Delhi youngsters to win Henry Dunant

Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2
Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2

HNLU Raipur emerged victorious in the Tenth Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition, which concluded in New Delhi late yesterday (12 September). Young law school NLU Delhi finished as the runner-up.

The two semi-finalists were NLIU Bhopal and Nirma Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad. NLIU Bhopal bagged the Best Memorandum Award whereas Venu Nanavati from Nirma Institute of Law was adjudged Best Speaker of the moot.

The moot was organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL). The problem was based on International Humanitarian Law.

“Students came in with a lot of hard work. It was very difficult for the judges to give a clear mandate and it was a very close contest,” said Vinay Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor, ICRC Centre for International Humanitarian Law, ISIL.

He said that 55 teams participated in this year’s competition.

Add details on Legallypedia about the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition.

MPL Moots: Version 2.02

We have made several changes to the moot court competitions and scoring criteria for MPL Season 2.

This new list of Moots contains considerable changes in the Tier System and the Scoring Criteria. A new fifth tier has been included to balance the moots in the other tiers. Also, some exceptional International Mooting Competitions (like ELSA WTO Moot, Frankfurt Arbitration, etc) see abysmal Indian participation, which is unfair to other participants in the MPL. Therefore, instead of excluding them from the MPL, we have demoted them to lower tiers to ensure fairness.

The list will be frozen soon depending on your comments.

If you disagree with our selection, let us know in the comments below, or the Legallypedia MPL2 page or the new special MPL Forum (NOW preferred, rather than later when the MPL is almost over!)

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Provisional list of moots to be included in MPL 2:

As you can see it’s bigger and hopefully even better than last year.

Tier 1 – Global Championships

These include the world finals most prestigious moot court competitions in the world and other world contests involving rigorous competition and wide participation

Tier 2 – World Class

These are the widely recognised international mooting events where a substantial number of Indian teams participate. These moots enjoy worldwide reputation among law students.

Tier 3 – Elite Class

These mooting events are the best of the elite national contests and some of them are the gateway to the Global Championships/World-class moots in the above tiers.

Tier 4 – National Challengers

Most of the contests in this Tier see participation from the top Indian Law Schools. A large number of them have also carved a niche for themselves in the national mooting scene. It also includes the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, which is prestigious but only three Indian teams participated in last year’s Asian selection rounds.

Tier 5 - Best of the Rest

A varied tier that includes good domestic competitions that a range of Indian law schools take part, as well as prestigious international competitions that see only little Indian law school participation.

Tier 5: Domestic

Tier 5: International

These moots are internationally prestigious but only currently see limited participation, and are therefore counted on par with Tier 5 moots. This recognises that winning such a competition is noteworthy but that it would not be fair to disadvantage colleges that could not afford to attend these. For example, only three Indian teams participated in ELSA Asian rounds last year, ICC Mediation Paris saw only 4 Indian teams, Frankfurt International Arbitration only three Indian teams, Maritime International Arbitration in Sydney only two Indian teams, and Oxford IPR saw only two to three Indian teams last year.

Scoring criteria

Category/Tiers Tier 1 - Global Championships Tier 2 - World Class Tier 3 - Elite Class Tier 4 - National Challengers Tier 5 - Best of the Rest (Int’l & Domestic)
Best team 40 points 30 points 20 points 15 points 10 points
Runners-up 35 points 25 points 15 points 10 points 7 points
Best Orator / Memorial / Researcher 30 points each 20 points each 10 points each 7 points each 5 points each
Semi finalists 25 points 15 points 10 points 7 points 5 points
Quarter Finalists 20 points (except Lachs) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Octa Finalists 15 points (except Lachs) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Honourable Mention/Other equivalent awards 10 points 5 points N/A N/A Int’l Moots only: 3 points
Number of competitions 4 4 8 13 20
Total possible points for winners 160 120 160 195 200
Total points for runners-up 140 100 120 130 140

Look through the list and decide whether you agree with the rankings.

  1. Do you agree with the scoring criteria? Should more points be given for a tier, or less points?
  2. Think of some catchy names to call each tier and let us know!
  3. Get mooting!

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