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Mooting as an activity can perhaps best be described as the closest one comes to being a lawyer while still in law school – it involves identifying legal issues in situations, exhaustive research in that area of law, followed by extensive written submissions and grueling orals before a bench of eminent judges, in short, everything a lawyer is expected to do. A spate of ad hoc selections during the formative years of the College underscored the need for regulation of student participation in various competitions. Thus, in the year 2007 the Moot Court Committee (“MCC”) was formally set up. Now in its fifth year, the MCC enjoys substantial autonomy.

The MCC’s primary role is to facilitate and regulate mooting at the RLC by planning and organising the various intra and inter-college moot court competitions. The annual National RLC Moot Court Competition attracts participants from the some of the best law schools of India like NALSAR, Hyderabad, NUJS, Kolkata, GNLU, Gandhinagar, School of Excellence in Law, Chennai, Campus Law Centre, Delhi, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, ILS, Pune amongst others. In addition, the MCC organized the First RLC International Law Moot Court Competition in January 2012.

The MCC’s second function is to constitute teams to represent the college at various national and international moots. RLC teams have frequently performed decently at the most prestigious international moots such as the Philip C. Jessup Moot and Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition having reached the fifth rank in the National rounds in 2008 from amongst 56 teams from all over India.

RLC maintains a decent record in national level moot court competitions as well, winning the Institute for Intellectual Property Studies Moot at NMIMS, Mumbai in 2008, reaching the finals of the M.C. Chagla Memorial Moot Court Competition at GLC, Mumbai in 2008 and Y.C. Chauhan Memorial Moot Court Competition, Pune in 2009 and reaching the quarter finals at the 1st NALSAR-NFCG Moot Court Competition in Hyderabad in 2009.

The third function that the MCC serves is to develop future mooters, as well as an interest in mooting. In furtherance of this, the MCC follows a policy of encouraging participation in mooting from all batches, including the first years. The MCC organises extensive workshops and demonstrations to enable the students to learn the process of mooting. In addition, the MCC also organises a “PRIMERA”- a Fresher’s Moot- during the start of the academic year to encourage students to take up mooting.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • The RLC Moot Court team comprising of Vikhil Dhoka, Pramugdha Anand and Amit Chougule won the prestigious IIPS National Moot court Competition 2008 at the Institute of Intelluctual Property Rights (NMIMS University, Mumbai).
  • The RLC Moot Court team of Sana Sayyed, Mutahhar Khan and Vaishnavi Kirloskar reached the finals of the M. C. Chagla Memorial Moot Court Competition 2009 at Government Law Collge, Mumbai.
  • The RLC Moot Court team of Faran Khan, Mutahhar Khan and Aleem Khan reached the finals of the Y. C. Chauhan Memorial Moot Court Competition 2010 at Y.C. College, Pune.
  • The RLC Moot Court team of Faran Khan, Mutahhar Khan and Chaitanya Malgaonkar reached the semi finals of the NALSAR NFCG Moot Court Competition 2009 at NALSAR, Hyderabad.
  • Shubham Kulashestra was adjudged Best Speaker at the S.S. Maniyar Moot Court Competition 2010 at S. S. Maniyar College, Jalgaon.
  • The RLC team of Aditi Sawant, Ashutosh Thipsay and Len Haokip stood 5th amongst 56 colleges from all over India at the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition 2008.
  • The RLC team of Gargi Panwar, Divya Alexander and Amrita Iyer were runners up at the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Moot Court Competition 2008 in Nagpur. Gargi Panwar was also adjudged Best Speaker.

NATIONAL MOOTS:

  • The Moot Court Committee of Rizvi Law College has successfully organized the three editions of the RLC National Moot Court Competition in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 1st RLC National Moot Court Competition saw 24 of the best colleges in India participating. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Mane, Head of Department of Law at University of Mumbai.  The theme of the moot problem was on surrogacy laws in India. The finals were judged by His Lordship Justice Bilal Naski and His Lordship Justice Ashutosh Kumbhkoni, Hon’ble Judges of the High Court of Bombay. School of Excellence in Law, Chennai were adjudged winners while NUJS, Kolkata finished runner ups.
  • The 2nd RLC National Moot Court Competition again had 24 of the best colleges from all over India. The event was inaugurated by His Lordship Mr. Justice F. I Rebello, Judge of the High Court of Bombay. The theme of the moot problem was law relating to stem cell transplantation.  The finals round in which School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru was pitted against Campus Law Centre, Delhi University was judged by His Lordship Mr. Justice Dr. D. Y. Chandrachud and His Lordship Mr. Justice Amjad Sayed, Hon’ble Judges from the High Court of Bombay. The team from Campus Law Centre, DU was adjudged winners while School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru were runner ups. The Valedictory function was presided by His Lordship Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph, Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India who gave away the prizes and the trophy to all the winners. Ms. Nina Nariman from Campus Law Centre, DU was adjudged the Best Speaker and the team from the Symbiosis Law School walked away with the Best Memorial award. The highlight of the event was the party at Hotel Citizen, where the participants and the organizers came together to have some fun. Principal Ms. Daisy Alexander said in the concluding speech that even though there can be only one winner, every team is expected to go home with wonderful experiences.
  • The Inaugural Ceremony of the 3rd RLC National Moot Court Competition was presided over by His Excellency Shri K. Sankaranarayanan, Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra wherein the Competition was rechristened as the Saquib Rizvi Memorial National Moot Court Competition. The moot problem was based on the law relating medical negligence. The final round, which was judged by His Lordship Mr. Justice Sikhri, Hon’ble Judge from the High Court of Delhi and Advocate Mr. Aman Vachher, Advocate, Supreme Court of India saw the team from National Law School of India, Bengaluru was emerging victorious and Army Institute of Law, Mohali as runners up.

INTERNATIONAL MOOT:

In the academic year 2011-12, the Moot Court Committee of Rizvi Law College organized the 1st RLC International Law Moot Court Competition in collaboration with law firms Advani & Co. and FoxMandal and the International Law Students Association and Cambridge University Press. The Competition saw 24 teams from national and international law schools deliberate and argue on the various contemporary issues of the law relating to self determination and aggression vis a vis self defence. The preliminary rounds were judged by eminent lawyers, academicians and experts in international law. The finals, judged by a five member Bench consisting of His Excellency Mr. Pule Malefane, Consul General of Republic of South Africa, His Lordship Mr. Justice R. Y. Ganoo, His Lordship Mr. Justice Girish Godbole, His Lordhsip Mr. Justice Abhay Thipsay, Hon’ble Judges of the High Court of Bombay and Prof. Sukhninder Panesar, Associate Head of Department of Law, Coventry University, U.K, saw the team from National Law School of India (NLSIU) Bengaluru emerge winners.

GUEST LECTURES

The Moot Court Committee of Rizvi Law College has time and again organised lectures by eminent lawyers, jurists and academicians. Some of the notable visitors to the college have been:

  • His Lordship Justice Markandey Katju, Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India
  • His Lordship Justice P. P. Noelekar, Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India
  • His Lordship Justice Abhay S. Oka, Hon’ble Jugde, High Court of Bombay
  • His Lordship Justice Mr. A. M. Thipsay, Hon’ble Jugde, High Court of Bombay
  • His Lordship Justice F. I. Rebello, Hon’ble Jugde, High Court of Bombay
  • Judge Mr. Ashini Kumar Deore
  • Judge Mr. V. R. Patil
  • Mr. B. D. Ushir, Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff & Co.
  • Advocate Ms. Poorvi Chottani, Managing Partner, Law Quest
  • Advocate Mr. Shashank Garg, Partner, Advani & Co.
  • Prof. Satvinder Singh Juss, Professor of Law, Kings College London
  • Prof. Ann Stewart, School Of Law, Warwick University
  • Prof. Nick Hopkins, School of Law, University of Southampton, UK
  • Dr. Vijay Khole, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai
  • Advocate Mr. Kamalesh Kharade, Partner, India Law Alliance
  • Advocate Mr. Rajiv Kumar
  • Advocate Esha Chakravathy, Associate, Majmudar & Co.
  • Advocate Apurv Agarwal, Managing Partner, Universal Legal

The office bearers of the Moot Court Committee for the Academic year 2014-15 are:

PRESIDENT VIKRAM KAMATH
VICE PRESIDENT AMEYA KADKADE
MEMBERS AARTI DEODHAR
ARCHANA UPPULLURI
ASHNA JHA
CHIRAG BHATIA
GAYATRI KOLIPAKKAM
HARSH BANTHIYA
KOMAL DUBEY
PRINCY YADAV
SAKINA ELECTRICWALA
SANAYA GANDHI
SHARMEEN SHAIKH
BHOMESH BELLAM
AZAM KARNIK

Email: mootcourts@law.rizvi.edu.in