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KIIT, NLU-O take MPL 5 lead after BCI, Surana wins, ahead of Henry Dunant winner Jodhpur

KIIT Bhubaneshwar and NLU Orissa are leading twelve law schools that have opened their Mooting Premiere League (MPL) season 5 accounts with wins and citations in the Henry Dunant India rounds, the Surana Information Technology (IT) moot and the Bar Council of India (BCI) moot.

Bhubaneshwar shot to the top with 40 points from the tier 3 BCI moot. Orissa won the best team and best memorial citations at the tier 4 Surana IT moot amassing 23 points and marginally trumping the Tier 3 Elite Class Henry Dunant winner NLU Jodhpur in overall points.

Aishvary Vikram, Navneet Sahay and Nitesh Ranjan made up the winning team from KIIT. Orissa speakers Anshu Bansal and Parul Pareek and researcher Nidhi Jaiswal won Surana. NLU Jodhpur’s speakers Prakhar Bhardwaj and Priyadarshini Rao and researcher Arundhati Venkatraman were the winners of Dunant.

Rao, who argued on Dunant’s compromis which had a mix of international humanitarian law and human rights law, said: “The usual pattern of the moot has two [mooters defending] two charges [in all] – one on crimes against humanity and the other is a war crime. This time two persons were facing four charges in the same amount of time and memorial space, and there were 54 teams. So it was very challenging.”

“There was some ambiguity in interpreting one of the charges so there was a lot of learning in seeing how different colleges argued those charges,” she added.

The season opening rankings from Dunant, BCI and Surana are depicted in the table below. NLU Delhi and Seedling School are tied at sixth place while GLC Mumbai and Nuals Kochi are tied at eighth place in the MPL sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills.

MPL 4 winner NLSIU Bangalore currently sits third from the bottom rank.

Note: We are currently finalising MPL 5 details, including the list of moots that should be part of the MPL 5. Please email with any particular requests or suggestions.

At a glance

Law SchoolAwardScore
NLU Jodhpur Henry Dunant (Best team) T3 20
JGLS Sonepat Henry Dunant (Runners up) T3 10
NLU Delhi Henry Dunant (Best memorial) T3 10
NLSIU Bangalore – Kaustav Shah Henry Dunant (Best advocate) T3 10
Nuals Kochi – Mohammed Kamran Henry Dunant (Best researcher) T3 10
GLC Mumbai – Kratika Chaturvedi Henry Dunant (Best researcher) T3 10
NLU Orissa Surana IT (Best team) T4 + Surana IT (Best memorial) T4 15 + 8 = 23
RGNUL Patiala Surana IT (Runners up) T4 8
GNLU Gandhinagar Surana IT (Best advocate) T4 8
KIIT University Bhubaneshwar; Aishvary Vikram BCI moot (Best team) T3 + BCI moot (Best mooter – male) + BCI moot (Best memorial) 20 + 10 + 10 = 40
NLIU Bhopal; Aparna Raturi BCI moot (Runners up) T3 + BCI moot (Best mooter – female) 10 + 10 = 20
Seedling School of Law & Governance Jaipur BCI moot (Best memorial) T3 10

MPL 5 Season Standings

PosLaw schoolT1T2T3T4T5OrgWR/uS/FB SB M/RHMPtsDetails
1 KIIT Bhubaneshwar     40       1     1 1   40 BCI moot (Best team) + BCI moot (Best mooter – male) + BCI moot (Best memorial)
2 NLU Orissa       23     1       1   23 Surana IT (Best team) + Surana IT (Best memorial)
3 NLU Jodhpur     20       1           20 Henry Dunant (Best team)
4 NLIU Bhopal     20         1     1   20 BCI moot (Runners up) + BCI moot (Best mooter – female)
5 JGLS Sonepat     10         1         10 Henry Dunant (Runners up)
6 NLU Delhi     10               1   10 Henry Dunant (Best memorial)
6 Seedling School of Law & Governance     10               1   10 BCI moot (Best memorial
7 NLSIU Bangalore     10             1     10 Henry Dunant (Best advocate)
8 Nuals Kochi     10               1   10 Henry Dunant (Best researcher)
8 GLC Mumbai     10               1   10 Henry Dunant (Best researcher)
9 RGNUL Patiala       8       1         8 Surana IT (Runners up)
10 GNLU Gandhinagar       8           1     8 Surana IT (Best advocate)
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