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First-ever international moot court competition starts at Mohali tomorrow

By SK.Vyas :

Chandigarh, April 4,2019: Eighteen teams of law universities from 11 countries converge to Chandigarh for the first-ever three-days international moot court competition which opens on 5th April at the Army Institute of Law, informed senior lawyer and the founder of Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation.

It is for the first time that Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition is being held in Mohali, and second time in India, which is organised jointly by Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation and Leiden University of The Netherlands, he informed.

The team of law students from universities of 11 countries are participating including from Singapore, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Canada, China and India. Justice Krishna Murari, Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, shall inaugurate the competition with Lt. Gen. Surinder Singh, Army Commander of Western Command as a guest of honour.

Performance of participating teams will be adjudged by over 50 experts in Air Law who have come from over 40 different countries. Some of the experts are the top legal officers of institutions like KLM, Swiss International, ICAO, IATA, Boeing, Jet Airways, etc.

In February 2019 during the India Rounds 23 teams from the best law schools of India had taken part and the best 4 were selected to participate in the finals which included National Law Institute University, Bhopal; Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow; Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur; and The Army Institute of Law, Mohali.

The finals of the event shall be judged by Mr. Justice Mahesh Grover, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court; Mr. Jiefang Huang, Director, Legal Affairs and Externa Relations Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organisation (“ICAO”) and Prof. Dr. Regula Dettling-Ott, University of Bern.

The Compromise for the Moot Competition is always drawn up by a global expert in the field of Aviation Law whose identity is disclosed only after the competition will get over on 7th April, informed Nitin Sarin, Moot Court Coordinator.

The 1st competition was held in New Delhi in 2010 while the 10th will be held at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali from April 5 – 7, 2019. Every year the Moot is held in a different location and it has travelled from Dubai (2011), Istanbul (2011), Abu Dhabi (2013), Bucharest (2014), Beijing, China (2015), Jakarta, Indonesia (2016), Malta (2017), Seoul, South Korea (2018).

The International Universities represented at the Competition are:

Singapore Management University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Leiden University, the Netherlands

Lazarski University, Poland

Cologne University, Germany

Université Paris-Saclay (Paris Sud), France

University of Wroclaw, Poland

Sri Lanka Law College, Sri Lanka

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

National University of Singapore

McGill University Institute of Air & Space Law, Canada

Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

East China University of Political Science and Law, China

Wuhan University, China