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NUJS trumps Nalsar in NLU Jodhpur Antitrust moot; Nalsar bests NLSIU in the Vis pre-moot

NUJS Kolkata defeated Nalsar Hyderabad in the final rounds of the NLU Antitrust moot. GNLU Gandhinagar and NLIU Bhopal finished semifinalists in the moot.

While Radhika from NLIU Bhopal bagged the best speaker award, Nalsar took home the best memorandum award. Abhijnan Jha from NUJS won the best researcher award.

The NUJS team consisted of speakers Nihal Joseph and Karan Talwar along with reseracher Abhijnan Jha. Joseph said that the team had a great overall experience. “It was a very good moot. The problem was extremely well-drafted. We had good judges and it was well organised.” Joseph added that the judges were extremely good throughout the moot. “We learnt a lot from the judges as the moot progressed. Their feedback was extremely helpful.”

He noted that the quarterfinal round against RMLNLU Lucknow and the finals against Nalsar were quite close, with the moot problem spanning a number of antitrust issues such as abuse of dominance, exclusive supply agreement and mergers. “We prepared for around three weeks. The problem was really tough. There were a lot of new issues.”

Joseph was also optimistic of NUJS Kolkata’s chances of making a late comeback in this mooting season. “I’m sure our teams will do well in the international moots.”

The moot was organised by NLU Jodhpur in association with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. Pranay Bagdi, Convener of the NLU Jodhpur Moot Court Committee confirmed the results and stated that 31 teams participated in the moot.

NLU Jodhpur was awarded MPL organiser points, as it did not participate in the moot.

This was NUJS Kolkata’s second antitrust moot win in this season, as it had also emerged victorious in the SLCU – CCI – LKS Antitrust moot held in January.

Indian Vis Pre-moot Nalsar beats NLSIU Bangalore

The Vis teams from Nalsar defeated their NLSIU Bangalore counterparts in the final rounds of the second Indian pre moot for the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot.

GNLU Gandhinagar and NLU Delhi finished semifinalists in the competition. Kunal Chaturvedi from GNLU was awarded the best speaker in the pre-moot.

The moot acted as a practice session for the teams participating in the Willem C. Vis Moot, Vienna and the Willem C. Vis (East), Hong Kong, which are premium Tier 1 moots in the MPL.

The premoot winning team consisted of speakers Jagdish Menezes and Ishita Bhardwaj along with researcher Ridhi Kabra who will represent Nalsar in the Vis Vienna moot this season. Menezes said: “The judging was great throughout the competition. We had a stud bench for the finals.”

A majority of ex-Vis mooters such as Mithun Thanks, Shraddha Deshmukh and Sneha Jain along with Rhodes scholar V Niranjan and arbitration author Anirudh Krishnan adjudged the final rounds of the pre-moot.

Menezes opined highly on the standards of the other teams which participated in the premoot. “They were very good. The judges also mentioned that the teams were good. We won by the skin of our teeth in the final rounds. It was very close.”

Menezes also stated that the Nalsar Vis team will not be doing any other pre-moot. “We will not be able to participate in other premoots mainly because of financial constraints. Vis is a very expensive moot and you have to pay for everything. It is not very cheap and that is why the Indian pre-moot is very important.”

Menezes said that the pre-moot experience gave his team a good chance to see what the other teams are doing. “I’ve done Manfred Lachs earlier where you have an India qualifying round in which you can see what other teams are doing. In Vis Vienna, you have around 287 teams participating out of which only 64 teams make the first cut. That is really scary because even if you win all your 4 prelim rounds, you may not make it. You have to be absolutely flawless. You have to win by huge margins to break at Vis.”

Menezes mentioned that the pre-moot win was quite a satisfying experience for him as this was his first arbitration moot. “We are not doing well in the MPL this season and we have to count on big international moots to make a comeback.”

The preemoot was jointly organised by Nalsar Hyderabad and NUJS Kolkata. Organiser Puneeth Nagaraj confirmed the results and said that 10 teams participated in the premoot. It was sponsored by Bharucha & Partners.

Unlike last year’s Vis pre-moot, there was no prize money awarded to the winning team this time.

Note: Amity moot results will be published shortly.

Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLSIU Bangalore 231 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 127 [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 NLU Delhi 109 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);
4 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);
5 Nalsar Hyderabad 80 [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);
6 NUJS Kolkata 79 [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);
7 NLIU Bhopal 59 [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);
8 ILS Pune 57 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);
9 RMLNLU Lucknow 53 DMH (best reseracher); Surana Corp (semis);KK Luthra (best memo); Stetson North (silver); Palkhivala (silver); Trial Adv North (semis);
10 RGNUL Patiala 51 [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);
11 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 49 Surana Corp (gold, best speaker); KLA (best speaker); SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (organiser); IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU Moot (organiser);
12 GNLU Gandhinagar 47 [NLU Antitrust] (semis); GIMC (organiser); Jessup North (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best researcher, semis); B.R. Sawhney (silver); Trial Adv North (gold);
13 SOEL Chennai 45 BCI-Nirma (silver, best male speaker); Jessup South (silver, best speaker); Stetson South (semis);Trial Adv South (best memo);
14 Campus Law Centre Delhi 45 [Amity moot] (semis); ULC moot (semis); KLA (gold); Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
15 HNLU Raipur 39 Jessup North (silver);Stetson North (semis); NLIU-Juris Corp (best researcher); Palkhivala (best speaker, semis); [Hidayatullah (organiser); SLCU Moot (semis);
16 Jindal Global Law School 33 ULC moot (gold); NUJS-HS (semis); KK Luthra (semis); Dunant (best speaker, semis);
17 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 31 ULC moot (best memo); Surana Tech (organisers); NUJS-HS (semis); Rizvi (best memo, semis); Palkhivala (best memo); IICLAM (semis);
18 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 23 Surana Tech (gold, best speaker);
19 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 Stetson South (silver);
20 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 Stetson North (best memo);
21 KLE Bangalore 9 ULC moot (best researcher); IICLAM (semis);
22 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 NLIU-Juris Corp (silver);
23 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 ULC moot (semis); Trial Adv South (semis);
24 CNLU Patna 5 Stetson North (semis);
24 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 Stetson South (semis);
24 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 Jessup South (semis);
27 NUALS Kochi 5 SLCU-LKS-CCI Antitrust (silver);
28 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 KLA (semis);
28 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 4 Surana Corp (semis);
30 ULC Bangalore 4 ULC moot (organisers); SLCU Moot (semis);
31 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 Hidayatullah (semis);
31 Guru Gobind University 3 Rizvi (semis);
33 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 Surana Corp (organiser);
33 Nirma University 2 BCI-Nirma (organisers);

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 70 105 36 7 4 2 2 7 1 231
2 NLU Jodhpur 40 51 35 1 3 3 1 4 4 127
3 NLU Delhi 15 30 46 16 2 3 7 2 1 109
4 GLC Mumbai 20 66 20 3 1 1 3 2 106
5 Nalsar Hyderabad 15 50 4 10 1 2 1 3 1 1 80
6 NUJS Kolkata 16 61 2 2 3 4 1 4 79
7 NLIU Bhopal 5 24 28 2 1 2 4 2 1 59
8 ILS Pune 10 36 11 2 3 3 1 57
9 RMLNLU Lucknow 20 10 20 3 2 2 2 53
10 RGNUL Patiala 15 20 16 1 4 1 3 51
11 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 47 2 1 1 3 49
12 GNLU Gandhinagar 15 12 18 2 1 1 3 2 47
13 SOEL Chennai 40 5 2 1 2 1 45
14 Campus Law Centre Delhi 42 3 2 2 1 45
15 HNLU Raipur 27 8 3 1 1 3 1 1 39
16 Jindal Global Law School 15 8 10 1 3 1 33
17 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 16 13 2 3 3 31
18 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 23 1 1 23
19 V M Salgaocar Law College, Goa 10 1 10
20 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 10 1 10
21 KLE Bangalore 4 5 1 1 9
22 Amity Law School IP University Delhi 8 1 8
23 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 6 2 6
24 CNLU Patna 5 1 5
24 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 1 5
24 Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Chennai 5 1 5
27 NUALS Kochi 5 1 5
28 AKK New Law Academy, Pune 4 1 4
28 Symbiosis Law School, Noida 4 1 4
30 ULC Bangalore 3 1 1 4
31 SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law 3 1 3
31 Guru Gobind University 3 1 3
33 J S S Law College, Mysore 2 2
33 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)

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.

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