Jindal University Team Qualifies for the World Rounds of Herbert Smith Freehills Moot Court Competition - Free Press Journal

May 05, 2016

Jindal Global Law School students, Raveena Sethia, Sree Ramya Hari and Chetna Reddy, have secured a position in the World Rounds of the Herbert Smith Freehills Moot Court Competition. This is an annual mooting competition organized by The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, and sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms.

The fourth year students of Jindal not only qualified for the prestigious competition but were also awarded the King's College London Herbert Smith Freehills Scholarship for being the team with the highest score in the written round (Best Memorial Award). Congratulating the qualifying team, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, said, “It is a well-known fact that advocacy competitions require extensive preparation, through knowledge and understanding of the law, high standards of professionalism, and the ability to perform under pressure and these skills are employed in the legal profession on a daily basis. The team’s selection is testament to the outstanding performance of our students, who have demonstrated these skills on a global platform.” Professor Kumar further observed, “This competition also provides an excellent opportunity for our students to demonstrate their skills amongst international competition law specialists, which is in line with the core philosophy of our programmes that seek to promote global curriculum, global research and global interactions.” The format of the competition allows only the Top 12 teams from across the world to participate in oral [World] Rounds based on a memorial qualifier. The JGLS team is one of the twelve teams that will advance to the oral rounds to be held at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Somerset House East Wing, London. “Preparing for the HSF Moot Court Competition, has been a truly enriching experience for the team. We've enjoyed working on the problem question, and have learnt a lot about complex issues surrounding essential patents in the telecommunications sector. We are delighted to rank amongst the top twelve institutions and eagerly look forward to bringing laurels to our university,” said, Chetna Reddy, member of the qualifying team of JGLS. Prior to the submission, the trio worked closely for over two months, juggling tight schedules to fit in discussions, practice sessions and strategizing exercises. Professor Manveen Singh, one of the faculty coaches for the team and Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School, said, “The students have been working tirelessly for the past few months to qualify for the international mooting competition. The subject matter was quite technical, with a plethora of Intellectual Property and Competition issues and what they have achieved is truly commendable. We are proud of them and with the World Rounds fast approaching, we wish them further luck and success.” The Best Memorial award is a scholarship for student members from a University in a Medium or Low HDI Country (based on the UNDP Human Development Index) and has been secured by the team by scoring the highest score in the written round of the competition. The team will be participating in the World Rounds of the Moot this June and look forward to bringing the winner’s trophy to JGU.