Budding lawyers exhibit their legal skills

MOOT COURT

When we talk about the significance of fast-track courts and ask the young generation to have faith in the law of the country, somewhere it becomes
imperative to also encourage them to become a part of
the legal system.

It is with this intent and to familiarise the budding lawyers with the actual court proceedings that the students of Amity Law School organised the 13th Amity National Moot Court Competition. The three-day competition conducted recently in the City witnessed a participation of 23 law universities, colleges and institutes across India.
The ‘moot problem’ for this year’s competition was based on concepts of Public International Law and highlighted the emerging legal landscape in the field of law of the seas, salvage rights and criminal jurisdiction over the seas. The proposition essentially centred around the disputes between two hypothetical countries over their maritime boundaries and drew inspiration from the recent Italian Marines case.
While the participants honed their skills of formulating and presenting legal arguments before a panel of legal luminaries, the competition provided an enriching experience to the observers to appreciate the budding lawyers.

The semi-finals of the Moot Court were held between four teams – GLC, Mumbai; Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai; National Law School, Bangalore and Symbiosis Law School, Pune out of which Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai and National Law School, Bangalore emerged as finalists.

After battling round the clock, the team fromNational Law School of India University from Bangalore bagged the first prize and were given a Rolling Trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 20, 000. The runner-up team from Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai was also felicitated with a trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 10, 000.
Ayushi Aggarwal from National Law School of India University, Bangalore was adjudged as the Best Speaker while the Best Researcher Award was lifted by Arushi Malwa from NLU, Jodhpur and Best Lady Advocate Award was conferred upon Prateeksha Basakar from National Law School of India University, Bangalore .
The winners were awarded by VS Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner, who was the chief guest on the final day. The CEC called upon
the youth to spread the message of higher enrolment
and greater participation in voting.

Sharing his views and motivating the participants, Rakesh Khanna, senior advocate and Additional Solicitor General of India said that Moot Courts are excellent forums which provide an opportunity to budding lawyers to sharpen the skills required in the legal profession. He remarked that “In law profession, besides classroom teaching of law, interpretation of law and practical training in Chambers of lawyers and court rooms is very important. A good lawyer needs to know how to interact with a client and get the facts out of him, how to conduct research for the case, how to prepare a draft while taking into consideration the contentions of other side and queries that might come from court.”    

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