The 16th edition of the Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition came to an exciting finish on 25th September 2016 with University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, Chandigarh bagging the winner’s trophy while National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore stood a close second.
Speaking at the Valedictory Session, H. E. Prof. (Dr.) Kennedy Gastorn, Secretary General, AALCO, New Delhi, commended both the teams for their efforts. “The finalists have been outstanding and their preparation was very strong,” he said. Prof B T Koul, Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy, said that the only thing important is to be able to think on your feet and assist the court. Underlining the importance of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Prof Koul affirmed that today it is recognized as an all-encompassing law and students of law must continue to strengthen their engagement with it.
For Ridhi Bansal, Sidhi Bansal, and Navdeep Singh Birgi — who constituted the team from UILS — this was a big win as it was the first time a team from UILS had made it to the final round of the prestigious moot court competition. The team will now prepare for the Regional Round — covering South Asia — which will be held in Delhi in December.
The team from Bangalore comprised Darren Tony Lobo, Madhavi Singh and Ganesh Khemka. Among other winners are Jashna Marchant, Natasha Kavalakat, and Aditya Gupta from Maharashtra National Law School, Mumbai, who won the award for the best memorial. Karnika Vallabh, USLLS, GGSIP University of Law, Chandigarh and Sonesh Jain, NIRMA University, Ahmedabad, jointly won the best researcher award while Raghav Genodia, Government Law College, Mumbai, bagged the award for best advocate.
Highlighting the significance of the Moot Court Competition, Jeremy England, Head of the ICRC Regional Delegation, New Delhi, said, “The moot court problems are not just hypothetical situations. These can easily be identified as problems of the real world conflict scenarios.”
Dr. E. M. S. Natchiappan, president of the Indian Society of International Law, also reminded the young lawyers about the important role they have to play not only in India, but also at the global level.
Below are snapshots from the final round of the Moot Court Competition (©ICRC, Ashish Bhatia):