4th Amity International Moot Court Competition concluded today with Valediction Ceremony at Amity University Campus, Noida wherein the team from Rajiv Gandhi National university of Law, Punjab was declared as the winner.
Moot Court imbibes in budding lawyers the art of arguments and the finer nuances of legal drafting. It not only endeavors to discuss the immediate Moot Problem but also aspire to create an intellectual space to discuss and debate other connected issues of fairness and justice in the international laws.
The moot proposition was engrossed on the issues related to International Sports Law. The objective of the moot proposition was to familiarize budding lawyers about sports law, its relevance and the opportunities attached to the subject. The proposition raised concerns related to choosing of forum for seeking remedy and raises substantial question of law involving Criminal Laws, Money Laundering Laws, Anti Corruption Codes, statutes on Players Code of Conducts etc.
The valedictory ceremony marked the presence of prominent personalities including Hon’ble Mr. Justice P C Pant, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Mr. Kirti Azad,Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) & Former Indian Cricketer; Shri Ajay Maken, Former Union Minister; Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, Judge, Madhya Pradesh High Court; Mr. Ashok Kumar Patnaik, Judicial Member, Central Administrative Tribunal Cuttack Bench and Dr. Aditya Tomer, Dy. Director,Amity law School Centre- II.
Stressing on importance of moot court competitions, Justice P C Pant said that moot court competitions provide a platform for budding lawyers to put their theoretical, analytical and argumentative skills to the test. He pointed that the mark of a great lawyer is not just in what he knows but how he can use his knowledge. He averred that it is not necessary that an individual wins every time. A person should remember that if you don’t succeed this time then nothing is lost; focus on upcoming opportunities.
Sharing his views on Sports Law, Shri Ajay Maken said that sports law is a contagious subject which needs to be debated as it focuses all discipline of sports and related activity. Sharing his experiences while he was Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports and said that during his tenure, he initiated Sports Bill with the aim to bring in overall transparency and Administrative reforms in sports. Briefing the proposed elements in the bill he apprised that the objective was to encourage the sports persons and make the sports bodies more accountable and transparent,such as to have penal provisions for unethical practices in sports which cover sexual harassment, doping, age fraud; inclusion of atleast 25% of sports persons in total management of sports authority etc. but the bill didn’t saw the light of the day at that time. Mr. Maken lauded the recent recommendations by Justice RM Lodha Committee which aim to bring a wind of change to revamp functioning of sports authorities. He averred that in many instances, it may be pointed that there is a lot of judicial interference but there are many such occasions where judiciary has to step in for betterment of sports.
Addressing the gathering, Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said that sports law is gaining popularity as a specialized branch focusing on legal issues pertaining to the sports industry. He appreciated Amity for bringing the topic of such relevance in a moot court competition. He emphasized that the concept of moot court is very valuable for budding lawyers wherein they earn the art of mooting and nurtures advocacy skills. Justice Sharma outlined some points to be a good lawyer such as determining important facts for cases, analyzing different cases in court rooms to learn the physic of judges, honoring the judging by avoiding any argument and lastly, focusing on hard work.
Highlighting the points of a role as good lawyer, Mr. Ashok Kumar Patnaik said that an advocate must posses good listening skill along with swiftness in drafting and filing of petition. He advised the participants to show equal dedication in each case they receive and should learn to accommodate the court and judge.
34 teams from International and National Law Universities across the globeincluding Faculty of Law, Bangladesh; Jamia Milia Islamia; Symbiosis Law School, Pune; Gujarat NLU, Gandhinagar; Alliance University, Karnataka;Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies; KIIT, Bhubaneswar; Faculty of Law,Allahabad and Amity University, Jaipur amongst others participated in the competition.
After meticulous deliberations and arguments in the final round Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab emerged as the winner. Mr. Abhishek R Nippani,Alliance University bagged the award for “Best Researcher” and Mr. Akshay Nand Kumar, NMIMS Mumbai was awarded for “Best Advocate”. The trophy for “Second Best Advocate” was bagged by Ms. Anwesha Sinha, KIIT Bhubaneswar.
The Second Runner Up for the moot court competition was team from School of Law, Christ University Bangalore and the prize for “First Runner Up” was bagged by Gujarat NLU, Gandhinagar.