The 17th edition of the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition came to an exciting finish on 24 September 2017 with the Institute of Law, Nirma University (ILNU), Ahmedabad emerging as winners while the Gujrat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar came a close second. This year saw 61 teams from all over India competing for the prestigious title, the highest number yet.

Speaking at the Valedictory Session, Prof. Bharat Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, said that he was happy to be back and congratulated the students for showing remarkable drive and effort during the tough rounds. Prof B T Koul, Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy, was encouraged by the large scale participation and said, “The youth is the torch bearer for International Humanitarian Law (IHL).” Talking about her experience as a first time judge, Hon`ble Jyotika Kalra, Member, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said that apart from being a wonderful experience, it was also educational for the judges as the themes tackled at the Moot required an understanding of international covenants.

Ravleen Chabbra, Priya Khemchandani and Shresth Vardhan from ILNU made up the winning team. They thanked their teachers and seniors who guided them through the process. Ravleen Chabra made a special mention about the resources available at the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) and appealed to participants to use those for future competitions. The team will now prepare to participate in the regional round — covering South Asia — which will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2017.

The runners-up team comprised of Samira Mathias, Raghav Bhargava and Naman Lohiya.

Ayushi Singh, Sharvani Navangul and Vivek Das from National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi, won the award for the best memorial.

Piyush Langade from Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai received the prize for best researcher while Mansvini Jain of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore was adjudged the best advocate.