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NLIU Bhopal organises virtual Vis practice moots with US & Canadian law schools ahead of All India Moot Organisers conference

NLIU Bhopal recently organised internal practice moots for the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot with Arizona State University, USA & Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada through video conferencing.

Bishen Jeswant, the student convener of the NLIU moot court committee, said that the sessions were a good learning experience for the Vis participants from NLIU. “The teams not only benefited from the exposure, but also got to witness different styles of speaking, at the pace and diction with which western Universities speak. It was a good way to improve the quality of research, and also ensure that we are on the right track, because we get to hear about the arguments used by teams from other countries.”

Jeswant added that the practice sessions were in line with the theme of the recently announced All India Moot Organisers Conference hosted by NLIU Bhopal. “One of the items on the agenda of the conference is to improve India's performance at international moots through organised and systematic pre-moots. We have been doing our bit during the past month through the novel initiative of setting up video conference sessions with foreign teams to improve our performance at international moots.”

The sessions were held late in the evening because of the more than 10-hour time difference between India and North America. “We had been in touch with these universities since July last year in order to make these sessions possible. Also, the audio and video were fantastic, with minimal lag, and it was like arguing in the same room,” said Jeswant.

The All India Moot Organisers Conference is scheduled to kick off on March 24, 2012. The conference aims to rethink and standardise the existing moot formats in India.

The conference also aims at bringing transparency in the Indian mooting arena by proposing uniform marking criteria for judges and a regular annual mooting calendar. Jeswant said that between 10 and 15 colleges had already registered for the conference and added: “We are still waiting for participation confirmations from many top national law schools in the country.”

Legally India is the official media partner of the event.

Invitation and notes

  • The Convenor and Co-Convenor (or the 2 seniormost members, by whatever designation known) of each University’s Moot Court Association (or Moot Committee by whatever name known) are invited. If the Convener/Co-Convener are unable to attend the Conference, another representative(s) may be nominated to represent the University.
  • Accommodation will be provided to 2 members from each University (23rd evening to 26th morning)
  • All meals will be provided to all the members at the Conference
  • Pick up and Drop facility to and from the station/airport will be provided.
  • Each University is encourage to make a presentation (using a ppt if you so wish) elaborating their ideas and views. Kindly note that the presentation is purely optional.
  • An All Star Moot Round involving experienced champion mooters from the past is also planned.
  • Certificates and mementos acknowledging their role in this event will be awarded to all participants of the Conference.


The process of registration is very simple. The Convener/Co Convener (or their nominated representatives) have to simply send an email to conveying their intention to participate in the Conference. Subsequently, the travel plans should be sent it as soon as possible. We recommend you book your tickets well in advance to avoid last minute hassles.

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