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NLU-J defeats Newcastle to clinch winner's title at KK Luthra Moot, 3rd place in MPL

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

An NLU Jodhpur team comprising of speakers Pranjal Mehta, Ashwin Mishra and researcher Naseeruddin defeated a team from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK at the 2013 edition of the KK Luthra Memorial Criminal Law Moot last weekend.

NLU J has now consolidated its position in 3d place in the Mooting Premier League (MPL) 4 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills

This year’s competition saw the participation of 60 teams, both national and international and was held at Campus Law Centre, New Delhi on Sunday 20 January 2013.

The best memo was won by a team from HNLU Raipur consisting of Apoorva Neral, Kamini Jaiswal and Peeyuse Prakhar.

Akansha Mahapatra of NUJS Kolkata won the best speaker award.

Both universities have added 8 points each to their tally: HNLU has now reached fourth place of the MPL table with 57 points, but only a single point separates it from NUJS in fifth place with 56 points.

The runner-up team from Northumbria consisted of Benjamin Crystal, Matthew Windle and Natalie Bernal. The other semi-finalists were from NLSIU Bangalore and Campus Law Centre Delhi, who were fighting on home turf.

Campus Law Centre has now opened its account in the MPL at 33rd place with 4 points. NLSIU also earned 4 points to take its total to 157 and has retained its place at the top of the table.

Pranjal Mehta, one of the team members from the winning team told Legally India: “It was a very rewarding experience. We had to face 60 teams. When we faced Northumbria University, it was the first time we were opposite an international team.”

She also praised the quality and versatility of the judges at the competition, “Each bench had something different to offer, and had its own quality.”

Practicing advocates acted as judges for the prelims and quarters, senior advocates for the semi-finals and three sitting judges of the Delhi High Court comprised the bench for the Finals.

When asked about the quality of the other teams, she said: “In a holistic sense , our most challenging opponents were NALSAR and Campus Law Centre, it was a close call with both in terms of research and speaking skills.”

In other mooting news, NLSIU liveblogged the NLS–TIOL Tax Moot here. Team MPL is considering including it in the next edition of the MPL. This year’s winner was HNLU Raipur and the runner-up was NLU Delhi.

Note: The previous table contained some errors in addition. We’ve corrected the figures and our spreadsheet to avoid such errors in future. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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

PosLaw schoolT1T2T3T4T5OrgWR/uS/FB SB M/RHMPtsDetails
1 NLSIU Bangalore 100 40 4 13 3 1 1 2 2 157 [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);[KK Luthra Criminal Law Moot ]] (Semifinalists)
2 NLU Delhi 90 4 6 1 3 3 1 101 [HMMCC (Semis)][Henry Dunant] (gold); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (organiser); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Semis); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers](Gold, best memo);[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds](semis); [Stetson North Rounds] (Runners Up) (Best Orator)], Jessup North (win)
3 NLU Jodhpur 30 19 21 2 1 5 2 70 [Henry Dunant] (silver); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (semis); [B.R Sawhney Moot] (semis) ; [NLIU Juris Corp] (Semis); [Oxford Media Law National Qualifiers] (Semis);[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Winners) (Best Speaker)], Jessup North (semis, best speaker);[KK Luthra] (Winners)
4 HNLU Raipur 10 16 41 1 2 2 1 4 68 Nani Palkhivala (Best Researcher); [Pro Bono] (Runner's Up, Best speaker, Best researcher, Best memorial) [Rizvi Moot] (silver) [Justice Hidayatullah Moot] (organizer) [Stetson North Rounds] (Best Memorial); Surana Trial North East (winner, best orator) [KK Luthra] (Best Memorial)
5 NUJS Kolkata 16 40 2 2 4 56 [HMMCC (Best team)(Best speaker)] [Nani Palkhivala (runners up)][BR Sawhney (Best speaker)][SLCU Moot (Gold, Best speaker)]; Surana Trial North East: (runner-up); [KK Luthra] (Best Speaker)
6 RMLNLU Lucknow 30 20 1 2 2 50 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (gold, best researcher); [Surana Trial Adv - North] (best memo);[Stetson North Rounds] (winners), Jessup North (runner-up)
7 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)
8 Nalsar Hyderabad 8 25 1 1 1 1 2 34 [HMMCC (Runners up)] [Rizvi Moot] (Best team); [B.R Sawhney Moot] (organisers); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Speaker);[FDI Moot (Best Memorial)];[Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Best Memo);
9 ILS Pune 5 15 10 1 1 1 1 30 [HMMCC] (Best researcher); [SLCU Moot] (silver); [NLIU Juris Corp] (gold); [Stetson South India](Semis)
10 GNLU Gandhinagar 5 15 8 1 1 1 28 [Nani Palkhivala] (best team); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (Best team);[FDI Moot] (Honourable Mention);Jessup North (semis)
11 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)]
12 [[RGNUL Patiala 16 5 2 1 21 [Nani Palkhivala] (Semis); [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (semis); B. R Sawhney Moot (runners up); [NLIU Juris Corp] (silver);
13 CNLU Patna 20 1 1 20 [Stetson South] (Silver), Jessup North (best memo)
14 GLC Mumbai 10 8 1 1 19
15 NUALS Kochi 10 5 1 1 15 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (silver); [Stetson South] (Best memo)
16 ULC Bangalore 15 1 1 15 [NLU Delhi Corp Moot] (best memo);[Pro-bono Enviro Moot (Winners)
17 NLIU Bhopal 4 8 1 2 1 13 [HMMCC (Semis)(Best memorial)] [Nani Palkhivala (semis)]; [NLIU Juris Corp] (Organizers);
18 Nirma University 10 3 2 13 [Henry Dunant] (semis); [Pro Bono] Semis;[Stetson North Rounds] (semis)
19 NLU Orissa 8 5 2 13 [B.R Sawhney Moot] (Best Memorial); [NLIU Juris Corp] (Best Memorial);
20 Amity Law School Noida 13 1 1 1 13 [Rizvi Moot] (Semis, best speaker, best memorial);
21 KLA, Trivandrum 10 1 10 [Stetson South] (Best orator)
22 Department of Law, North-Eastern Hill University 10 1 10 [Henry Dunant] (Best speaker);
23 KIIT School of Law 10 1 10 [B.R Sawhney Moot] (Winners) ;
24 Amity Law School,Delhi 5 3 2 8 [Commonwealth Moot] (semis) [Stetson North Rounds] (semis)
25 Symbiosis, Pune 8 1 8 [NLIU Juris Corp] Best Researcher
26 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 8 1 1 8 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best memo, semis);
27 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 8 1 1 8 [SLCU Moot] (best memo, semis);
28 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 2 6 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (semis); [Pro Bono] (Semis)
29 V.M. Salgaoncar, Goa 5 1 5 [Stetson South] (Semis)
30 A K K New Law Academy, Pune 5 1 5 [Commonwealth Moot National Rounds] (Runner's Up)
31 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 1 5 [Surana Trial Adv - South] (best speaker);
32 Lucknow University Faculty of Law 5 1 5 [Surana Trial Adv - North East: memo
33 Campus Law Centre, New Delhi 4 1 4 [KK Luthra] (Semifinalists)

For more information please refer to the MPL 4 rulebook.

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