IV Edition National Moot Court Competition Organized By School Of Law, The NorthCap University On 22nd & 23rd April, 2017
School of law, The NorthCap University, Gurugram organised its IV Edition National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) on 22- 23 April, 2017. It is one of the few occasions that the moot competition, conducted annually, is being held on a pressing issue of environment law every year for which it has been conferred with the title of “Indian Stetson”. Theevent was a grand success as all the elements of the event were synchronized to the extent that the competition, organised on the occasion of Earth Day was based on environmental Law, inaugurated by the Hon'ble Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, the Highest environmental Adjudicatory body; judged by scholars, advocates of environmental law, the climax being endowed upon by the guidance and authority of Hon'ble Justice R. S. Rathore, Judicial Member, National Green Tribunal and Hon'ble Justice S N Aggarwal, Former Judge of Delhi High Court.
The Moot Court Competition witnessed participation from National and Private Law Schools all over the country including UPES Dehradun, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, National Law school, Assam, National Law University Ranchi, Tamil Nadu National Law University, etc.
The Moot Proposition for the IV Edition revolved around contemporary environmental regime in India. It challenged the legal fraternity to come up with solutions and ideas for issues that need to be dealt with at the earliest but have unfortunately been overlooked. One such issue which forms the basis of moot proposition is groundwater exploitation by industrialists. Weighing environmental degradation against rapid pace of industrialization is something which needs to be looked upon from social, economic and legal point of view. NCU in its IV Edition of Moot Court Competition has stressed upon the importance of sustainable development in urban as well as rural areas and the need for not jeopardizing the interest of the society for our personal financial interest.
Justice Swatanter Kumar, chairperson, National Green Tribunal inaugurated the NMCC-2017 and addressed the august gathering. He made his opening statement by quoting Mahatma Gandhithat “Nature can satisfy man’s need and not his greed.” Highlighting the problem discussed in the moot proposition he said, “Today, water is more precious than petrol. Thus, we need to change our approach to manage this resource. If we talk about Gurgaon, the condition is rather terrible here. The city needs to protect its fast-depleting groundwater levels by putting in place more aquifers. All stakeholders should work together to save groundwater.” Commenting that the it is the youth who has the power and ability to protect our environment, he graciously announced Internship for all law students with NGT considering the zeal and the efforts taken by the students of the law school.The Inaugural ceremony also was graced by the Mr. Mukesh Kumar Gupta, Registrar General, National Green tribunal.
Eminent dignitaries from legal domain, Supreme Court lawyers, corporate officers and Academicians were called to judge the various rounds that took place over the two days. Out of the 18 teams, 8 teams qualified for the quarter-finals on Day one of the Competition. On Day 2, 4 teams qualified for the semi-final round.
The Final Round of the Competition was chaired by a bench of three dignitaries: Hon’ble Justice S.N Aggarwal, former Judge, M.P High Court, Hon’ble Justice R.S. Rathore, Judicial Member, National Green Tribunal and Prof. Shashikant Yadav, Executive writer, Wolters-Kluwers (Moot Proposer). The Bench gave enlightening remarks to the teams and inspired the students by their wisdom.
Hon’ble Justice R.S. Rathoreopened his comments by stating that “If you argue right, you’re never wrong”. He guided participants about the court room manners and how an advocate survives in front of a judge. He referred to many quotes one of them being, “When lawyers have time to sleep they don’t have a bed to sleep and when they have a bed they don’t have time to sleep.” Justice S.N. Aggarwal explained about the three stages in lawyer life: 1. where lawyers work for no money, 2. where lawyers get enough money for survival and 3. last stage when lawyers don’t work much but earn a lot.
Finally, the team from UPES, Dehradun emerged as the winner of the competition and was bestowed upon with the trophies along with certificates and a cash prize of 50,000 INR, the Runners up JSS law college, Mysore were given a cash prize of 30,000. The award for the Best Memorial of 10000 INR was bagged by SLS, Pune and the Award for the Best Student advocate of 10000 INR was won by Twinkle Hussain from Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida.