The School of Law, G D Goenka University organized the 3rd G D Goenka Global Antitrust and Competition Law Moot Court Competition 2018 from 23rd- 25th March, 2018. School of Law, G.D Goenka University has a starling reputation and has had the privilege to host several legal luminaries of high profile in the prior moot court competitions.Theystrive to provide a platform to the students for the mtoimbibe the pragmatic skills of law and this moot court is one such attempt to create a simulated atmosphere for the future lawyers.The moot propositionsodrafted for this moot court competition was basedonanissue revolving around Competition Law, which is an upcoming arena in the field of law. A total of 24 teams from all around the nation had registered themselves to be a part of this one of its kind Moot Court Competition.
The 3rd G D Goenka Global Antitrust and Competition Law Moot Court Competition, 2018 was inaugurated on 23rd March, 2018. The evening began with the lighting of the lamps by Mr. John Handoll, [National Practice Head (Competition Law) Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.]; Mr. Matthew Slone [Director, Global Litigtion Services- UnitedLex]; Mr. AnirudhWadhwa [Partner, Wadhwa Law Chambers] and Mr. Amar Kumar Sundaram [National Director (Legal) Ernst & Young Service Pvt. Ltd.]. Prof. (Dr.) Shrihari [Vice- chancellor, G D Goenka University] felicitated the dignitaries and Prof.(Dr).S.Shantakumar [Dean, Academics and Dean, School of Law] delivered the welcome address to the participating teams and wished them luck. Mr. NipunGoenka, Managing Director, G D Goenka University, Deans of all the Schools of GD Goenka University and revered members of the faculty were present for the occasion.
The distinguished guests in their address emphasized on the importance of Competition Law, both, in foreign countries and in India and how, we need to work more in this arena of law. They urged the budding lawyers to step up and choose this challenging field that would definitely yield greater results. They spoke about the challenges faced by the practitioners in this field, and equally, about the brighter side. They also shared that there was very less knowledge and awareness regarding both Anti-trust and Competition Laws, but now it is gradually evolving.
Preliminary round and quarter final rounds were successfully completed on 24th March, 2018. Semi-finals and final rounds were concluded on 25th March, 2018 which was followed by the Valedictory Ceremony. Dr. Lalit Bhasin[President, Bar Association of India, Societyof Indian Law Firms] was the chief guest of the Valedictory ceremony. Eminent dignitaries like Dr. SubirBikasMitra [Executive Director (Law & HR) GAIL(India) Ltd.; Mr. Ganesh Chandru [Executive Partner, Laxmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys] and Mr. Aditya Wadhwa (Partner, Wadhwa Law Chambers) had graced the occasion with their valuable presence and mentioned how each team had given their best and how they were surprised at the level of research the students had done. Prof.(Dr.) S. Shantakumar (Dean, Academics & School of Law) congratulated each and every participant on successful completion of the moot court competition. Mr. Kuldeep Kumar (Joint Director, Law CCI); Mr. Aditya Wadhwa (Partner, Wadhwa Law Chambers), Mr. Abir Roy (Advocate, Seetharaman associates & Advocates); Mr. Subash Bhat (Senior Corporate Counsel) and Ms. Babita Yadav (social activist) were also present for the occasion. As correctly put forth by Dr. LalitBhasin, in his presidential address, each participant is a winner as they were the chosen one to represent their universities in this competition. He also added that bookish knowledge of law is not enough for lawyers, the practical learning through these moot courts are very essential.
The results were announced in the Valedictory Ceremony. Government Law College, Mumbai won the prestigious moot court competition. Law Centre II, University of Delhi were awarded the runners up award. They were awarded cash prize of Rs. One lakh and Rs. Fifty Thousand respectively. The Best Speaker Male was awarded to Mr. MadhavNakra & the Best Speaker Female was awarded to Ms. Niraimathi. N and they were awarded cash prize of Rs. Twenty Thousand each. The award for Best Memorial was given to NLU, Odisha and they were awarded a cash prize of Rs. Ten Thousand.
The esteemed guests appreciated the commendable job done by the host institution, School of Law, GD Goenka University not just for its efforts but also for its initiative to host such a competition. Prof. Anil Dawra, (Proctor, GD Goenka University) had given his vote of thanks and expressed his sincere gratitude and heartfelt wishes to each and every one who made this Competition and its success bigger and better. The very prestigious 3rd GD Goenka Global Antitrust and Competition Law Moot Court Competition was concluded successfully with the relentless efforts and support of the students of the School of Law and with the determination to host another successful event very soon.