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VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE

OF
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT 2013
4,5,6 October, 2013

VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE
OF
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT 2013
4-6 October, 2013
ABOUT US

We hail from the country of Mohandas


We want that Karamchand Gandhi who was a major political
and spiritual leader of his time. And most of all
he was a great lawyer, renouned world-wide for
education by his works.

which character ABOUT US


Education is the manifestation of perfection
is formed, already in man
- Swami Vivekananda
strength of mind Vision - To establish, maintain and promote
is increased, the excellent centers of education for imparting
quality professional education comparable
with the best in the world.
intellect is
expanded and by Motto -
perfection.
: : In pursuit of

which one can Mission - Man making, character building, nation

stand on ones building through meaningful and professional


education, comparable with the best of the world is
the mission of VIPS. To achieve this mission we at
own feet VIPS do believe that only an expert can chisel and
carve a masterpiece. Our great strength is our
learned and experienced faculty.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
As the Principal Director of Vivekananda
Institute of Professional Studies, I can proudly
say that Vivekananda Law School Moot Court
Society (VLSMCS) has done a commendable job
in bringing about the students at par with the
International standards to compete and make a
mark in the field of law.

The students at Vivekananda law school have


this extraordinary skill of understanding the law
and they are great with negotiation. Another
vitally important quality that a lawyer has to
have, is good people skills, which comes
naturally to the students of Vivekananda Law Prof. Dr V.B. Coutinho
School Moot Court Society.
(Principal-Director)
The most important quality that a lawyer must
have is good judgment. A good moot society
inculcates all these characteristics and helps in
making best of the lawyers. Vivekananda Law
School Moot Court Society committed Student
Council along with the dedicated faculty and
management has throughout made every
endeavor at Vivekananda Law School a huge
success.

The initiative of Vivekananda Law School to


start an International Law Moot Court is in
persistence of its motto of "In Pursuit of
Perfection".

I wish all the best to all the students participating


and organizing to be able to bring the teams
from law schools all over the world to compete
and prove themselves as the Ace.
VLS ACHIEVEMENTS
Vivekananda Law School(VLS) has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with National
Law School of India University, Bangalore on
20th May 2013. VIPS is the pioneer institution to
get an MOU signed with a national law school.

Highlights of Memorandum of Understanding

Faculty Exchange Programme


Student Exchange Programme
Joint Seminars and Workshops

VLS Moot Court Society

The students of Vivekananda Law School Moot


Court Society have been actively participating in
moot courts around the country.

They have participated in 5 international moot


courts and more than 20 national moot courts
securing top ranks 9 times in other colleges .

On October 20, 2012 another feather to the


achievements of VIPS was added as VIPS bagged
the Best Team and the Best Memorial trophy at
one of the leading institutions of law in Delhi.
The team was received the valuable prize by
Justice Deepak Misra.

Some Co-Curricular Activities at the institution


National and International Moot Court
Competition
Mock Trials
Legal Aid Cell
Model United Nations (MUN)
Internships and Placement

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VLS HONOURS
Text Box: Our pride, our students: VIPS is not just
a fancy highbrow tradition but rather a tradition
with an intense desire to better themselves and with
a rich legacy of success and achievement.

Students placed with top law firms:

1. Mr. Ashish Dixit (2004-09)


2. Mr. Ravi Sharma (2004-09)
3. Mr. Kanishk Agarwal (2004-09)
4. Ms. Shagun Matta (2004-09)
5. Capt. Sini Thomas (2004-09)
6. Ms. Richa Gosain (2004-09)
7. Mr. Kapil Madan (2005- 10)
8. Ms. Amandeep Kaur (2005-10)
9. Ms. Sakshi Kakkar (2005-10)
10. Ms. Swati A. Sinha (2005-10)
11. Ms. Mikita Goel (2005-10)
12. Ms. Kanchan Yadav (2005-10)

Students who secured major positions:


1. Ms. Neha Gupta (2004-09) Awarded Gold Medal
for securing first position at GGSIPU
2. Ms. Girishika Singla (2005-10)- Awarded Gold
Medal for securing first position at GGSIPU

Students who brought laurels to VIPS:


1. Surbhi Bhatia (2009-14)
2. Akansha Chawla (2009-14)
3. Satinder Kaur (2009-14)
Bought a Gold Trophy for the Best Team and the
Best Memorial at All Delhi(NCR) Moot Court
Competition 2012.

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VLS HONOURS

Students pursuing law from top universities:


1. Mr. Mayank Kapila (2006-11)
2. Ms. Surbhi Kapur (2006-11)
3. Ms. Sonam Sugandha (2006-11)
4. Ms. Gurpriya Bhatia (2007-12)
5. Ms. A.R. Rajeswari (2007-12)
6. Ms. Isha Wadhwa (2007-12)

VIPS has an excellent record of producing


judges, such as:
Ravinder singh , Special MM, Dwarka,
2001 Batch
Charu Gupta, Civil Judge Saket, 2002
Batch
Shreya Arora Mehta, Civil Judge Saket
2002 Batch
Ashish Arya, Haryana Judiciary, 2003
Batch
Gaurav Sharma, Gujrat Judiciary, 2003
Batch
Niharika Mittal, Uttrakhand Judicial
Services, 2003 Batch
Richa Gusain Solanki, Civil Judge West,
Tis Hazari, 2004 Batch
Rohit Gulia, Civil Judge West, Tis
Hazari, 2004 Batch
Nishant Garg, M.P. Judiciary, 2004
Batch
Chirag Gupta, Gujarat Judiciary, 2005
Batch
Neha Khushwaha, Uttrakhand Judicial
Services, 2005 Batch

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VIPS INTERNATIONAL MOOT
A moot court is an extracurricular activity at
many law schools in which participants take part
in simulated court proceedings, which usually
involves drafting briefs (or memorials) and
participating in oral argument. The event
particularly involves 2 phases wherein the first
phase the student research and the second where
they present the research orally in front of the
simulated courts and judges.
A domestic moot court competition tends to focus
on municipal law i.e. domestic laws of the
nation, regional and international moot
competitions tend to focus on subjects such as
public international law, international human
rights law, international humanitarian law,
international trade law, international maritime
law, and international commercial arbitration.

The Vivekananda Institute Professional Studies


International Moot Court Competition is the first
of its kind event where in teams from various
premier institutions of India and around the
globe shall participate. Institutions like Harvard,
Yale, Oxford, NUS, University Of Sydney etc.
from across boundaries and University Of Delhi,
Indian Law Societys Law College, Symbiosis
Law School, NLUs etc. from within the country
have been personally invited to be a part of this
grand event to be held in the month of October
2013.
The moot court aims to make the participants
research, deliberate and discuss upon a topic of
imminent international importance which not
only broadens the scope of their horizon but
works as an endeavour to make students realize
the happenings of the real world and how the
same are to be dealt.
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MOOT PROBLEM
Republic of Nimroth v. State of Winroth

1. Nimroth had been a colony of Acadia since 1600 AD. It had two regions, namely, Nimroth and
Winroth, separated by a 1643-kilometre long Elin river which emptied into the Nimroth Ocean. Winroth
originally belonged to the Raja of Gundustan which was later ceded to Acadia in 1924 through an
agreement. According to the agreement and the map attached to the agreement, the eastern bank of the
river Elinwas marked with a green ribbon (line) signifying the boundary between Gundustan and Acadian
Nimroth. Since Nimroth was a single colony, and a political State, the question of boundary demarcation
never arose. However, the colonial administration of Nimroth was controlled by two presidencies
Nimroth and Winroth. The administrative jurisdiction of Nimroth endedon the west bank of the Elin river
and the administrative jurisdiction of Winroth began with the east bank of Elin river, that is, the territory
east of Elin river was administered by the Winroth Presidency and the territory west of Elin river was
administered by Nimroth Presidency. The Elin River was used by riparian population of both Nimroth and
Winroth for drinking, navigation, fishing and agriculture purposes. Fishing and navigation had never
been a problem as both Presidencies were only the administrative units of an Acadian colony Nimroth.

2. In 1964, Nimroth gained independence from the Acadian rule as a result of a long bloodless
freedom struggle. Since the Winroth region insisted for a separate independent socialistState , partition of
Nimroth became inevitable. Nimroth was divided into Nimroth and Winroth, two independent states.
Nimroth is now called the Republic of Nimroth and Winroth is called the State of Winroth. Both became
members of the UN in 1964. What was the natural boundary that separated Nimroth and Gundustan
before 1924 became the boundary that now separates Nimroth and Winroth as independent countries.

3. Before independence of Nimroth, Acadia promoted the migration of its nationals to the Nimroth
region, despite Acadia being located in another continent, 4652 Kilometers away from Nimroth and
separated by the Maral Sea in the north. Now over 35 percent of the population of Nimroth is of Acadian
origin, which controls the economy of the Republic of Nimroth. Most of the Industrial establishments of
Acadia have their subsidiaries and manufacturing units in Nimroth. Nimroth is a highly industrialized
State with high per capita income. It has a population of 35 million according to the 2012 census. Its
economy is a prosperous mixed economy, with a vibrant private sector, a large state sector, and an
extensive social safety net. The government controls key areas such as the vital petroleum sector, through
extensive regulation and large-scale state-majority-owned enterprises. The country is richly endowed with
natural resources - petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals -- and is highly dependent on the
petroleum sector, which accounts for the largest portion of its export revenue and about 20% of the
government revenue. Nimroth is the world's second-largest natural gas exporter; and seventh largest oil
exporter, after making one of its largest offshore oil finds in 2011. Nimroth saves state revenue from the
petroleum sector in the world's second largest sovereign wealth fund, valued at over US $900 billion in
January 2013 and uses the fund's return to help finance public expenses. After solid GDP growth in 2004-
07, the economy slowed down in 2008, and contracted in 2009, before returning to positive growth in
2010-12. Nevertheless, the government budget is set to remain in surplus.

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4. The Government of Nimroth is run by a party composed of erstwhile conservative and liberal
bureaucrats. Elections are conducted periodically in Nimroth. But in all the elections since independence,
Roth party has formed the Government. The Government is headed by Prime Minister Sinhavin who has
an Acadian lineage. MrSinhavin hails from the family which is known for Petroleum business. His
family company OSSE controls the oil extraction in offshore and onshore operations in Nimroth. The
offshore oil wells are situated in the territorial sea of Nimroth which is adjourning to the territorial sea of
Winroth and is separated by the natural river boundary of Elin River which empties itself in Nimroth
Ocean. The Elin River is located in a seismic zone. According to recorded history, the river itself was
born out of an earthquake combined with a Tsunami in 200 BCE.

5. State of Winroth is a small developing country compared to its rich and developed
neighbourNimroth. It does not have big power industries either. It has a population of 30 million
according to 2008 census. The economy remains export-dependent, with exports accounting for 60% of
the GDP that stood at roughly US $ 270 billion in the year 2000. Winroths exports, worth approximately
US$180 billion per annum, consist primarily of agricultural products, including fish and rice. Ten percent
of the population of Winroth is living below the poverty line. Winroth is one of the premier tourist
destinations in the world. Winroths economy receives around 7% of its GDP from international tourism
revenue a figure which is nonetheless substantial as it constitutes nearly US $ 16 billion.

6. Winroth has a socialist Government ever since its independence. During the partition of Nimroth
into two states, Winroth, got only 15 percent of the territory of colonial Nimroth and one fourth of the sea
coast (around 650 kilometers). The freedom struggle in Winroth was led mainly by the agricultural
labour. Mr.Esada of Labour party has been the Prime Minister of Winroth ever since its independence.

7. In 2001, Winroths state owned petroleum company called Win petroleum struck oil around the
Tokano island, located in the territorial sea of Winroth, six kilometers east of mouth of the river Elin. The
Tokano Island is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) long and 2 miles (3.2 km) wide. It has a population of
156 people and all of them are involved in eco-tourism industry in the Island. The Mount Canaveral with
an elevation of 540 feet (160 m) is the highest point on the island and is located on a north-south ridge
occupying the island's center. The Staker Mountain, with an elevation of 511 feet (156 m), and Moore
Mountain, at 486 feet (148 m) are neighbouring summits along the ridge to the south of the island. The
terrain consists of low hills covered with temperate coniferous forests; the coastline is mainly granite
boulders, with a few rocky beaches and salt marshes. Winroth Pond, a small freshwater lake, stretches
down the eastern side of the island. Being warmer and more sheltered than the surrounding ocean, it is
used for recreation and one may occasionally see a sea plane, although no scheduled service is available.

8. On 21st November, 2001, Win Petroleum announced that its exploration well located around the
Tokano island was dug 350ft (106 metres) into the sea-bed and it produced good quality oil at the rate of
about 4,700 barrels-a-day.

9. In December 2002, Tsunami hit both Nimroth and Winroth. An unprecedented flood in the Elin
River had changed its course to the East of its original path swallowing 24 kilometres stretch

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of Winroths agricultural land. The rice and fish exports of Winroth were affected to the tune of US $80
billion.

10. In April 2002, the Foreign Ministry of Nimroth received a SECRET marked Scientific Report
from the Acadian Foreign Ministry indicating the possibility of finding huge high-quality Petroleum
reserves in the offshore areas, in the territorial sea of Winroth. The Prime Minister of Nimroth asked the
Defence Minister to study the report and look into its implications to the old and unresolved territorial
dispute between Nimroth and Winroth that culminated into an understanding between Nimroth and
Winroth, pending demarcation of boundary along the Elin River.

11. According to the understanding reached, both Nimroth and Winroth agreed that the water from
Elin River might be used by people from both sides of the river in a manner they had been using since
times immemorial, without prejudice to the demarcation of boundary based on the agreement between
Acadia and the Raja of Gundustan as early as possible.

12. To implement the understanding, Nimroth and Winroth established a Joint Task Force (JTF) to
negotiate and arrive at an acceptable boundary demarcation. During the first two meetings,Nimroth
argued that the Green line (ribbon) shown along the eastern bank of the river was the natural boundary
line between Nimroth and Winroth, therefore the entire river Elin belonged to Nimroth, and
consequently,Nimroths last base point (of the baseline) for the purpose of measuring its territorial sea
and EEZ must be the eastern bank of Elin, where it entered theNimroth Ocean. Whereas Winroth argued
that the median line of the navigable channel (Thalweg) of the Elin should be the boundary between
Nimroth and Winroth as per international law and practice and the green line (ribbon) only signified
identification of the river as a natural boundary, the subsequent practice over the years must also be taken
into consideration while interpreting the agreement. It was assessed at that point that if the interpretation
given by Nimroth was agreed to, Winroth would lose around 263 sq.miles of Exclusive Economic Zone
(EEZ), as well as the Continental Shelf, which is rich in hydrocarbons, to Nimroth. Negotiations broke as
there was no flexibility and reciprocity offered by either side. That prompted both Nimroth and Winroth
to stick to their positions.

13. In November 2011, a major earthquake of 9.6magnitude along with a Tsunami rocked Nimroth
and Winroth, leaving around 200,000 people dead and destroying more than 5000 houses in Nimroth and
Winroth. This also resulted in the formation of an island comparable in size to the Tokano island, six
nautical miles south of the Tokano island and with its northern end well within the Territorial sea of
Winroth. The sudden earthquake and the tsunami also heavily impacted the Elin River: the Elin River
further branched out in an easterly direction, 19 kilometers away from its known 2002-position. Much of
the arable land of Winroth was swallowed and the new tributary of the river almost became the main
channel of the river as the old river became a sand bed with a few water courses appearing here and there
in the form of small streams.

14. The emergence of the new island was first reported by the Acadian Space Agency to Nimroth
much before it was made known to public. On receiving the information, the Prime Minister of Nimroth
took a special cabinet meeting and it was decided in the meeting to send the Navy of Nimroth to guard
the new island. The Navy so sent planted the Nimroth flag in the place

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where the new island was emerging. It was only known to Winroth when the media reported that
Nimrothian navy was in position, guarding the newly-emerging island after planting its flag on the
emerging island. Winroth protested and condemned this move as the one violating its territorial integrity
and political independence. The Prime Minister of Winroth made a public statement that Nimroth's act of
sending its navy to the newly-emerging island in its territorial sea was violative of the UN Charter and
international law. The Foreign Secretary of Winroth summoned the Ambassador of Nimroth and handed
over a protest note. On the same day, it was notified in the official Gazette of Winroth that the new island
named X was part of the territory of Winroth and all the laws of Winroth were extended to the
emerging island X.

15. The Prime Minister of Nimroth, in his statement to the Parliament of Nimroth, said, The newly
emerging island is well within the territorial waters of Nimroth, in accordance with the river boundary
agreement between the Raja of Gundustan and Acadia which was succeeded by Nimroth and Nimroth
will do every possible thing to protect its territory from Winroth.

16. This matter was brought to the notice of the Secretary-General of the UN. The Secretary-General
made an oral report to the Security Council about the situation in the territorial waters of Nimroth and
Winroth. After a brief discussion, the Security Council called upon all the parties to make a special
effort to cooperate with the Secretary -General. The Secretary-General of the UN persuaded the Prime
Ministers of both Nimroth and Winroth to settle their dispute peacefully. The Prime Minister of Acadia
also played a major role in persuading the Prime Minister of Nirmoth to agree for the settlement of
dispute through International Court of Justice (ICJ). A special agreement to submit the dispute to the ICJ
was signed by the ambassadors of both Nimroth and Winroth in New York in the presence of their prime
ministers, when they visited the UN headquarters for participating in thehigh-level segment of the
Annual UN General Assembly session during September 2013. (Compromis attached)

17. On 4th October, 2013, both Nimroth and Winroth submitted the dispute for a special agreement to
the ICJ.

14. Nimroth requests that the Court adjudge and declare that:
(a) The entire Elin River up to the eastern bank of the river belongs to Nimroth.
(b) The last base point (of the baseline) for the maritime boundary of Nimroth is the place where the east
bank of Elin river meets the Nimroth ocean; and
(c) The islands which are now located within the territorial waters of Nimroth are the territory of
Nimroth, and Winroth is not entitled under international law to exercise its sovereignty over the islands.

15. Winroth requests that the Court adjudge and declare that:
(a) The ElinRiver boundary between Nirmroth and Winroth lies along the navigable channel of Elin
River as it stood immediately before the 2002-Tsunami.
(b) The first base point (of the baseline) of the maritime boundary of Winroth is the terminal point of the
navigable channel of ElinRiver meeting the Nimroth Ocean.

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(c) Winroth has had sovereignty over the Tokano Island since independence and it has sovereignty
over the contiguous newly-emerging X Island as well; and

(d) Nimroth is prohibited from exercising sovereignty over the maritime areas already under the
sovereignty of Winroth and the islands belonging to Winroth.

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INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

COMPROMIS
BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF NIMROTH (APPLICANT)
AND THE STATE OF WINROTH (RESPONDENT)
TO SUBMIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO STATES
CONCERNING THE DEMARCATION OF ELIN RIVER
BOUNDARY AND CORRESPONDING MARITIME BOUNDARY IN
NIMROTH OCEAN
jointly notified to the Court on October 4, 2013

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COMPROMIS
SUBMITTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
BY THE REPUBLIC OF NIMROTH AND THE STATE OF WINROTH
ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM CONCERNING
THE ELIN RIVER BOUNDARY BETWEEN REPUBLIC OF NIMROTH AND STATE OF
WINROTH AND CORRESPONDING MARITIME BOUNDARY IN NIMROTH OCEAN

Nimroth and Winroth


Considering that differences have arisen between them concerning the demarcation boundary in Elin
river and corresponding maritime boundary in Nimroth ocean and other matters;
Recognizing that the Parties concerned have been unable to settle these differences by negotiation;
Desiring further to define the issues to be submitted to the International Court of Justice;
Therefore, Nimroth and Winroth have concluded the following Compromis:
Article 1
The Parties submit the questions contained in the Compromis (together with Clarifications to follow) to the
International Court of Justice pursuant to Article 40(1) of the Statute of the Court.
Article 2
(a) The Court is requested to decide the Case on the basis of the rules and principles of general
international law, as well as any applicable treaties.
(b) The Court is also requested to determine the legal consequences, including the rights and obligations
of the Parties, arising from its judgment on the questions presented in the Case.
Article 3
(a) All questions of procedure and rules shall be regulated in accordance with the provisions of the
Official Rules of the VIPS International Law Moot Court Competition.
(b) The Parties request the Court to order that the written proceedings should consist of Memorials
presented by each of the parties not later than _________ 2013.

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Article 4
(a) The Parties shall accept any Judgment of the Court as final and binding upon them and shall
execute it in its entirety and in good faith.
(b) Immediately after the transmission of any Judgment, the Parties shall enter into negotiations on the
modalities for its execution.

In witness whereof, the undersigned, being duly authorized to do so, have signed the present Compromis
and have affixed thereto their respective seals of office.

Done in NewYork, USA, this 11th day of September 2013, in triplicate in the English language.

Ambassador of the Republic of Nimroth Ambassador of the State of Winroth


to the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the Kingdom of The Netherlands

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JOINT NOTIFICATION
ADDRESSED TO THE REGISTRAR OF THE COURT:

The Hague, 4 October 2013

On behalf of the Republic of Nimroth and the State of Winroth, in accordance with Article 40(1)
of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, we have the honour to transmit to you an original of
the Compromis for Submission to the International Court of Justice of the Differences between the
Republic of Nimroth and the State of Winroth Concerning the demarcation of Elin river boundary,
signed in New York, USA, on 11 September 2013.

Ambassador of the Republic of Nimroth Ambassador of the State of Winroth


to the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the Kingdom of The Netherlands

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RULES AND REGULATIONS
I. Date and Venue:
4th, 5th and 6th of October, 2013 at Vivekananda Law School, Vivekananda Institute of
Professional Studies, AU Block, Pitampura, New Delhi, India 110088
II. Dress Code:
Formal wear
For Indian teams:
Ladies: Indian / western formal wear (white and black with black blazer)
Gentlemen: White shirt, black tie, black trousers with black blazer and formal black shoes.
For Teams from outside India:
Teams to wear Formals according to their respective country.
III. Language:
The entire proceedings in the competition, written as well as oral, shall be exclusively in
English.
IV. Eligibility:
The competition is open for law students currently pursuing their Bachelors degree in law i.e.
3 Year LL.B. Programme or 5 Year LL.B. Programme for Indian students. For foreign teams,
the competition is open to the students pursuing equivalent undergraduate degree in law in
their respective country.
V. Team Composition:
1. Each team shall consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 members. This number
cannot be modified under any circumstances.
2. Each team shall include two Orators, who will be accompanied by one researcher, all of
whom shall have to be accordingly designated during the registration process.
3. In case of a team consisting of 2 members, both the member shall be deemed to be as
Orators.
4. Each team will be allotted a team code. The team code shall be sent to the teams
through mail after the registration is complete.
5. Teams shall not disclose their identity or of their institution or city, country etc. during
any time of the competition; such disclosure shall invite penalties including
disqualification. The decision for the same shall be at the discretion of the organizers
VI. Registration:
1. Soft copies of registration form and bank draft are to be sent latest by 20th July 2013
and hard copies of the same is to submitted latest by 30th July 2013
2. The soft copies of the registration form and the bank draft shall be sent to
internationalmoot@vips.edu. The filled registration forms which contain the details of
students taking part along with the hard copy of the draft should be received latest by
30th July 2013 via post to the postal address: The Chairperson, Vivekananda Law
School Moot Court Society, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, AU
Block, Pitampura, New Delhi 110088. The registration form shall contain the details
of the participants, signature along with the seal of the college. The Registration form is
available to be downloaded and printed from this brochure itself.
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VII. Rounds.
There will be one Preliminary Round of Argument divided into two parts, a quarter- final, a
semi-final and a final round.
Preliminary Rounds:
1. Each oral round will be for a period of 60 minutes, (inclusive of Rebuttals) wherein
each Team will be allotted 30 minutes including the time for Rebuttals. Any extension
of time beyond this specified period is subject to the discretion of the Panel.
2. No Orator of a Team shall speak for more than 15 minutes, excluding the time reserved
for rebuttals.
3. No team shall reserve more than 5 minutes for Rebuttals.
4. No Researcher of any Team will be permitted to speak but would be allowed to
communicate with his/her team members in a discreet manner.
5. Top eight teams will qualify for the Quarters. The qualification to the quarter finals
will be based on :-
a) Aggregate marks of the team
b) In case of a tie, teams with the higher score in the Memorandum of submission shall
proceed.
Quarter Final / Semi Final and Final Rounds:
1. Each oral round will be for a period of 80 minutes, (including rebuttals), wherein each
Team will be allowed 40 minutes. Any extension of time beyond this specified period
is subject to the discretion of the panel.
2. No Orator of a Team shall speak for more than 25 minutes, including the time reserved
for Rebuttals.
3. No Team shall reserve more than 5 minutes for Rebuttals.
4. No Researcher of any Team will be permitted to speak but would be allowed to
communicate with his/her team members in a discreet manner.
VIII. Memorandum of Written Submissions:
1. The following requirements must be strictly followed with respect to submission of
Memorandum of Written Submissions. Non- conformities will be liable to penalties
while awarding marks thereon.
2. Each team must prepare Memorandum of Written Submissions for both sides to the
dispute (Petitioner/Appellant and Respondent).
3. Once the Memorandum of Written Submissions have been submitted, no revisions,
supplements, or additions will be Allowed however teams may carry annexure along
with and can submit them in the beginning of each round.
4. Teams shall send a soft-copy of the Memorandum of Written Submissions in Adobe
PDF/Word .doc format only, to internationalmoot@vips.edu on or before 15th
September, 2013.

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5. Eight copies of each Memorandum of Written Submission for Petitioner/Appellant and
Respondent (together Sixteen) must reach the organizers latest by 25th September, 2013.
Participants are advised to carry copies of Memorandum of Written Submissions during the
competition for their own perusal.
6. Not adherence to the rules and late submission of Memorandum of Written Submissions
would lead to deduction of 3 Marks and 5 Marks for each day of delay respectively.
7. The Memorandum of Written Submissions have to be submitted on typed A4 size paper
printed on one side and must contain:
Team code on top right corner of 1st page
Case Title
The Table of Contents.
The Index of Authorities.
The Statement of Jurisdiction.
The Statement of Facts (1 page only).
The Statement of Issues.
The Summary of Arguments (3 page only).
The Arguments Advanced (25 pages).
The Prayer.
Total of 45 pages
Format requirements:
Font: Times New Roman
Font size: 12 and for footnotes, 10
Line Spacing: 1.5, Margin: 1 inch
Memorandum of Written Submissions should be spiral bound and not stapled
Cover page must be placed on Memorandum of Written Submissions as follows:
Petitioner/Appellant - Blue Colour,
Respondent- Red Colour
X. Scoring:
A. Parameters for judging orals shall be:
1. Knowledge of facts.
2. Logical reasoning.
3. Organization and Clarity.
4. Persuasiveness.
5. Deference to the Court.
6. Proper and articulate analysis of the issues arising out of facts.
7. Ability to explain legal principles clearly.
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B. Written submissions (Memorandum of Written Submissions):
1. Any revisions, supplements or additions to the Memorandum of Written Submissions after
submission shall not be allowed.
2. A total of 100 points will be awarded for each of the Memorandum of Written
Submissions.
C. Parameters for marking Memorandum of Written Submissions shall be:
a) Logical progression of ideas.
b) Originality in analysis and arguments.
c) Understanding essential legal issues presented.
d) Clear, concise and unambiguous writing style.
e) Forceful and persuasive presentation.
f) Integration of facts into legal arguments.
g) Understanding and analysis of authority.
h) Proper use of citations and citation form.
i) Effective use of authority to support arguments.
j) Neatness, legibility, no typos or format errors
XI. Awards:
a. Best Team- Rs 50,000/-
b. Runners-Up Team- Rs 30,000/-
c. Best Advocate- Rs 15,000/-
d. Best Memorandum of Written Submission- Rs 10,000/-
f. Along with the Awards, the winner/s of the respective award shall get a certificate of Merit
and every Participant will be given Certificate of Appreciation. In no case will the
participant team be given their respective certificate prior to the Valedictory function and
will be given only after the Valedictory. Also, under any circumstance the Certificate of
Appreciation/merit and awards will not be couriered.

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XII. Scouting:
1. Teams will not be allowed to observe the orals of any other team. Scouting is strictly
prohibited. Scouting by any of the team members will result in immediate
disqualification.
2. In this regard, the organizers' decision will be final.
3. The researchers shall sit with the Orators at the time of the orals and shall not attend
the court sessions of any other team participating in the competition.
XIII. Accommodation, Food and Transport:
1. Accommodation- Accommodation shall be provided only to the outstation teams on
the days of the competition only i.e. from 4-6 October 2013. It shall be extended to the
members of the team (maximum three) only. Team/s shall be responsible for any/all
damages caused by them during their stay.
2. Food- Food shall be provided to all the teams only on the three days of the
competition.
3. Transport- Transportation between the accommodation and the college for the
participating teams shall be provided and also from the Railway Station/Airport.
XIII .Code of Conduct:
1. The participants must behave in a dignified manner and not cause any inconvenience
to the organizers.
2. Any participant found misbehaving with other participants or volunteers will be
disqualified immediately.
3. Deference to the Judges of the moot court competition must be maintained inside and
outside the Court Hall.
4. Participants will be entirely disqualified from the competition on the following
Grounds
a. If found smoking or consuming/ carrying drugs or alcohol in the campus or
Accommodation.
b. If found misbehaving, or causing nuisance, or making abusive statements,
showing disrespect towards judges, co-participants or members of the host
institution.
XIV. Payment Details
The registration fee for the international moot court competition is Rs.2500 and 20th July,
2013 is the last date for the submission of the same in soft copy and 30 th July for hard copy.
All the national teams are required to make the payment in form of a bank draft in the name of
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies Law School payable at Delhi. The payment
details for international teams will be mailed to them manually by the organizers.
XV. Miscellaneous:
The organizers' decision with regard to the interpretation of rules or any other matter related
to the competition will be final and binding.
If there is any situation which is not contemplated in the rules, the organizers' decision on the
same will be final and binding.
The organizers
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alter, modify,
2013 or repeal any of the above rules without
any prior notification, if so required and as they may deem appropriate.
XVI. Contact Address/Numbers:
1. Registration Form, All Memorandum of Written Submissions and Travel Plan should be
sent to the following address:
Vivekananda Law School,
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies,
AU Block,Pitampura,
New Delhi,
India 110088
Phone: Ms. Deepti Kohli (Faculty In-charge): +91- 9899710439

The teams may also contact the following for any clarifications with regard to the moot
problem or the rules of the competition:

Moot court society:


Surbhi Bhatia (Chairperson): +91- 9999976514
Manik Ahluwalia (Vice-Chairperson): +91- 9891517513
Bhavesh Verma (Secretary): +91-9899389954
Nishant Tyagi (Convener): +91- 9953157150
Sonal Alagh (Co-Convener): +91- 7838573750

2. Queries regarding the problem:


All the queries regarding problem, rules and regulation shall be mailed to
internationamoot@vips.edu and the same will be cleared by the organizers.
Any queries after 20th July, 2013 with regard to problem will not be entertained, except at
the sole discretion of the organizers'.

3. For Accommodation and Transportation:


All teams shall send their travel plan at least 2 weeks prior to their arrival. All teams will be
picked from the respective Railway and Bus station and airport by our College
representatives. Teams shall be provided with assistance to reach the accommodation.

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REGISTRATION
VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
1st International Moot Court Competition, 2013

TEAM REGISTRATION FORM


REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Please fill out all the sections of the Registration Form for participation in the 1st
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies International Moot Court Competition,
2013.
(1) The Team Registration Form should reach via post to the Organizing Committee
no later than July 20th in soft and July 30th in hard copy format. Registration
Forms received after this deadline will not be considered for participation in the
competition. The Registration form shall be addressed to the following:
To: The Chairperson,
Vivekananda Law School Moot Court Society,
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
AU-Block, Pitampura, New Delhi 110088
Ph no. 011-27343401
Contact email-id: internationalmoot@vips.edu
www.vips.edu
(2) Upon receipt of the Team Registration Form and the Team Registration Fees, the
registered team shall be assigned a Team Code which will be sent to the teams
Official Team Contact Person.

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REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
A. Participant Information:
The number of participants in a team shall be minimum of two and maximum of three.
Information required hereinafter is mandatory to be filled in the registration form.
Two passport size photographs of each team member, should be sent along with this
Application Form.

Institution/College/ University Information:

Name of Institution/ College/ University:

Address:

Postal Code:

City:

Country:

Official College Contact Person (preferably a faculty)


Name:
Ph. No.:
Signature:

Seal of the Institution:


Date:

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Team Member 1 - The Official Team Contact Person

Full Name:

Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy):

Sex:

Nationality:

Address:

Postal Code:

City:

Country:

Mobile No.:

Email:

Current Institution/ University/ College:

Current degree studied:

Previous degrees obtained:

Specify: Speaker ( ) / Researcher ( )

Signature:

Date:

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Team Member 2

Full Name:

Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy):

Sex:

Nationality:

Address:

Postal Code:

City:

Country:

Mobile No.:

Email:

Current Institution/ University/ College:

Current degree studied:

Previous degrees obtained:

Specify: Speaker ( ) / Researcher ( )

Signature:

Date:

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Team Member 3

Full Name:

Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy):

Sex:

Nationality:

Address:

Postal Code:

City:

Country:

Mobile No.:

Email:

Current Institution/ University/ College:

Current degree studied:

Previous degrees obtained:

Specify: Speaker ( ) / Researcher ( )

Signature:

Date:

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VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
1st International Moot Court Competition, 2013

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION PLAN


TRAVEL DETAILS
1. NAME OF INSTITUTION
________________________________________________________________________
_____
________________________________________________________________________
_____
2. CONTACT PERSON:
________________________________________________________
3. E-MAIL ID:
________________________________________________________________
4. PHONE NO.:
_______________________________________________________________
5. TEAM
CODE:______________________________________________________________

*The accommodation and food shall be provided by the college during the dates of the
competition i.e. 4,5 and 6 October, 2013. Any team coming before or leaving after the
dates of the competition is asked to make their own arrangements.

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1. ARRIVAL DETAILS : (TICK THE APPROPRIATE)
A. MODE OF ARRIVAL: TRAIN ___ FLIGHT ___ BUS ___
B. TRAIN NO. / FLIGHT NO. / BUS NO.:
________________________________________________________________________
_____
C. DATE OF ARRIVAL:
________________________________________________________
D. EXPECTED TIME OF ARRIVAL:
_______________________________________________

2. DEPARTURE DETAILS : (TICK THE APPROPRIATE)


A. MODE OF ARRIVAL: TRAIN__ FLIGHT__ BUS __
B. TRAIN NO. / FLIGHT NO. / BUS
NO.:___________________________________________
C. DATE OF DEPARTURE:
_____________________________________________________
D. EXPECTED TIME OF DEPARTURE:
____________________________________________

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS:
1. ACCOMMODATION FACILITY REQUIRED: YES/ NO

IF YES, THEN:
A. NUMBER OF MALE PARTICIPANTS: ________________
B. NUMBER OF FEMALE PARTICIPANTS: ______________

SIGNATURE:

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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Ms. Deepti Kohli,


Assistant Professor-VIPS,
Faculty In charge- VLS Moot Court Society
(+91)- 9899710439

Ms. Surbhi Bhatia,


Chairperson, VLS Moot Society,
(+91)- 9999976514

Mr. Manik Ahluwalia,


Vice Chairperson, VLS Moot Society,
(+91)-9891517513

Mr. Bhavesh Verma,


Secretary, VLS Moot Society,
(+91)-9899389954

Mr. Nishant Tyagi,


Convener- VLS Moot Society
(+91)-9953157150

Ms. Sonal Alagh,


Co-convener, VLS Moot Society
(+91)-7838573750

Email: internationalmoot@vips.edu

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DESIGNERS

Designed and Content by: Address:


Vivekananda Institute of
Dhruv Pande Professional Studies
Akshay Chowdhary AU Block (Outer Ring Road),
Pitampura, Delhi - 110034
Photos by:
Phone:
Kajol Rustagi +91 (11) 27343401, 27343402,
27343403

Website: www.vips.edu

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