DM Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition

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DM Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition is widely regarded as the best international mooting event in India. The moot is part of the Mooting Premier League.

The D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition[1] popularly known as DMH, is India’s first and arguably most prestigious International Moot Court Competition. The Competition was instituted in the year 2000 and is jointly organized by the Government Law College, Mumbai and the D.M. Harish Foundation. The case study of the Competition is a fictional dispute between countries that is submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and deals primarily with contemporary legal issues relating primarily to the field of Public International Law. The Rounds of the Competition are held in the Government Law College, Mumbai with the final rounds of argument being presided over by a stately bench of five sitting judges of the Bombay High Court.

The Competition receives substantial entries from Indian Law schools annually and has seen participation from more than 20 countries from across the globe, including some major US and UK Universities.

Organising Committee

The Competition is organised by the Moot Court Association[2] of Government Law College, Mumbai in collaboration with the D. M. Harish Foundation, a Trust instituted in memory of one of India’s most eminent jurist, the Late Mr. D. M. Harish.

Government Law College, Mumbai

Established in 1855, the Government Law College, Mumbai enjoys the distinction of being one of Asia’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. The year 2011 marks the 156th anniversary of Government Law College, Mumbai. With a heritage spanning a century and a half, this pioneering legal institution is older than the University of Mumbai and the Bombay High Court itself. Generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have made a seminal contribution to the Indian legal system form a part of its veritable alumni.

Mr. Harilal Kania [3], the first Chief Justice of India, Mr. M.C. Chagla, the first Indian Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, M. C. Setalvad, the first Attorney General of India, former Chief Justices of India, Mr. P. N. Bhagwati and Mr. S. P. Bharucha and Hon’ble Justice S.H. Kapadia, current Chief Justice of India all began their careers from the Government Law College. Legal luminaries like Mr. Nani Palkhivala, Mr. Soli Sorabjee, Mr. Fali Nariman, Mr. T. R. Andhyarujina, Mr. Anil Divan [4] and Mr. Goolam Vahanvati and even the Hon’ble President of India, Her Excellency, Ms Pratibha Patil form a part of its enviable alumni. Their contribution to the constitutional and jurisprudential growth of India is unparalleled.

The Government Law College, Mumbai, believes in bringing together perspectives from across the spectrum, to equip its students with a holistic understanding and substantive view on contemporary concerns. The college has achieved a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge keeping in view its long standing culture and tradition as well as several extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, including moot courts that provide its law students with an insight into the current legal scenario and the burning issues of our time.

Moot Court Association

Moot court competitions have been a regular feature in Government Law College since 1936. The Moot Court Association[5] of Government Law College was inaugurated in 1955 to further this imperative co-curricular activity. It is a student body that singularly co-ordinates all the mooting activities at Government Law College and annually organizes the D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition[6] in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation. With a strength of over 75 students, the Moot Court Association[7] oversees and manages the entire Competition and is responsible in making the DMH-experience a truly enjoyable one for all the participants.



Dates of moot in 2010-11

The 2011 DM Harish Memorial GLC Moot is scheduled to take place from 11 to 13 February 2011.<ref></ref>

Moot problem in 2010-11

The Case Study is available here.

Previous winners