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NLSIU makes it to finals of Jessup, world cup of mooting, eventually losing out to Australia [UPDATE-1: Comment]

NLSIU makes history again by getting India into finals again, for first time since 2013NLSIU makes history again by getting India into finals again, for first time since 2013

A team from NLSIU Bangalore has made it to finals of the most prestigious moot in the world, the Jessup, where it eventually lost to the University of Queensland, Australia.

The dream run of NLSIU’s Nikita Garg, Bhavesh Seth, Saarthak Jain and Isha Jain ended early this morning Indian time, after finals began at 11:30pm last night.

And NLS’ Isha Jain won best oralist in the final too, according to a Legally India commenter.

Update 18:38: Jain told us: “Everything about the international rounds is intimidating.

“We competed against outstanding orators, were judged by some of the most accomplished experts in the field, and finally got to argue before judges of the International Court of Justice with hundreds in audience.

“The experience was overwhelming, and has certainly honed our lawyering skills in a way that nothing else in law school does.”

According to NLSIU’s official student-run Facebook page:

India reached the finals of the mooting world cup, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2018. Isha Jain received the best oralist award. Over 500 teams across various countries participated in the world rounds held at Washington DC. The more that is said about this achievement is less.

Indian teams have always done exceptionally well not just at this particular competition, regularly breaking in the top 32, but generally at all moots at the world stage, winning several of them between them, every year, year after year. None of these Indian universities feature even in the top 100 law schools across the world. But to hell with these rankings, they aren’t designed to take into account small ecosystems with annual intake of only about 100-150 bright individuals, juggling with minimal resources.

We all got 99 problems but churning out extremely talented individuals doing remarkable work ain’t one of them. This win does not just belong to NLSIU, but it belongs to every Indian law student. This one’s for all of us!

Here’s a short celebratory video of students rejoicing the victory together at 2 AM, watching, cheering and taking pride at this stupendous performance.

See our live blog for more updates and details from the competition, which saw four Indian teams in the advanced rounds of the last 32: GNLU Gandhinagar, NUJS Kolkata, NLIU Bhopal and NLS.

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Like +21 Object -1 Noojie 08 Apr 18, 10:12  interesting  top rated
Brilliant performance from the NLSIU team! We shouted ourselves hoarse in their support throughout the semis and the finals. All the four Indian teams this time around were very good indeed.
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Like +14 Object -0 MNLU 08 Apr 18, 11:29  interesting  top rated
very heartwarming message by the NLS page.
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Like +0 Object -0 Scooter- 09 Apr 18, 09:31

UQ seems to be quite the powerhouse at mooting. This is atleast their 2nd Jessop win.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 09 Apr 18, 10:49
3rd. They are now top-5 in the overall Jessup record. Though, still some way to go till they catch sight of NUS and their 11 finals!
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Like +0 Object -0 Yeay! 10 Apr 18, 16:55
Scooter's back!
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Like +4 Object -0 Bancroft 09 Apr 18, 11:15
Was there any sandpaper involved?
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Like +4 Object -1 Mohanlal 10 Apr 18, 10:34
NLS Prof Vijay Kumar to be NLIU Director
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Like +1 Object -0 Curious Hurious 18 Jun 18, 15:26
Hey, Kian! When can we expect an update to the MPL? It's been more than two months now without any developments. Pretty sure a lot of moots have happened in the interim, and even before April that haven't been accounted for yet.
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Like +0 Object -0 Mistborn 18 Jun 18, 17:21
Sponsorship raised wasn't enough to cover the whole season.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guesto 15 Aug 18, 21:15
This is all thanks to the good guidance of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar.
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