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Symbi wins Kerala-LA moot | NLU-J to fight in ICC quarters | Indian teams bested at DMH, GIMC | NUJS MPL 3rd

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

Slim pickings for Indian teams this mooting weekend, as none managed to beat their foreign rivals in Mumbai and Gandhinagar. But Symbiosis won its first MPL 4 moot in Kerala, and NLU Jodhpur will face Vanderbilt Law School from the US this afternoon in the quarter finals of the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition [Check official ICC Twitter feed for live updates]

Update: NLU Jodhpur lost to Vanderbilt, meaning all Indian teams are now out of the ICC mediation competition.

Kerala Law Academy Moot (Symbiosis Pune v. NLU Delhi)

Symbiosis Law School Pune won against NLU Delhi in the finals of the Kerala Law Academy (KLA) moot held from 7 to 9 February. With the win Symbiosis bagged its first gold of MPL Season 4 and jumped to 13th place from 26th.

NLSIU Bangalore and HNLU Raipur finished as semifinalists in the moot.

The winning Symbiosis team consisted of speakers Neeati Narayan, Shayan Das Gupta and researcher Indraneel Gunjal.

The members of the NLU Delhi team were Parul Sharma, Paramavir Singh and Vinay Pilania. The best speaker award was grabbed by Prateek Mahajan of UILS Punjab and Dhatri KS of Nuals Kochi was awarded best female speaker.

However, points are only awarded for the best speaker citation, because female speakers are also eligible to win that category.

Nuals Kochi took home the MPL points for the best memorandum.

Symbi winners: Neeati Narayan, Shayan Dasgupta, Indraneel Gunjal
Symbi winners: Neeati Narayan, Shayan Dasgupta, Indraneel Gunjal
Symbiosis’ Narayan was thrilled about her win: “I’m very happy about this victory. In fact this is the second moot that I’m doing and the second moot I’m winning. We really worked for more than a month and had made thorough preparation for the moot.”

“The quality of judging should be really appreciated. The judges we had in the finals were the best I’ve ever come across. All our opponents were very tough to crack and the rounds we had with JamiaMilia was the toughest. The organisers deserve a special mention because I find that the moot was such a success as a result of the students’ effort.”

A. Sreehari the convener of the moot commented that “the moot was good and fruitful and another successful edition with a bunch of very talented teams”.


National University of Singapore (NUS) won this year’s edition of the GNLU International Moot Court Competition against NLSIU Bangalore, taking the Indian college to over 200 points for the first time this MPL season.

A total of 42 teams participated in the competition between 7 and 10 February from India and abroad at GNLU Gandhinagar, competing about a trade dispute between two nations over products containing toxic levels of lead.

National University of Singapore’s Teo Christin won the overall best speaker tropy, and the award for the best written submission went to the team from GLC Mumbai. The other semi-finalists were RMNLU Lucknow and Amity Law School Delhi (IP University).

NLSIU Bangalore, with this performance, has completed its double century in this year’s edition of the Mooting Premier League (MPL) sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. NLSIU gained 8 MPL points taking its tally with its KLA points to a whopping 209 points, continuing to sit at the top of the MPL 4 table.

GLC Mumbai also gained 8 points, taking it to ninth position from its previous 10th. Amity Law School Delhi (IP University) moved up three places to the 22nd position with 4 points, and is now right behind its sister institute Amity Law School Noida in 21st.

GNLU earned 2 points as the GIMC Moot organiser, climbing one spot to 11th.

The moot was liveblogged by GNLU’s Aiswarya Mohapatra and Arvind Ravindranath.

GLC Mumbai, DM Harish International Moot (Valparaiso v. New York University)

ILS Pune and NUJS Kolkata lost out in the semi finals of the DM Harish Memorial International Moot.

However, RGNUL Patiala won the best memorandum award and Zubin Dash of NUJS Kolkata was the best orator of the moot.

NUJS climbed to third position in the MPL rankings from fifth with its citations in GLC World Class Tier 2 moot.

Valparaiso beat New York University in the finals of the competition. The Valparaiso team comprised of Megan Ieffelman, Katherina Walker and Lakshmi Jayanthi.

The moot consisted of five rounds: the preliminary round was followed by octa finals, quarters, semis and finals. According to the competition rules, the 16 teams that qualified for the octa-finals of this edition will have an automatic confirmation of their slot the next time the moot is held.

This year, the DM Harish moot saw a total participation of 26 teams and was liveblogged on Legally India by the organising committee.

Kerala Law Academy and GLC Mumbai are not eligible for MPL organiser points as both colleges also participated in the moot.

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 80 16 13 3 1 3 2 2 209 (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) ; Jessup South Rounds (Winners)(Best Memo)(Best Speaker);GNLU International Moot (Runners up); Kerala Law Academy (semis)
2 NLU Delhi 90 12 6 1 3 1 3 1 109 (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); Kerala Law Academy (silver)
3 NUJS Kolkata 35 16 40 2 2 1 5 91 (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); DM Harish (semis)
4 HNLU Raipur 10 20 41 1 2 2 1 1 4 72 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); Kerala Law Academy (semis)
5 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)
6 RMLNLU Lucknow 30 4 20 1 2 2 54 (NLU Delhi Corp Moot) (gold, best researcher); (Surana Trial Adv - North) (best memo);(Stetson North Rounds) (winners), Jessup North (runner-up);GNLU International Moot (semifinalists)
7 ILS Pune 15 5 15 10 1 1 2 1 45 (HMMCC) (Best researcher); (SLCU Moot) (silver); (NLIU Juris Corp) (gold); (Stetson South India)(Semis); DM Harish (semis)
8 RGNUL Patiala 20 16 5 2 1 1 41 (Nani Palkhivala) (Semis); (NLU Delhi Corp Moot) (semis); B. R Sawhney Moot (runners up); (NLIU Juris Corp) (silver);
9 Nalsar Hyderabad 5 8 25 1 1 1 1 2 39 (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); Jessup South (Semifinalists)
10 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)
11 GLC Mumbai 20 16 1 36 (Henry Dunant) (Best Speaker);(Surana Trial Advocacy South) (Runners Up) (NLU Delhi Corp Law Moot) (Semifinalist); Jessup South Rounds (Runners Up); GNLU International Moot (Best Memo)
12 GNLU Gandhinagar 5 15 8 2 1 1 1 30 (Nani Palkhivala) (best team); (NLU Delhi Corp Moot) (Best team);(FDI Moot) (Honourable Mention);Jessup North (semis)
13 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)
14 NUALS Kochi 10 8 5 1 2 23 (NLU Delhi Corp Moot) (silver); (Stetson South) (Best memo); Kerala Law Academy (memo)
15 Symbiosis, Pune 23 1 1 23 (NLIU Juris Corp) Best Researcher; Kerala Law Academy (gold)
16 CNLU Patna 20 1 1 20 (Stetson South) (Silver), Jessup North (best memo)
17 ULC Bangalore 15 1 1 15 (NLU Delhi Corp Moot) (best memo);(Pro-bono Enviro Moot (Winners)
18 Nirma University 10 3 2 13 (Henry Dunant) (semis); (Pro Bono) Semis;(Stetson North Rounds) (semis)
19 SVKM's Pravin Gandhi College of Law 5 8 1 1 13 (SLCU Moot) (best memo, semis); Jessup South (Semifinalists)
20 NLU Orissa 8 5 2 13 (B.R Sawhney Moot) (Best Memorial); (NLIU Juris Corp) (Best Memorial);
21 NLIU Bhopal 4 8 1 2 1 13 HMMCC (Semis)(Best memorial); (Nani Palkhivala (semis); NLIU Juris Corp (Organizers);
22 Amity Law School Noida 13 1 1 1 13 (Rizvi Moot) (Semis, best speaker, best memorial);
23 Amity Law School,Delhi (IP University) 5 4 3 2 12 (Commonwealth Moot) (semis) (Stetson North Rounds) (semis) GNLU International Moot (Semifinalists)
24 KLA, Trivandrum 10 1 10 (Stetson South) (Best orator)
25 Department of Law, North-Eastern Hill University 10 1 10 (Henry Dunant) (Best speaker);
26 KIIT School of Law 10 1 10 (B.R Sawhney Moot) (Winners) ;
27 School of Legal Studies, CUSAT Kochi 8 1 1 8 (Surana Trial Adv - South) (best memo, semis);
28 UILS Punjab 8 1 8 Kerala Law Academy (best speaker)
29 School of Law, Sastra University, Thanjavur 0 6 2 6 (Surana Trial Adv - South) (semis); (Pro Bono) (Semis)
30 V.M. Salgaoncar, Goa 5 1 5 (Stetson South) (Semis)
31 A K K New Law Academy, Pune 5 1 5 (Commonwealth Moot National Rounds) (Runner's Up)
32 New Law College, Bharti Vidayapeeth University, Pune 5 1 5 (Surana Trial Adv - South) (best speaker);
33 Lucknow University Faculty of Law 5 1 5 (Surana Trial Adv - North East: memo
34 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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