NUJS Kolkata Wins Vis Willem C. Vis International Moot 2020

The Student Juridical Association of NUJS Kolkata has reported that NUJS Kolkata has won the prestigious Willm C. Vis Moot competition.

The below text is copied verbatim with edits from the official announcement here.

NUJS team consisting of Ashika Jain from the Class of 2023, Kaira Pinheiro from the Class of 2023, Anand Krishnan from the Class of 2023 and Sahaj Mathur from the Class of 2024 has emerged as the Winner of the Vienna chapter of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition.

NUJS won the Eric E. Bergsten Award for Best team Orals, and was the only Indian team in the top 8 of the moot. The moot was conducted between the 3rd and the 9th of April, 2020.

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot or the Vis Vienna Moot is an international moot court competition.

It is the largest moot in the world for its field and is considered a grand slam or major moot.

This year, the competition was held virtually, garnering participation from 249 teams from across the globe, with the NUJS team finishing at the top.

This is the second time that NUJS has won the moot after emerging victorious in 2003.

nujs kolkata wins vis moot 2020


Deepak Raju, an alumnus of NUJS (2011) shared the following on Facebook:

Fourteen years back, when I joined the National University of Juridical Sciences, there were two things I knew about that law school. First, it was in Calcutta. Second, it had won something called a “moot court competition” in Vienna.

Even before I first set foot in Calcutta, tales of how they won that “moot court competition” in Vienna kept coming. A three-member team with no coach from a young university without a single book on arbitration in its library had won the most prestigious moot court competition in arbitration in the world!

Although I didn’t yet know what a “moot court” was, I was truly inspired by those tales. I wanted to do it too. Although I was not yet comfortable speaking English (the language of these competitions), I did give it a shot in my first year.

In the five years that followed, I was lucky to have the opportunity to represent NUJS at many moot courts, including the one in Vienna. It taught me most things I learned in law school. It gave me the opportunity to work with some of the best teammates.

I loved my teammates so much that I even married one of them. All of this was, in large part, thanks to the tales about that team which won a moot court in Vienna.

Today, Rukmini and I watched live as another team from our beloved alma mater argued in the final round of the same competition in Vienna, the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

I probably set a record for clicking the heart button the most times during a Facebook live. And then, we yelled and screamed and clapped as NUJS was declared the winning team.

Congratulations NUJS. Congratulations team. The tale of this win will inspire many more generations of young law students to try their hand at that thing called “moot courts”. It may even inspire some youngsters to take up law as a career option. You guys are awesome!


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