CLEA Mooting (India Round) Competition, 11th-13th January2019
Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)
CSI College for Legal Studies, Kanakkary, Kottayam.
A Brief Report of the Competition
CSI College for Legal Studies Kanakkary, Kottayam had the unique distinction to host the prestigious India Round Mooting Competition for selection of the National team to represent India at the 21st Common Wealth Law Conference at Zambia in April this year.
Fifty Six graduate level law students from 18 institutions selected from among the 900 odd law institutions in the country participated in the first ever mooting under CLEA in Kerala. The institution can now boast to be the first Self Financing Law College in the country to host the event in India. 50 judges selected among senior faculty and jury participated in the elimination rounds in four segments. The event was organized jointly by the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) and Commonwealth Lawyers Association. The winners will attend the Commonwealth Mooting and Law Conference in Zambia represented by students from the UK, North America, Australia, Pacific Africa and Asia.
Justice Antony Dominic, Kerala State Human Rights Commission Chairperson inaugurated the unique event being organized in Kerala for the first time since the inception of the event in 1971. Justice Dominic urged the authorities to rehash the curriculum for legal studies by adding more thrust to practical applications of the laws rather than limiting to theoretical aspects.
CSI Diocesan Treasurer Rev.Thomas Paikad, presided over the inaugural function. Founding Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Bangalore Prof. Dr. N R Madhava Menon, South Asia President of CLEA Prof. Dr. S Sivakumar, Secretary CLEA South Asia and Advocate Supreme Court of India Mr. Vikram Singh Arya, Coordinator Dr. Lisa P Lukose spoke.
The two-day event drew the accolades of the legal educationalists, law practitioners, media and the general public.
Delivering the valedictory address, Justice Muhammed Mustaque, Kerala High Court urged the students of law to "come out of the box" to find niche space for themselves in the ever growing legal services in the wake of the technological explosion, new international law frame works and market oriented economy. Technology is growing exponentially touching all spheres of activity. Legal profession, advocacy and judicial disposals are not insulated from this onslaught. Services of a robot lawyer will come true in the near future. The coming days are for the committed, passionate and hardworking innovators in the legal arena who have to undo the conventional methodologies- Justice told.
In his presidential remarks, Kerala Director General of Police Loknath Behera urged the students to hone up their skill sets to become better advocates by intervening in social issues. The law schools have to offer platform for the students for their overall development.
Shruti Verma, Anisha Shekhawat and Deepak Sing Jadon of Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad won the first prize in the mooting competitions. National Law University, Bhopal became runner up and Lloyd Law College, Noida got the best memorial presentation award.
Organizing Secretary Prof. (Dr). George Joseph, South Asia President of CLEA Prof. (Dr.) S Sivakumar, CSI Diocesan Treasurer Rev.Thomas Paikad, Adv.Vikram Singh Arya, Adv. Ravi Prakash, Manohar Thairani, Kottayam District Judge P. Sanilkumar and Dan Royce spoke.
The event set a new bench mark in the brief history of the institution, honing up its meticulous organizational skills and leadership to undertake similar initiatives in years to come.