JGLS has a vibrant and active mooting culture. The Moot Court Society (MCS) is a student led initiative, which works hand in hand with the administration for planning, training and executing its activities. The MCS hopes to create a strong tradition of successful mooting for years to come for the students.
The MCS has an intake of 200-250 students through two induction processes: Spring and Fall every year. These students represent the University in national and international moot court competitions where students get a chance to learn new subjects, polish their advocacy skills, build networks, and make friends.
The MCS, under the aegis of Faculty Directors and the MCS Board, has organised a number of prestigious moots, including the JIRICO Law and Technology Moot from 2016, the Indian Vis Pre-Moot from 2016 and the India rounds of the Stetson Moot 2018.
Achievements – 2018-19
“The Willem C. Vis moot happened by accident for me. It was probably the most fortuitous set of circumstances that I’ve ever been fortunate enough to experience. The team, Anubhav, Amartya, Ananyaa, Vasudhaa and Harsha, were put together because I didn’t do Jessup and because other people decided to forgo the opportunity to take Vis. But this was the best team and best group of people that I could have possibly worked with. It showed me, on top of all the success that we experienced at Vis, that what really matters are the bonds you forge along the way with the people you do the moot with. Everybody in that team had their role to play, not just as mooters but as support systems for each other.
Apart from that, Vis itself is the best organized moot I have ever been to. The rounds, the judging, the efficiency with which the results were announced was impeccable. The gigantic community of Vis mooters across the world basically make this a huge sorority event where everyone has so much in common and so much to talk about to each other. Nobody pegged us to do well at the beginning. The entire journey and all the twists and turns it took, with our performance at the premoot and then at Vienna itself, goes to show that the best things happen often when you least expect it.”
Sayantan Chanda, BA LLB 2014
“I participated in the HSF-KCL Competition law Moot Court Competition, held in King’s College, London. I received an honourable mention for oral pleadings. Our team was awarded the HSF Legal Scholarship for the Best Memorial in Written pleadings. In addition, our team advanced to the quarter-finals, with the third highest score in the preliminary rounds.
The Moot afforded us the exquisite opportunity to rigorously research Competition law and present arguments before practitioners and academics from across Europe. It was an extraordinary learning experience, which helped me grow and engage with law and policy. We couldn’t have done it without the support of Professor Shilpi Bhattacharya and Professor Kritihika Ashok, as well as the MCS Faculty Directors Professor Tanvee Nandan, and Professor Sannoy Das.”
Tanmayi Sharma, BA LLB 2015
“I participated in the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, 2019 organized by the Vis Moot Foundation. The oral rounds were conducted at the well renowned City University in Hong Kong. The moot problem revolved around two fast growing aspects of contemporary commercial disputes – arbitration law, primarily the UNCITRAL Model Law and contract law, the UN Convention on International Sale of Goods. Our 3-member team with no prior mooting experience finished as the Runners-Up of the tournament, losing out narrowly to the University of Amsterdam in the final. I was also awarded an honourable mention for Best Oralist. Participating in the Vis Moot has inspired me to explore the field of commercial arbitration and has provided me access to a network of skilled and talented lawyers across the world, making it an experience I will never forget.”
Sudarshan Srikanth BAA LLB 2016
“I had participated in the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) Invitational Moot, 2018 organised by GAI in collaboration with the George Mason University, and held in Washington D.C. The moot proposition primarily concerned antitrust laws and competition law issues vis-a-vis standard essential patents (SEPs). Our 3-member team, with fairly limited mooting experience at the time, beat the University of Florida in an enthralling final round to achieve the ‘Top Team Award’. This experience, which greatly tested our intellect and nerves, definitely ranks atop my list of law school experiences, and it has instilled in me a love for mooting which shall always persist.”
Angad Singh Makkar, BA LLB 2015
“DM Harish was one of the most rewarding and grueling experiences of my life. The moot is based on Public International Law and entails a packed 6 month schedule, from qualifying memorial rounds to arguing at Government Law College, Mumbai. Working on the moot granted me a deeper understanding and appreciation of International Law and Humanitarian Law. Arguing before eminent lawyers and professors in Mumbai honed my advocacy skills as I was given valuable feedback. My teammate was further awarded the 2nd best speaker of the moot. It was definitely one of the best experiences I had in Law School which had a positive impact on my research, drafting and advocacy skills.”
Amritesh Mohanty, BA LLB 2016
I along with my team represented our College at 4th RBUSL National Moot Court Competition, 2019 organized by University School of Law, Rayat Bahra University, Mohali, Punjab. The Moot proposition pertained to Hindu Law, however, with the close reading of it one had to study the provisions of Code of Civil procedure, Limitation Act, Family Courts Act, and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. This was burdensome as I was not acquainted with most of the subjects and apprehensions about the Competition was there from day one. To this, the faculty came to my rescue by helping me understand the law as this had a huge role to play the way I did my research. We had 3 weeks to do our research and draft our memorials and meanwhile, the academic burden started flooding in. It was very challenging but nevertheless, wasn’t impossible. I believe these 3 weeks taught me as to how to keep your priorities straight and what future in the Law School be like.
The night before the Competition as I was preparing for my oral rounds, I felt the only thing worth doing is to trust in your research and focus on how to deliver it. Our team made it to Finals after competing against leading Law Schools in India. Our team was Runner- up and I was awarded Best Mooter. This achievement will remain always valuable and incomparable to anything and will be the highlight of my first year in Law School.”
Preeti Maheshwari, LLB 2018