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NLS Bangalore wins Manfred Lachs Asia; seals MPL 3 victory with 123-point lead

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NLSIU Bangalore defeated City University of Hong Kong in the finals of the Asia-Pacific rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law moot on Sunday.

NLSIU Bangalore also won the best memorandum award and took home a total of 50 points from this Tier 2 World Class Mooting Premier League (MPL) moot.

This is the ninth moot win and best memorandum citation for NLSIU Bangalore this season.

NLU Jodhpur and National University of Singapore finished semifinalists in the moot. A student from National University of Singapore won the award for the best speaker. In mid-April, NLSIU Bangalore had defeated Nalsar Hyderabad in the ISRO funding rounds of the moot.

With this final MPL 3 win, which was first reported on Legally India’s MPL Facebook page, NLSIU Bangalore leads the MPL 3 Season Standings with a massive 333 points followed by NLU Jodhpur with 215 points and Nalsar Hyderabad with 186 points.

The NLSIU team consisted of speakers Prem Ayyathurai and Viraj Parikh along with researcher Vinodini Srinivasan.

Ayyathurai said that the overall experience of the team was unexpectedly good. “We faced teams from Indonesia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong. Our semi-final round against National University of Singapore (NUS) was the toughest. They had a really good speaker and they were exceptional. But, we had a good memo. In a psychological sense, that round was the finals for us.

“Except for one round, the judging was good in every round. We were quite bored of practising our arguments and saying it again and again. It was worth all the effort when the judges asked us challenging questions.”

When asked about the secret of the NLSIU's mooting success this season, Ayyathurai emphasised the attitude of the NLSIU moot court society (MCS). “This year, we had an MCS which worked quite differently. They really cared about the performance of the teams. After the memorandum submissions in every moot, the MCS put efforts to contact our alumni and organise practice rounds. This personal involvement of the MCS resulted in increased practice sessions which helped us win moots.”

NLS Srinivasan, Parikh, and Ayyathurai (l. to r.) lift the funding round trophy
NLS Srinivasan, Parikh, and Ayyathurai (l. to r.) lift the funding round trophy
Ayyathurai also acknowledged the role of his seniors. “Our team consisted of first-time mooters and our seniors guided us well.”

The moot was held in Nalsar Hyderabad. Organisers Rahul Nikam and Prarthana confirmed the results and said that 18 teams participated in the moot.

These teams were shortlisted after a memorandum elimination scrutiny. Nalsar Hyderabad will not be awarded MPL organiser points as it participated in the moot.

Ayyathurai praised Nalsar's organising team. “We had five rounds on the first day and all the rounds started on time. The juniors from Nalsar who organised the moot very well.”

The win in Hyderabad means that NLSIU, which has led the MPL with only little contest for most of this season, has built its lead in top position in the MPL this year.

Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 338 [Man Lachs Asia] (gold, best memo); Jessup Intl rounds (hon men for team orals, hon men for 3rd best memo); ISRO Man Lachs (gold); NLS Arb (organisers); Oxford Media Intl rounds (best memo); 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 215 [Man Lachs Asia] (semis); NLS Arb (best memo); Stetson Intl rounds (gold, 5th best oralist, 9th best oralist); Vis (East) (hon men for respondent memo); Raisoni (gold, best speaker); NLU Antitrust (organiser); Amity moot (silver, best speaker, best researcher); Surana Tech (semis); 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 Nalsar Hyderabad 186 Vis Vienna (gold, hon men for oralist); ISRO Man Lachs (silver); NLS Arb (silver); Oxford Media Intl rounds (gold); Leiden - Sarin (best speaker); BCI - NLU Delhi (semis); NLU Antitrust (silver, best memo); BCI-Nirma (gold, best female speaker); DMH (semis); Jessup South (semis); Oxford Media India rounds (semis);Dunant (gold); B.R. Sawhney (organiser);
4 NLU Delhi 156 Jessup Intl rounds (hon men for team orals, hon men for 38th best oralist and 11th best memo); Oxford Media Intl rounds (semis); BCI - NLU Delhi (organisers); ULC moot (best male speaker, best female speaker); BCI-Nirma (semis); Surana Tech (semis); 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);
5 NUJS Kolkata 119 Vis Vienna (hon men for team orals, hon men for best resp memo); Vis (East) (hon men for claimant memo, hon men for respondent memo); NLU Antitrust (gold, best researcher); 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 GLC Mumbai 106 Amity moot (gold); 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);
7 ILS Pune 97 Vis Vienna (hon men for oralist, hon men for team orals, hon men for oralist); Pro Bono Enviro (best speaker); BCI - NLU Delhi (best female speaker); Surana Tech (silver); GIMC (best memo, best speaker, semis); KK Luthra (silver); Stetson South (best speaker); B.R. Sawhney (best speaker, semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
8 RMLNLU Lucknow 85 ISRO Man Lachs (best speaker, semis); Stetson Intl rounds (8th best oralist); Leiden - Sarin (gold, best applicant memo); DMH (best reseracher); Surana Corp (semis);KK Luthra (best memo); Stetson North (silver); Palkhivala (silver); Trial Adv North (semis);
9 NLIU Bhopal 77 NLS Arb (best speaker); Pro Bono Enviro (silver, best memo); NLU Antitrust (best speaker, semis); BCI-Nirma (semis); NUJS-HS (silver); GIMC (semis); Rizvi (silver, best speaker); NLIU-Juris Corp (organiser); SLCU Moot (gold); Raj Anand Moot (semis, best memo);
10 Jindal Global Law School 69 WTO Final rounds (best complainant memo, semis); NLS Arb (semis); ELSA Asian rounds (gold, best memo); [Pro Bono Enviro] (best researcher); ULC moot (gold); NUJS-HS (semis); KK Luthra (semis); Dunant (best speaker, semis);
11 Campus Law Centre Delhi 60 BCI - NLU Delhi (silver, best male speaker); Amity moot (semis); ULC moot (semis); KLA (gold); Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
12 GNLU Gandhinagar 60 Raisoni (silver); Frankfurt (hon men for best team in the Asian regional group); ELSA Asian rounds (best speaker); NLU Antitrust (semis); GIMC (organiser); Jessup North (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best researcher, semis); B.R. Sawhney (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
13 RGNUL Patiala 57 Raisoni (semis); Pro Bono Enviro (semis); Amity moot (best memo, semis); ULC moot (silver); Surana Tech (best memo); Jessup North (semis); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (semis); Stetson North (best speaker); Hidayatullah (semis); B.R. Sawhney (best memo);
14 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 52 Pro Bono Enviro (semis); Surana Corp (gold, best speaker); KLA (best speaker); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (organiser); IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU Moot (organiser);
15 SOEL Chennai 46 Pro Bono Enviro (organisers); BCI-Nirma (silver, best male speaker); Jessup South (silver, best speaker); Stetson South (semis);Trial Adv South (best memo);
16 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 40 NLS Arb (semis); BCI - NLU Delhi (semis); ULC moot (best memo); Surana Tech (organisers); NUJS-HS (semis); Rizvi (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best memo); IICLAM (semis);
17 HNLU Raipur 39 Jessup North (silver);Stetson North (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (best researcher); Palkhivala (best speaker, semis); [Hidayatullah (organiser); SLCU Moot (semis);
18 CNLU Patna 25 BCI - NLU Delhi (gold); Stetson North (semis);
19 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 23 Surana Tech (gold, best speaker);
20 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 14 Pro Bono Enviro (gold); Surana Corp (semis);
21 M. S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore 10 Vis Vienna (hon men for oralist);
22 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 Stetson South (silver);
23 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 Stetson North (best memo);
24 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 10 Amity (oraganisers); NLIU-Juris Corp (silver);
25 NUALS Kochi 10 Raisoni (best memo); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (silver);
26 KLE Bangalore 9 ULC moot (best researcher); IICLAM (semis);
27 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 8 Raisoni (semis); Stetson South (semis);
28 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 ULC moot (semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
29 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 Jessup South (semis);
30 MATS Law School, Raipur 5 Raisoni (best researcher);
31 Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur 4 ISRO Man Lachs (semis);
31 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 KLA (semis);
33 ULC Bangalore 4 ULC moot (organisers); SLCU Moot (semis);
34 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 Hidayatullah (semis);
34 Guru Gobind University 3 Rizvi (semis);
36 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 Surana Corp (organiser);
36 Nirma University 2 BCI-Nirma (organisers);

Legend: gold (winners); silver (runner-up); semis (semi-finalist); best memo (best memorandum); best researcher; best speaker; hon men (honourable mention); resp (respondent); organiser (organiser points)

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

Tier Wise Statistics

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 90 70 120 36 2 9 4 2 2 9 3 338
2 NLU Jodhpur 10 55 40 59 50 1 5 3 2 5 5 3 215
3 Nalsar Hyderabad 50 45 55 20 15 1 4 3 4 2 1 1 186
4 NLU Delhi 30 30 30 46 16 4 3 8 2 1 3 156
5 NUJS Kolkata 40 16 61 2 2 3 4 1 4 4 119
6 GLC Mumbai 20 66 20 3 1 1 3 2 106
7 ILS Pune 30 15 36 16 2 3 5 1 3 97
8 RMLNLU Lucknow 25 10 32 18 1 2 3 1 3 1 85
9 NLIU Bhopal 5 32 38 2 1 3 4 3 2 77
10 Jindal Global Law School 15 24 30 2 5 1 3 69
11 Campus Law Centre Delhi 15 42 3 2 1 2 2 60
12 GNLU Gandhinagar 15 12 31 2 1 2 3 1 2 1 60
13 RGNUL Patiala 15 20 22 1 6 1 3 57
14 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 47 3 2 1 1 1 3 52
15 SOEL Chennai 40 5 1 2 1 2 1 46
16 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 5 20 13 2 5 3 40
17 HNLU Raipur 27 8 3 1 1 3 1 1 39
18 CNLU Patna 25 1 1 25
19 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 23 1 1 23
20 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 4 10 1 1 14
21 M. S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore 10 1 10
22 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 1 10
23 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 1 10
24 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 2 1 10
25 NUALS Kochi 10 1 1 10
26 KLE Bangalore 4 5 1 1 9
27 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 3 2 8
28 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 2 6
29 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 1 5
30 MATS Law School, Raipur 5 1 5
31 Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur 4 1 4
31 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 1 4
33 ULC Bangalore 3 1 1 4
34 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 1 3
34 Guru Gobind University 3 1 3
36 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 2
36 Nirma University 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)

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