As Mallika Nawal has rightly put into words,
“A good lawyer, just like a good poker player, must always keep his cards close to his chest.” One can never agree more when Mooting comes into question. To quote Thomas Jefferson “brevity is best because it leaves no room for inattention by listener”. The challenge and the excitement that one experiences while mooting cannot be gained in classes, is a truth no less acknowledged.
As the time advanced, all of them got seated in the Multi-Purpose Hall. All clad in black suits, their eyes were skimming through the memorials that had probably taken months to be framed. While they fidgeted with their pens in one hand and flicked through the relevant case judgements with another, one could sense the nervousness dawning upon the participants. All of them had their eyes fixed on the radiant trophy of 9th Leiden Sarin International Moot Court Competition- with “WINNER” inscribed in golden words.
Army Institute of Law, Mohali organized the prestigious National Rounds of 9th Leiden-Sarin National Moot Court Competition on February 10th, 2018. It was an honor for the entire AIL fraternity and the scholars to witness such a great event, which was being organized for 7th time in a row in AIL Campus. A joint venture of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation (India) and the International Institute of Air and Space Law of Leiden University (Netherlands), which finally collaborated with Incheon Institute Air Corporation in South Korea, this Air Law Moot Court Competition provided the young mooters a golden opportunity to gain experience in development of argument in the field of international law and international air law, while also establishing contacts around the world.
The Competition was inaugurated by Honorable Mr. Justice Surya Kant, a distinguished jurist. Born in District Hisar, Sir did his law from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak in 1984 and started practice at District Courts, Hisar in July, 1984. In the year 1985, he shifted his practice to Punjab and Haryana High Court. Soon thereafter, Justice Surya Kant was regarded as an Eminent Service, Constitutional and Civil lawyer.
He was appointed Advocate General of Haryana on 7th July, 2000 and was designated a Senior Advocate by the High Court. He held the office of Advocate General till his elevation as Hon’ble Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 9, 2004. He was also a Member of the National Legal Services Authority for two consecutive terms (2007-2011). He is also associated with various National/International NGOs and Law Associates.
Followed by the inauguration, Mr. Justice SS Sodhi addressed the participants and scholars. Mr. Justice SS Sodhi, also President of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, is a Barrister at Law from London’s Lincoln Inn with a distinguished track record as a lawyer. After serving as a judge at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court from where he retired. Justice Sodhi in his address thanked the college for the utmost organization and efficiency, he too emphasized on the importance of mooting in the life of a budding lawyer and the utmost need for leadership and guidance from his seniors during the same. He narrated some instances of his’ from his days at the Bar and also, of his past experiences in the Leiden-Sarin Moot Court Competition. Undoubtedly, Sir’s every word delivered wisdom and enlightened the budding lawyers.
Subsequently, Mr. Manmohan Lal Sarin, senior advocate and Secretary General of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, took over the stage and delivered the Vote of Thanks. Extremely light-hearted and cheerful that he is, Mr. Sarin has pursued his LL.B. from Panjab University and LL.M. from Northwestern University, USA is a distinguished debater and has won over a hundred prizes in moot court and declamation contests. He initiated by wishing the Chief Guest a very happy birthday and further spoke about establishment of Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation. In the fond memory of two highly-knowledgeable advocates of all times Late Shri H.L. Sarin, Senior Advocate and Late Shri. R.L. Sarin, Advocate, the foundation is dedicated to the cause of protecting public interest, and spreading legal literacy. Sir went on to announce that the Winners of this Moot Court Competition will be given an opportunity to pursue LL.M. courses absolutely free of cost abroad!
But this wasn’t all! He also announced that now Sarin Memorial Aid Foundation will annually facilitate two “Best Mooters of the Year” with an award and a cash prize. This year the prize was shared by Adhiraj Bhandari (4th Year) and Aafreen Choudhary (2nd Year).
Sir also expressed his gratitude to Army Institute of Law by presenting memento to the Principal for such efforts which are put in by Moot Society In-charge, Dr. Bajirao Rajwade, the Moot Court Society of AIL and all the on-screen and off-screen hands which have always contributed to make this event a huge success.
Concluding the show with memento distribution to the judges, the teams dispersed to their respective Moot Court Rooms and attempted to give their best in front of the three-judge bench, consisting of the highly respected members of legal fraternity from Punjab and Haryana High Court.
As the tough competition between 18 teams came to an end and results compiled, the judges declared the National Law University, Jodhpur victorious over others, whereas Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala and Army Institute of Law, Mohali emerged as the 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up respectively. These Top-3 teams will participate in the International Rounds which are to be organized in Seoul, in South Korea, from April12th-15th, 2018.
The Blue Pencil congratulates all the winners and wishes them all the best for their future endeavors. We are sure that Ananya Sharma (3rd Year), Trisha Sharma (3rd Year) and Tanushree Tanwar (3rd Year), the participants from AIL, will keep making us proud!
This write-up was prepared by Nishant Tiwari (1st Year)