THE PHILOMATH NATIONAL VIRTUAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION, 2020
The Philomath in association with Chetan Anand & Associates organized its 1st National Virtual Moot Court, 2020 on 27-28th June, 2020 for the law students pursuing their LL.B. course. The competition was based on Constitutional Law and was completely held virtually through online mediums. The competition had an enthusiastic participation of over 27 teams belonging to various colleges like Government Law College Mumbai, Gujarat National Law University, and Jindal Global Law School, Aligarh Muslim University etc. from across the country. Given the difficulties arising from the current restrictions on travel and social gatherings, this competition was organized live through the online platform of Google Meet. The proposition, based on Constitutional Law incorporated the ongoing Coronavirus crisis; the challenges faced by the government as well as the different sections of the society. The students deliberated on providing effective solutions to the currently overlooked aspects of this pandemic. The participants had to submit memorials by 23rd June and were given a few days time so that they can prepare for the grilling sessions by the judges. To conduct the oral sessions, a set of two preliminary sets of 12 courts was created through Google Meet on the first day of the competition i.e. 27th June. The day began with the first grueling Preliminary Round of all the teams with rigorous questioning and detailed analysis of laws applicable. They also had their second Preliminary Rounds on the same day to argue from the opponent side as well; owing it to the principle of Audi Alteram Partem meaning “let the other side be heard as well”, that the arguments of the same team but from the perspective of the other party should also be heard. After a long day of tiring rounds, the top 8 teams had a chance to move on to the Quarter Final Rounds. The first day of the competition also witnessed the quarterfinalists battling it hard for four obscure Semifinal Positions. Hence, after this further elimination, top four teams went ahead to the Semifinals that were to be held on the following day. The next morning saw arduous semifinal rounds and consequently two teams qualified for the Final Rounds based on their mooting skills and arguments.
The bench for the finals comprised of adv. Abhinav Shrivastava, Advocate-On-Record, Supreme Court of India; Adv. Abhigya Kushwah, Advocate-On-Record, Supreme Court of India and Dr. Charu Dureja, Moot Court Convener, Rayat College of Law. The teams of Government law College, Mumbai and VIPS, GGSIPU emerged as the finalists of this moot battle. The finals began with the discourses by our esteemed judges and further in the event, we witnessed their extraordinary abilities as they fought to win the coveted title of winner of The Philomath National Moot Court Competition, 2020. The teams argued to the best of their abilities, each presented commendable arguments and justified the representation of their respective counsels. Both the teams maintained mooting etiquettes and styles, which are supposed to be followed during the oral advocacy while also sustaining the decorum of the court. In an ardently contested final, the team from Mumbai Government Law College comprising of Tejal Khale, Eden Ribero and Abhishek Nair emerged as the winners, while the VIPS, GGSIPU team constituting Astha Tyagi, Ashita Pawar and Disha Joshi was the Runner-up team. In the valedictory ceremony, we had the opportunity to host Adv. Aishwarya Bhati, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India as the Chief Guest, who graced us with her eminent presence to announce all the winners. Apart from the finalists, the Best Speaker award was given to Utsav Singh Tiwari, Lloyd Law College and the Second Best Speaker to Ashish Ranjan, Central Uni of South Bihar. The Best Researcher among the participants was Karan Raj of USLLS, GGSIPU and Ashish Ranjan, Central Uni of South Bihar succeeded him as the Second Best Researcher. The award for the Best Memorial was given to TS Sneha of NUALS Kochi. The above winners were given internships at renowned law firms or organisations, publication opportunity with Lex Humanitariae International Journal and The Philomath Blog, E- Certificates, along with a total prize pool of Rs. 12000. The organizing team functioned under the leadership of Trivikram Jee, Founder, The Philomath and the event was supported by Rayat College of Law (Punjab University), Legal Bites, Lex Humanitariae and Western Legal LLP, Katcheri, Jus Commune, C.L.A.W., Law Portal, White Code, Bandaru & Bandaru Advocates and Lawsisto. The finals can be viewed on the following link: https://youtu.be/ZsI40fWGfb8The By and large, the 1st National Virtual Moot Court Competition was a great success this year and we hope that we come out bigger and better in forthcoming years. It saw students participating in great numbers from across India. The 2-day event was garnered by the presence of venerable judges who tried to bring out the best in the participants. The hardwork and intellectual acuity of students was reflected in the submissions made by them and in the oral rounds, likewise. We wish prosperity to all the participants and to the people who worked closely with us and made this event a huge success.