UPES law students make a mark at int’l moot court competition
Three students from UPES School of Law argued before a panel consisting of senior academicians, advocates and former judges to take home the runners-up trophy in the 6th edition of the AUAP-JLU International Moot Court Competition held in Bhopal
A team of three law students from UPES steered the university to the runners-up position in the 6th edition of the AUAP-JLU International Moot Court Competition, organised by the Faculty of Law, Jagran Lakecity University (JLU), in Bhopal from August 5-7, 2022.
Jagriti Singh, Vidhi Bishnoi, and Komal Kansal – all 3rd Year B.A. LL.B. students – are immensely proud of their achievement.
“We had an excellent learning experience as we had the chance to interact with experts who helped polish our speaking, research, mooting, drafting, and advocacy skills. Along with the academic exposure, the offline moot court competition made us more independent, confident, and outgoing as individuals,” Vidhi says.
“The judges gave us personal feedback on our language skills in addition to our knowledge of the law, which was very beneficial. Dr. Alok Mishra, Dean, Faculty of Law, JLU, extended his congratulations and best wishes to the team as well as the university,” she adds.
During the event, the team got an opportunity to interact with students from JLU, Delhi University, O.P. Jindal University, Mumbai University, and the National Law Universities.
“We knew no one there on the first day but by the third day, we had made more than 30 new friends and won a trophy,” Vidhi says.
As runners-up, the team won a cash prize of INR 75,000.
The team was chosen for the competition by the Moot Court Association (MCA) of UPES School of Law based on their ranking in its XVI Internal Moot Court Competition.
“The moot court was based on commercial arbitration and included topics like law of contracts and arbitration. The MCA helped us by appointing Professor G.N. Sinha as our mentor. He gave us practical training and guided us in various aspects,” Vidhi says.
In the final round of the competition, the team argued before a panel consisting of various academicians, senior advocate Deepesh Joshi of Deepesh Joshi and Associates, and Amreshwar Pratap Sahi, former Chief Justice of Madras High Court and Patna High Court and Judge of Allahabad High Court.
“The response back home was great. The MCA was thrilled to know that our hard work had paid off and we submitted our trophy to the college. Dr. V.K. Singh, Dean, School of Law, UPES, welcomed us with sweets and shared his mooting experiences with us, while guiding us and giving us tips for future competitions,” Vidhi says.
“Many other faculty members too shared tips and experiences of their lives, setting examples for us,” she adds.
The three teammates describe the preparation process as one of the most rewarding times of their lives, with two months spent in research, drafting, speaking, and finally mooting.