Interview: 32nd BCI Moot Winners Nirma University, Ahmedabad + DOWNLOAD Prize Winning Moot Memos

Interview: 32nd BCI Moot Winners: Nirma University, Ahmedabad

Team Members comprising of Prabhat Kumar Rai, Akshay Dixit and Dhananjay Kashyap of the Institute of Law, Nirma University were declared winners of the 32nd Bar Council of India Moot Court Competition.

Interview taken and memorials arranged by Rushali Srivastava.

Winning Team Memorials

Defendant / Respondant:

Problem 1, click HERE.

Problem 2, click HERE.

Problem 3, click HERE.

Problem 4, click HERE.

Appellant / Petitioner:

Problem 1, click HERE.

Problem 2, click HERE.

Problem 3, click HERE.

Problem 4, click HERE.

Interview

Congratulations to all three of you. This is really a huge win.

1. So third time in a row! How do you feel?

We feel like it’s a dream comes true, not only for us but also for our college.

2. What made you choose the moot in the first place?

This moot is the dream of every law student and obviously no one allows to slip the chance to participating in it. Moreover, we have open challenger round for this moot in which the winning team gets to represent the college in the said prestigious moot.

It is important to mention that credit goes to Akshay as he was the first among us to make the decision to take part in the open challenger rounds.

3. What was the process of your preparation? How did you go about it?

It was very tough, the whole process was a little delayed. We were allotted this moot by our college on 20th February and we had around only 8 days to work on 4 Moot Propositions and prepare 8 memorials.

We had to work hard all day and spend sleepless nights for those days we were preparing. We barely had any time to do anything apart from discussing and working on the memorials.

4. How important is the essence of team effort during moot preparations? How was it like working with your team? Were there any roadblocks?

Moot is all about teamwork. One is needed to be very careful while selecting the team members. It is all team effort as every member is needed to do everything. All of the members need to be on the same page and equally convinced with the strategy and planning. Research is not limited to only researcher and orals arguments are not only for the speakers.

All the members must be able to do all the things. Our researcher, Prabhat was called to argue in one of the crucial rounds. He was prepared because we maintained excellent team work. Our team had a great co-ordination, we are very good friends so we knew each other very well, which helped us to win this competition.

The best thing was we all were kept involved us in discussing the problem almost every times and we lived the moot in each and every second.

5. How many teams were you up against in the competition? Which team would you consider to be your toughest competition?

There were 41 teams, and the toughest competition among all was against Raffels Collage in Semis.

However, in Second round there were 20 teams and from this round only 4 teams was to be selected for semis, so the second round was also tough we were far better than Amity university but our competition was not against opponent but it was against the Judges because even if we won there were chances we may not go through semis, but we were the 1 st team in Second round to make through to the Semis. 

6. How was the final round? What were the techniques to crack it up?

We were a bit unfortunate in finals, as we were again on the first position in the semis so we got Appellant side to argue by default (Winner of semis is always Appellant/Petitioner) and the problem was completely against the petitioner, we had to argue on a very new jurisprudence in law.

However, we did not lose our confidence and we fought well. It was a 6 judges bench and they were very furious in asking question but we answered all the question with logical reasoning, we also supplied many foreign policy and authority which somehow impressed them and by god's grace we came out as winners.

7. Students generally are scared when it comes to researching on certain topics in moots. How should a student go about when a moot is allotted to him? What are the basics of researching?

Indeed! Researching is very crucial for the moot it’s all about a good research. For a good researcher you first need to read your fact many a times, each time when you read the fact you will get some new thing half of your research is hidden in your facts only, you have to be master of the fact. After you are master the facts try to deduce the arguments logically. Subsequently you will find the backing of law.

When it comes to law, start with the basics, like key point in the fact given and try to read applicable law and after reading law then come to precedents and find cases on that law, if it feasible try to read the cases full, also find policies, practical aspect about that thing and give reason to each and every decision of your, in the last discuss with your teammates and convince them with your arguments.

8. How important is mooting in a law student’s career? What message would you like to pass on to the mooters and the non-mooters?

Mooting is something which makes you a complete lawyer in the law school only, however the normal court procedure is very different from moot, but it teaches you how to do research, draft, argument, and present before the judge. I recommend that every law student has to do moot at least once in his/her law school, especially those who want to peruse litigation as a career.

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