About the Organizer
The ICFAI Law School, a constituent of the ICFAI University, Jaipur was established in the year 2015 with an objective to deliver qualitative legal education to the new generation of legal professionals. The Law School is committed to shape a new cadre of legal professionals through a comprehensive and contemporary body of integrated knowledge of Law with Management and Humanities through rigorous education and research programs. Presently, the Law School accommodates the vibrant bunch of students from all over the country and an enriched intellectual capital in the form of highly dedicated team of faculty members.
The Law School endeavors to achieve an all-round development of students by emphasizing on various extra-curricular activities and assigns a significant role to moot courts. By following the standards of absolute impartiality, transparency and efficiency, it strives to not only organize but also motivate the students to participate in the moot court competitions.
About the Competition
The 1st ICFAI Law School National Virtual Moot Court Competition, 2021 is designed for aspiring lawyers to utilize their research and analytical skills and to employ their legal acumen. It is one of the most efficient sources from where students can get the education and imbibe all the qualities and skill that a lawyer requires. In a nutshell, the competition seeks to bring forth the ‘virtus legalis’ in each student.
The proposition of the memorandum has been designed in the light of the same and it focuses on diverse areas of on Constitutional Law.
Aim and Purpose
The 1st ICFAI Law School National Virtual Moot Court Competition, 2021 has been conceived with the aim of creating opportunities to learn the development of jurisprudence on emerging trends in the domain of transformative constitutionalism. It has been designed with a vision to enrich the knowledge of aspiring lawyers in keeping with the mission to actively bridge law and governance through legal education while developing all the proficient skills in research, writing and advocacy.
- Commencement of Registration: July 20, 2021
- Last date of registration: September 05, 2021 by 11:59 PM
- Last date to seek Clarifications: September 6, 2021
- Release of Clarifications: September 7, 2021
- Submission of Memorandum and Compendium: September 12, 2021
- Inaugural Ceremony & Draw of Lots: September 17, 2021
- Oral Rounds – Prelims and Quarter Finals: September 18, 2021
- Semi Final Rounds, Final Round & Valedictory Ceremony: September 19, 2021
Rules and Regulations:
- These are the rules for the first virtual national moot court competition organized by ICFA Law School, The ICFAI University,
- The moot court competition will be held from 17th September, 2021 to 19th September, 2021.
- The Organising Committee (OC) shall function as the point of contact, and any changes in the Rules of the Competition shall be notified by mail to all participating teams.
- The Competition shall be conducted in accordance with the rules mentioned hereunder. Participants are required to comply with the rules and procedures prescribed herein.
- The official e-mail for all correspondence concerning the Competition is firstname.lastname@example.org
The official language for the Moot Court Competition shall be English only.
Students of three-year or five-year integrated law degree or of post graduate law courses from any University/ Law School/ College/ Department are eligible to participate in the Competition. Multiple teams can participate from the same University/ Law School/ College/ Department.
a)Male Participants: Black Trousers, White Shirt, Black Blazer, Black neck tie and Black formal shoes;
b)Female Participants: Black Trousers/Skirt, White Shirt, Black Blazer, Black neck tie and Black formal shoes (or) White Salwar Kameez, Black Blazer and Black Formal shoes.
- Each Team may consist either two members, comprising two speakers or three members, comprising two speakers and one researcher.
- Any alteration in the status of the team members, whether as a speaker or researcher, must be informed through mail to email@example.com.
- If any team is willing to alter the team composition, can do so by intimating the organizing committee via e-mail ten days before the competition. Any such requests after the given time shall not be entertained except in case of unprecedented circumstances. The inability of any team member to participate in accordance with the rules of this Competition shall lead to immediate disqualification of the Team from the Competition.
Each Participating Team is required to pay INR 1000/- (One Thousand Indian Rupees) towards Registration via online account transfer.
- The Registration Fee is required to be transferred to the below mentioned Bank Account:
- Account No. -020205004134
- Type of account- Current
- Name of account-THE ICFAI UNIVERSITY JAIPUR
- Name of bank-ICICI BANK
- Bank Branch-Johri Bazar
- IFSC Code-ICIC0000315
- All memorials submitted for the purposes of the Competition shall strictly adhere to the rules as stated below.
- Each Team is required to prepare Written Submissions for both sides, i.e., the Applicant(s)/Appellant(s)/Petitioner(s) and the Respondent(s) of the case.
- A Written Submission shall be identified solely by the Team Code assigned to the Team. The Written Submissions shall not, in any way, disclose any fact pertaining to the Identity of the Team its members (not limited to the name of the participants), or the Institution/College/University represented by the Team.
- The memorials must contain the following sections in the order as stated below-
a. Cover Page
b. Table of Contents
c. Index of Authorities
d. List of Abbreviations
e. Statement of Jurisdiction
f. Statement of Facts
g. Statement of Issues
h. Summary of Arguments
i. Arguments Advanced (25 pages)
j. Prayer (1 page)
- The memorials should not exceed 40 pages, including the cover page. Non- compliance with the above criteria shall result in a penalty of two marks per missing section.
- The Cover Page of a Written Submission must contain the following information:
i) The Team Code in the upper right-hand
ii) The name and year of the Competition
iii) Cause Title
iv) The party on behalf of whom Written Submission has been made
v) Name of the forum resolving the dispute
- The Written Submission (including the preliminary pages and excluding the cover page) shall adhere to the following mandatory specifications:
a. Paper size: A4
b. Font type: Times New Roman
c. Font size: 12
d. Line spacing: 1.5
e. Indent: Justified
f. Margin: 1 inch on all sides
g. For footnotes, the formatting specifications are: Font type: Times New Roman
Font size: 10
Line spacing: 1
Paragraph spacing: 0
No additional space between 2 footnotes
Body of text: Justified
- The teams shall follow 20th edition of the Harvard Blue Book, for citation throughout the memorial, with strict adherence.
- The cover page of the soft copies of the Memorandums shall comply with the following colour scheme:
Applicant(s)/Appellant(s)/Petitioner(s) – Blue (in any shade) Respondent(s) – Red (in any shade)
- Each Team shall send a soft copy of the Written Submissions, via electronic mail, on or before September 12, 2021, by 11:59 P.M. to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Written Submissions must be made in soft copies only.
- Each Team has to send two (2) separate file attachments: One as Memorandum on behalf of the Applicant(s)/ Appellant(s)/ Petitioner(s) and one as Memorandum on behalf of the Respondent(s) in PDF.
- The PDF files should be named according to the Team Code and the side for which the Written Submission is prepared. [For instance, Team 01 will name its Written Submission for the Applicant(s)/ Appellant(s)/Petitioner(s) as 01A and Written Submission for the Respondent(s) as 01R.) Use of any other format (example,"Team 01A" or "Team 01R"] will benegatively marked.
- Two separate mails have to be sent with subject as prescribed:- For Memorandum Submission: Memorandum Submission - Team Code
For Compendium Submission: Compendium Submission - Team Code
- The maximum score for the memorials shall be 100 marks. The memorials shall be evaluated on the following criteria:
|Knowledge of Law and Facts
|Proper and Articulate Analysis
|Extent and Use of Research
|Clarity and Organization
|Grammar and Style
- It is compulsory for every participating team to submit a compendium consisting of all the case laws along with the memorandum.
- The last date for submission of compendium is September 12, 2021.
- Compendium shall be presented by the way of screen sharing only with permission of the judge(s).
Structure of the Competition
- The Competition shall be conducted for three days from 17th September, 2021 to 19th September, 2021.
- The timeline of the event is attached herein above.
- The Competition shall consist of the following Oral Pleading Sessions:
a. The Preliminary Rounds
b. The Quarter Final Rounds
c. The Semi-Final Rounds
d. The Final Round
- The Teams participating in a Round will be provided with a soft copy of the opposing Team's Written Submission prior to the Oral Pleading Session.
The results shall be announced shortly after each round. The decision of the judges in the rounds shall be final. For all purposes and in any dispute, the decision of the Organizing Committee of the Competition shall be final and binding.
The result of final round shall be announced at the valedictory ceremony, to be held on September 19, 2021.
Winning Team Award – The winning Team will receive a cash prize of INR 10,000 and each member will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Runner-Up Team Award –The runner-up Team will receive a cash prize of INR 7,000 and each member will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Award for the Best Speaker – The Best Speaker will receive a cash prize of INR 5000 and a Certificate of Achievement. Award for the Best Memorial – The Team will receive a cash prize of INR 5000 and each member will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
FAQs for the Competition:
- What if a team member, precisely any Speaker, gets disconnected while the Court is in session?
Answer: In any such case, the teams are requested to inform the respective court room officer, and with the further consent of the organizing committee, the aggrieved team member shall be given 10 minutes to re-join the meeting.
- Once the submissions are made by both the teams, are participants allowed to ask for valuable feedback from the bench?
Answer: It depends upon the sole discretion of the bench.
- Can any other person apart from the team join the session as a spectator?
Answer: No, any outside person who is not a participant except the OC member will be allowed to join the session. Every participant will be permitted to enter the courtroom only with their respective team codes.
- While in the court room, can a team interact with the opposing team?
Answer: No, teams are not allowed to interact with each other during the competition.
NOTE: Any query pertaining to the competition shall be sent to email@example.com by September 6, 2021. Questions submitted / clarification sought through any other means other than by e-mail shall not be entertained. A consolidated response for all questions and clarifications shall be mailed to all the participating teams on September 7, 2021.