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World Trade Institute partners with Gujarat National Law University for Moot court competition.

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Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar is organizing the 2nd GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC) from February 3-7, 2010. The first edition was organized in 2009 from April 2-5 and was appreciated by all concerned. This year’s edition promises to be even better and bigger than the previous one.

The theme of the competition is International Trade Law. Last year the moot problem dealt with national security, breach of privacy and trade between countries, while this year’s moot problem deals with climate change and trade. In spite of the fact the disputes in the moot problem are arising through a Regional Trade Agreement and are primarily trade disputes, the forum of adjudication is International Court of Justice, making the entire concept very interesting. The reason for the same is that the issue of applicability of International Law to a Trade dispute is still a grey area with no concrete judicial opinion.

GNLU takes great pleasure to inform everyone that for this year’s competition, GNLU and World Trade Institute (WTI) Basel, Switzerland have entered into a partnership agreement wherein WTI would award the winning team with a scholarship to attend its five week Summer Academy on International Trade Regulation.

 The World Trade Institute (WTI) is one of the world’s leading academic institutions dedicated to the regulation of international trade. It is a centre of advanced studies at the University of Bern and is closely tied with leading trade institutions in Geneva. The WTI transcends boundaries by fusing law, economics and international relations in interdisciplinary research, training and advisory services. As host institution of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade Regulation, the WTI is at the core of a global research network.

 For this year’s edition, GNLU has also partnered with Westlaw, wherein Westlaw is providing passwords to access its database to all the participating teams for the purpose of research. Apart from providing passwords, Westlaw would also be awarding the Winning and Runner’s up teams with books worth INR 50, 000. These are significant steps forward in the achievement of the aims and objectives of GIMC, foremost of which is the dissemination of knowledge related to pressing issues in International trade.

 Apart from association with WTI & Westlaw, GNLU is proud to announce that the final round of the competition would be adjudicated by a sitting member of the Appellate body of the WTO, sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India, senior advocates from Supreme Court and leading academicians from India & abroad. This would be for the 1st time that a sitting member of the Appellate body of the WTO would be judging a final round of a Moot Court Competition. The prelim/ quarter and the semi final round of the competition would be adjudicated by a panel of judges drawn from academia, law firms and practicing advocates, who are experts in the relevant area of the moot problem.

The association of WTI and Westlaw and prize money on offer worth more than INR 75000 makes GIMC one of the most sought after legal events in the legal calendar. GNLU is also grateful to Government of Gujarat and High Court of Gujarat for their constant support in making this competition a reality.

 With 38 teams drawn from Europe, America and Asia including all the leading law schools from India, GIMC 2010 promises to be one of the biggest events in the legal calendar this year.

 For more information contact

Ashish Chandra


GIMC 2010

Ph: +91- 9377404964


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