Monday, 23 September 2013

15th D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, 2014

It is our pleasure to announce the 15th edition of the D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition (DMH), hosted by the Government Law College, Mumbai, India, in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation.

The Competition is scheduled to be held from 6th - 9th February, 2014. The Government Law College, Mumbai, India is pleased to invite a team from your esteemed institution to participate in this venerated moot court competition. 

The year 2014 marks the 159th anniversary of Government Law College, Mumbai. With a heritage spanning a century and a half, the Government Law College has dominated the legal landscape of India since its inception in 1855. The generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have been nurtured by this unique institution have made a seminal contribution to the evolution of the Indian Legal System. The contribution of the alumni to the constitutional and jurisprudential growth of India is certainly unparalleled. 
DMH is India's first International Moot Court Competition and was started in the year 2000 as a National Moot Court Competition. However, it has been open to international entrants since the past eight years. The competition is the most acclaimed moot court competition in India and has over the years given an opportunity to law students across the world to develop plenary skills in the area of advocacy.

It is a matter of great pride for us that teams from Universities / Colleges in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Mauritius, Spain, Greece, West Indies, Ireland, Australia, Ethiopia and Nigeria have participated in this annual event thus making it a truly global experience. Apart from Universities participating from the aforementioned countries, selected premier Indian Law Colleges/Universities are invited, thereby enhancing the competitiveness and quality of the competition.

University of Cambridge (U.K), Cornell Law School (USA), Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, USA), King’s College (London, U.K.), Bond University (Australia), Howard University of Law (USA), New York University School of Law (USA), University of Sussex (UK), NALSAR, (Hyderabad, India), Government Law College (Mumbai, India), Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar, India) National Law University (Delhi, India) are some of the institutes that have in the past taken home coveted awards.

 The case study of the competition deals primarily with issues relating to Public International Law with elements of private international law, highlighting the emerging legal landscape and has been drafted by experts in the field. Judges of the highest regard in India, academicians and experts in the field of International Law arrive in Mumbai to adjudicate the competition. In the past years, the Final Rounds of Argument have been judged by a bench of five sitting judges of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court.

The participants are made to go through extensive Mooting Rounds, to ensure that only the two best Teams reach the Final Round of Arguments. The Moot Court Competition is conducted over 4 days where the participating teams go through 2 Preliminary Rounds of Argument where they would be arguing each side once, 2 Octo-Final Rounds of Argument, the Quarter-Final Rounds of Argument, the Semi-Final Rounds of Argument and finally, the Final Round of Arguments. A unique feature of our Competition is a Panel Discussion that is held on a topic revolving around the subject of the Compromis which witnesses the representation of eminent personalities of international stature from the fields of law, politics, media, etc. All participants are also to present their Written Submissions tentatively a month prior to the Competition.

The Moot Court Association of the Government Law College would like to invite a team from your University/College to participate in this enriching experience. In upholding its long tradition of hospitality, the organizers of the competition will provide complimentary accommodation, food and intra-city conveyance for all the participants during the days of the competition.

Comprehensive information about the moot along with the case study, Written Submissions, Rules and other details of the previous years can be accessed from the competition website

Contact for details:
Mr. Raghav Dev Garg
(0091) 9892277257

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Please Note-
The following Ten (10) Indian Colleges that had made it through to the Octo-Final Rounds of Argument in the previous edition of the Competition have directly qualified for the 14th D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition 2013.

1)      National Law University, Delhi
2)      National Law School of India University, Bangalore
3)      National Law University, Jodhpur
4)     Government Law College, Mumbai
5)      NALSAR, Hyderabad
6)      ILS Law College, Pune
7)      Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
8)      WB National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata
9)      National Law Institute University, Bhopal
10) Symbiosis Law School, Noida
(Please note that this list is in no particular order)