We at the National Law School believe that mooting is an essential activity for every law student. We believe that nothing allows aspiring laywers to hone their research and oratory skills quite like mooting does. Mooting offers students the opportunity to undertake detailed and meticulous research, practice their court craft, and also gain a first hand experience of the dispute settlement process.
The Moot Court Society, NLSIU (MCS) is the student committee entrusted with the responsibility of administering mooting activities and upholding the high standards of excellence in mooting that the NLSIU has set for itself.
The NLS International Arbitration Moot (NLSIAM) has, since its inception in 2008, attempted to raise the bar for Moot Court Competitions in India. It has the distinction of being the only moot in India which gives students the opportunity to argue before a simulated Arbitral Tribunal, populated by expert arbitrators and practitioners.
The moot has steadily garnered a reputation as one which deals with the most cutting edge issues in contemporary arbitration law.Through previous editions of NLSIAM, participants and judges have had the opportunity to explore issues such as the recovery of costs, damages for loss and reputation, unjust enrichment and jurisdiction of the tribunal, arbitrator bias, confidentiality, and also deal with other contemporary developments in the field of law. Further, the moot provides an excellent forum for students, academicians and practitioners to come together. Previous editions of the moot have scene some of the biggest and most respected names in the field.
The NLSIA Conference, also organized by the Moot Court Scoiety, is in keeping with spirit of symbiotic growth and learning that that the Moot has come to represent.Itis organized along with the moot to promote further research and discussion on the questions raised in the moot problem. The discussions in the Conference have, in previous editions focused on developments in the fields of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and Judicial and Regulatory Expropriation. These discussions are compiled and detailed as part of a consultative research paper prepared by student associates of the event.
This year, we have introduced some major changes to the Moot. We hope that these changes will usher in a new phase in the growth of the Moot.
Firstly, The Moot Court Society, NLSIU is delighted to announce that this years edition of the Moot shall be sponsored exclusively by Trilegal. While NLSIAM has always been associated with challenging moot problems and insightful judging, we hope that the commencement of this new chapter will enable us to provide you with an even better experience in terms of hospitality and quality of judging, as well as the rewards you can expect from your involvement with this moot. Trilegal and NLSIU are both built on the common values of hard work, discipline and excellence, and we do hope that our partnership with them will ensure that this Moot reaches even greater heights. We thank them for their support and look forward to a long and frutiful collaboration with them.
Secondly, we have also decided to change the format of the moot this year. There are separate dates for submitting claimant and respondent memorials, and the respondent memorial has to be drafted in response to the claimant memorial that each team receives. We strongly urge you to peruse the rules carefully, as well as visit the Instructions for Written Submissions page on this website for a complete understanding of the manner in which responsive memorials are expected to be written. We believe such a format not only allows participants the opportunity to explore the arguments for either side more carefully, but it also mimics the real-world arbitration process more closely. It is after much consultation with experts, and in keeping with the practice adopted by several leading arbitration moots across the world, that we have decided to make this change.
Apart from these changes, we assure you that the moot will continue to uphold the same standards it has adhered to in the past. We shall strive to ensure that the quality of judges and hospitality, as well all other aspects of the moot meet the exacting standards we have set for ourselves.
We do hope you have an incredible experience with the National Law School Trilegal International Arbitration Moot, 2015!