The valedictory ceremony of the Prof VS Mani Memorial International Moot Court Competition had an impressive presence of Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sabeena of Rajasthan High Court, Hon'ble Ms. Justice Sangeeta Dinghra Sehagal of Delhi High Court of along with Prof Paramjeet S Jaswal Vice Chancellor of RGNlU Patiala on 7th October, 2018.
The Jamnalal Bajaj School of Legal Studies, Banasthali University was awarded a cash price of Rs.25,000 along with the trophy whereas, runners-up team of HNLU, Raipur was awarded Rs.15,000. In other categories of award, the best memorial went to Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida and the best mooter and best researcher were given to Ms. Komal, Student of UILS Punjab University.
In her valedictory address, Justice Sabeena cited her professional journey before the gathering and enlightened them about the challenges faced by professionals having lack of technology. She insisted students who now have abundance of resources to become masters of detailing at their work. According to her, an advocate cannot afford to overlook miniscule information while arguing a case and therefore they must learn to focus.
Justice Sangeeta Dinghra gave a scintillating talk on emerging dimensions in the practice of law and urged young students to give ample time to inculcate a hobby which brings value addition to their personality. She emphasized on the importance of reading quality literature to enhance literary skills. She critically examined usage of modern tools in legal education which may distract people from the genuine knowledge.
Prof PS Jaswal appreciated the University for reaching out to the finest of experts from across the country to make them a part of this competition. While commenting on the moot problem which is based on International Law, he called it an excellent choice of a moot competition. He further said "Law students are required to have immense curiosity and a logical brain to analyze law. A lawyer essentially needs to acquire knowledge and skill of speech." Justice Sabeena pointed out that a good lawyer should have sense of accepting logic, reliance on direct legal authorities, commitment to facts and presence of mind as the chief qualities. Mulling over the concept of leadership he advised that aspiring lawyers should carefully choose the type of leadership they wish to exemplify and said "an ideal leader is the one who doesn't pronounce to be one and neither commands others to follow, yet is looked up to, based on his/her valuable contributions towards the well being of the society and human fraternity."
On this occasion, Jaipur National University's Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Bakshi and Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) HN Verma were also present.Dr. Bakshi and Prof Verma congratulated the team and they welcomed the distinguished guests. Dr. Bakshi proudly stated, "The Indian legal acumen is unparallel and the purpose of such Moot Courts is to nurture them further. It was Prof VS Mani who took the initiative in starting the moot court here in Seedling School of Law and Governance and he prepared the law students in such a manner, where they can showcase their talents." He urged all the participants of the Moot Court Competition to aim at becoming distinguished legal professionals of the world. Dr. Bakshi further said that Jaipur National University strives to bring out the best in each and every student and has thoughtfully created student-friendly campus for this purpose and Prof VS Mani Memorial International Law Moot Court Competition in Seedling School of Law and Governance, is one of them.
Prof HN Verma, said that this moot court competition was an eye opener and this moot court competition helps law students in many ways - it teaches them to be good lawyer, good orator and good researcher.He further said "the very fact that these participants have been chosen over their colleagues to represent their respective institutions at the Moot Court competition shows signs of their sky rocketing success in future."
Dr. Mithilesh Vishwakarma, Head and Deputy Director of Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University, said that the moot courts were ideal grounds for students to sharpen their skills of argument and presentation. He further said that participating in such activities is more important than winning or losing. While a healthy sense of competition does indeed motivate the law students to improve their skills, in the long run they must remember that there are shades of grey when they eventually take up legal practice.
The 7th Prof VS Mani Memorial International Law Moot Court competition that saw the spirited participation of over 46 teams from the most sought after law colleges across the country and abroad, includedAlliance University Bangalore, Amity Law School, Amity University, Army Institute of Law, Mohali Amity Law School Noida, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, Government Law College Mumbai, Sastra Deemed University, Amity Law School, Delhi (GGSIPU), Amity Law School Amity University Gwalior, Faculty of Law Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh, Indian Institute of Legal Studies Siliguri, Jamnalal Bajaj School of Legal Studies, Banasthali Vidyapith, JECRC Jaipur Rajasthan, KIIT School Of Law Bhubaneshwar, Law College Dehradun, Faculty of Uttaranchal University, Lloyd Law College Greater Noida, United World School of Law Gandhinagar Gujarat, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, NLSIU, Bangalore* NLIU, Bhopal, Ramaiah College of Law Bangalore, Manipal University Jaipur Rajasthan, Symbiosis Law School Noida, Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad, School of Excellence in Law The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai, University Five Year Law College, University of Rajasthan, School of Law, UPES Dehradun.
All the 46 teams locked horns with one another to qualify for the Quarter finals and the 8 Quarter finalist teams included Army Institute of Law, Mohali; Amity Law School, Delhi, Banasthali Vidyapith, Symbiosis Law School, Noida, School of Excellence in Law The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai, Five Year Law College, University of Rajasthan, University of Legal Studies, Punjab and HNLU, Raipur
Amity Law School, Delhi, Banasthali Vidyapith, Five Year Law College, University of Rajasthan and HNLU, Raipur competed further to make it to the semi-finals. The 4 semi finalist teams of rubbed their shoulders against one another to make it to the finals on 7th October, 2018. Battling the sharp competition of the semi-final rounds, the teams of HNLU, Raipur and Banasthali Vidyapith, Jaipur made the worthy finalists.
Mrs. Komal Audichya, Faculty Convener of Prof VS Mani Memorial International Law Moot Court Competition and Coordinator of Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University, congratulated the team. While talking about various law skills, a law student must learn during his studies, she exhorted the students to participate more in moot court activities. Underlying the importance of developing law skills among students, she talked about the importance of moot courts. He said that moot courts are academic stimulations of appellate advocacy that educate students about the law and judicial processes. Moot Court activities improve critical and analytical skills besides legal research.