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NLU Delhi slips in behind NLSIU powerhouse after Oxford Media & Stetson South regional moots

MPL 4: The home of Indian mooting
MPL 4: The home of Indian mooting

NLSIU Bangalore and NLU Delhi were the big winners, hauling in 40 and 30 Mooting Premier League (MPL) 4 points respectively over the last weekend of two big tier 3 qualifying moots: the Stetson South India and the Oxford Media Moot qualifiers to major international moots.

NLSIU thumped CNLU Patna in the finals of Stetson South India qualifying rounds while NLU Delhi bested NLSIU Bangalore in the Oxford Media Law Moot South Asian regional rounds that were held at NLU Delhi.

NLSIU, the current toppers of the MPL 4 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, cemented its lead after this weekend with 153 points.

NLU Delhi leapt into the runner up in the MPL rankings with 57 points just ahead of HNLU Raipur but faces a major gulf to catch up with NLSIU.

CNLU Patna, Kerala Law Academy, Trivandrum and VM Salgaoncar Goa premiered in the Mooting Premier League Season 4 rankings after this weekend.

Stetson South India Rounds: NLSIU v CNLU

Repeating last year’s performance, NLSIU won the Stetson South India qualifying rounds by defeating CNLU Patna in the finals held at NLU Cuttack in Orissa (NLUO) between 22 and 24 November, picking up 20 MPL points.

Both teams will now represent India in the international rounds of the moot. ILS Pune and VM Salgaoncar Goa were knocked out in the semi-final rounds of the competition but earned 5 MPL points.

The NLSIU winning team was made up of speakers Molshree Shrivastava, Nayanatara BG and researcher Anita Srinivasan. Aneesh S of Kerala Law Academy Trivandrum was awarded the title of best student advocate.

Nuals Kochi snatched the best memorandum and climbed to 14th position in the MPL from 25.

The event saw only 10 teams compete this year. The moot was live blogged by the host college, NLUO, which did not participate in the moot but will instead take part in the North India qualifiers at NLIU Bhopal later this month. It is therefore not eligible for MPL organiser points.

Note: Team MPL is considering downgrading the Stetson regional selection rounds in the next MPL season due to the low participation.

Oxford Media Law Moot South Asian Regional Rounds: NLU Delhi v NLSIU Bangalore

NLU Delhi grabbed gold again, as it did last year, at the Oxford Media Law Moot South Asia regional rounds held at NLU Delhi from 23 to 26 of November, which has been upgraded to Tier 3 of the MPL 4 after consultation with moot court committees (MCCs).

NLU Delhi defeated NLSIU Bangalore in the finals. NLU Delhi also won the best memorandum award while Dibyojyoti Mainak from NLSIU swiped the best speaker award.

This gave NLU Delhi and NLSIU a 30-point and 20-point haul respectively from this moot.

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and NLU Jodhpur lost out in the semi finals of the competition and gained 5 MPL points each.

NLU Delhi, NLSIU and JGLS qualified for the international rounds of the Price Media Law Moot that will be held in Oxford early next year.

The other qualifiers for the international rounds were University of Colombo and Lahore University of Management Sciences, because of the moot’s rule that at least three different South Asian countries must qualify for the international rounds.

The winning team of NLU Delhi consists of speakers Medha Vikram, Harshad Patak and researcher Divya Srinivasan.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be in the winning team of this moot and exciting, as we are qualified to participate in the international rounds of the moot,” Vikram told Legally India. “The rounds were really tough as we had four rounds in the prelims followed by the knock-out rounds. One good thing is that the judges threw a lot of questions that they clearly measured the depth of research and knowledge of law. The semi finals took about three hours. We were relaxed in the finals because even if it is a gold or a silver we would make it to the international rounds.”

Commenting on the problem, Vikram added: “It was the side rather than the opponent team that we found hard to crack. The problem was focused on privacy, social networking sites and how law is placed in a trauma while dealing with these issues. It was hard to justify the respondent side of the problem. Now that we have spotted our weak points we could work more on that area to launch the best of our performance at the international rounds.”

Vikram praised the support from the NLU Delhi college authorities and predicted that by the end of the season NLU Delhi, which has steadily been coming up in the MPL 4, would occupy the top spot.

The moot was by invitation only and hosted nine teams from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, alongside 18 Indian teams.

International law firm Herbert Smith is sponsoring the Mooting Premier League (MPL) and will contribute a prize pool of Rs 60,000 for the top three winning colleges.

Mooting Premier League 4 season standings

Pos Law school T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 Org W R/u S/F B S B M/R HM Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 100 40 13 3 1 2 2 153 [Rizvi Moot] (Semis); [Surana Trial Adv - South] (gold); [Manfred Lachs Space Moot World Rounds] (gold, best memo, best orator);[Stetson South India](gold);[Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Silver, Best orator)
2 NLU Delhi 50 4 3 1 2 2 1 57 [HMMCC (Semis)][Henry Dunant] (gold); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (organiser); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Semis); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Gold, best memo)
3 HNLU Raipur 8 47 1 1 2 3 3 55 Nani Palkhivala (Best Researcher); [Pro Bono] (Best team, Best speaker, Best researcher, Best memorial)
4 NUJS Kolkata 8 40 2 2 3 48 [HMMCC (Best team)(Best speaker)] [Nani Palkhivala (runners up)][BR Sawhney (Best peaker)][SLCU Moot (Gold, Best speaker)]
5 Jindal Global Law School 20 8 10 1 2 2 38 [Nani Palkhivala] (Best Memorial)][Henry Dunant] (best researcher, semis); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (gold); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Semis)
6 ILS Pune 5 15 10 1 1 1 1 30 [HMMCC] (Best researcher); [SLCU Moot] (silver); [NLIU Juris Corp] (gold); [Stetson South India](Semis)
7 Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia University 10 8 10 1 1 1 28 [Nani Palkhivala (Best speaker)][Henry Dunant (Best memo)Surana Trial adv-North (Silver, bet speaker)]
8 [[NLU Jodhpur 15 4 6 1 4 25 [Henry Dunant] (silver); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis); [B.R Sawhney Moot] (semis) ; [NLIU Juris Corp] (Semis); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers] (Semis)
9 Nalsar Hyderabad 8 15 1 1 1 1 23 [HMMCC (Runners up)] [Rizvi Moot] (Best team); [B.R Sawhney Moot] (organisers); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Speaker);
10 RGNUL Patiala 12 8 2 1 22 [Nani Palkhivala] (Semis); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (semis); B. R Sawhney Moot (runners up); [NLIU Juris Corp] (silver);
11 GNLU Gandhinagar 15 5 1 1 20 [Nani Palkhivala] (best team); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (Best team)
11 RMLNLU Lucknow 20 1 2 20 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (gold, best researcher); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (best memo);
13 GLC Mumbai 10 8 1 1 18 Henry Dunant (Best speaker)
14 NUALS Kochi 10 5 1 1 15 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (silver); [Stetson South] (Best memo)
14 ULC Bangalore 15 1 1 15 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (best memo);
16 NLIU Bhopal 6 8 1 2 1 14 [HMMCC (Semis)(Best memorial)] [Nani Palkhivala (semis)]; [NLIU Juris Corp] (Organizers);
17 Amity Law School Noida 13 1 1 1 13 [Rizvi Moot] (Semis, best speaker, best memorial)
17 NLU Orissa 8 5 2 13 [B.R Sawhney Moot] (Best Memorial); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Memorial);
19 CNLU Patna 10 1 10 [Stetson South] (Silver)
19 KLA, Trivandrum 10 1 10 [Stetson South] (Best orator)
19 Department of Law, North-Eastern Hill University 10 1 10 [Henry Dunant] (Best speaker);
19 KIIT School of Law 10 1 10 [B.R Sawhney Moot] (Winners) ;
23 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 8 1 1 8 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best memo, semis);
24 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 8 1 1 8 [SLCU Moot] (best memo, semis);
25 Nirma University 5 3 2 8 [Henry Dunant] (semis); [Pro Bono] {Semis};
26 Symbiosis, Pune 8 1 8 [NLIU Juris Corp] {Best Researcher}
27 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 2 6 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (semis); [Pro Bono] (Semis)
28 V.M. Salgaoncar, Goa 5 1 5 [Stetson South] (Semis)
29 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 1 5 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best speaker);
31 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 3 1 3 [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis);
32 Faculty of Law, IFHE Hyderabad 3 1 3 [SLCU Moot] (semis);
33 Campus Law Centre. Delhi 3 1 3 [B.R Sawhnhey Moot] (semis);
34 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 1 1 [SLCU Moot] (organiser);
35 Rizvi Law College 1 1 1 Rizvi Moot (organisers)
36 SOEL Chennai 1 1 1 Pro Bono (organisers)

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook, to be amended to upgrade Oxford Media Moot domestic rounds.

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