School of law, The NorthCap University, Gurugram organised its Vth NCU National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) on 14-15 April, 2018. It is one of the rare competitions in Indiawhich is being held on a pressing issue of environmental law with changing theme every year for which it has also been conferred with the title of “Indian Stetson”. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajesh Kumar Agarwal, Judge, Supreme Court of India, S.B. Mitra, Executive Director (Law & HR), GAIL (India) Limited, Prof. Pushpesh Pant (Professor Emeritus) NCU. The words of Justice Agarwal were immensely motivating for all the young mooters and the entire gathering. He praised the School of Law, The North Cap University for highlighting such a critical and important issue of present day relevance, namely the Shale Gas as an alternative source of energy. The Moot Court Competition witnessed participation from Central and State Universities, National and Private Law Schools from all the corners of the country.

SOL NCU has carved a niche for itself, as a leader in Environment Law Moot Court Competition. The Moot Proposition for the Vth Edition highlighted the contemporary issues related to exploration and production of Shale Gas, with a special emphasis on unavailability of land, displacement of local communities and mineral rights and ownership. The moot proposition was closely related to use of Shale Gas as an energy resource and the problems that come as part and parcel of production and consumption of Shale Gas. The moot court competition vexed to tackle the big picture question that whether it is necessary to have development to feed the energy needs at the price of creating a water problem.

Eminent dignitaries from legal domain, Supreme Court lawyers, corporate officers and Academicians were invited to judge the various rounds that took place over the two days. Out of the 20 teams, 8 teams qualified for the quarter-finals on the first day of the Competition, and 4 teams qualified for the semi-final round battled on the second day to reach the finals.

The Final Round of the Competition was chaired by a bench of three dignitaries: Hon’ble Justice M. Karpaga Vinayagam, former Chief Justice, Jharkhand High Court, Prof. Dr. Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law and Prof. Anatole Boute, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in energy, environment and investment law. The Bench gave enlighteningremarks to the teams and inspired the students by their wisdom. The final round witnessed an exhaustive and enlightening questioning by the Bench. The judges asked several questions pertaining to challenges of shale gas fracking process and Centre-State relationship with respect to mineral ownership. The competing teams answered the questions in a commendable manner. The students received a lot of appreciation and sound advice from the judges regarding how to answer the questions in a court of law.

NUSRL, Ranchi emerged as the winner of the competition and was bestowed upon with the trophies along with certificates and a cash prize of 40,000 INR, the Runners up SASTRA University, Chennai were given a cash prize of 20,000 INR. The award for the Best Memorial of 10,000 INR was bagged by RGNUL, Patiala. The Award for the Best Female advocate of 10,000 INR was won by Aiman Hashmi from Law Centre-I, Delhi University and the Award for the Best Male advocate of INR 10,000 was won by Mayank Jain, from School of Law, Ansal University.

V Edition of National Moot Court Competition was praised by all the dignitaries and guests for the important topic that it touched upon. Of course the efforts of the students from all around the globe added a spark to the event. Watching young lawyers practice their advocacy skills was interesting and motivating to watch. The final round judges praised the hard work and commitment of the entire organising committee – faculty and students and the vision of the Law School of The North Cap University. The event was a grand success as all the elements of the event were synchronized to all possible extent without any gap.

Quoting Sir Albert Einstein – “Try not to become a man of only success, rather to become a man of value”. This lesson of values and ethics is what the School of Law, The North Cap University strives to bring across its students. Similar lessons have always been brought up in the series of Environmental Law Moot Competitions, conducted by the School of Law. With this perseverance and persistence School of Law looks forward to hosting series of enlightening events and also to come up with the Vth Edition of National Moot Court Competition with another important and concerning topic.