Monday, 13 January 2014

20th M.C. Chagla Memorial Government Law College National Moot Court Competition, 2014


20th M.C. Chagla Memorial Government Law College National Moot Court Competition, 2014

The Government Law College, Mumbai in association with the Chief Justice M. C. Chagla Memorial Trust organised the 20th M. C. Chagla Memorial Government Law College National Moot Court Competition on 11th & 12th January, 2014.

The Moot Court Association of Government Law College has been hosting the M. C. Chagla Memorial Moot Court Competition for several years. It began as a city-level moot court competition, which was later expanded to a state-level competition. Due to the overwhelming response that we have been receiving, the Competition, since its 18th edition, has been raised to a national platform.

Late Mr. M. C. Chagla was appointed as the First Indian Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. He also served as the Ambassador to USA, Mexico, Cuba, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bombay, High Commissioner to England and Union Minster for Education. In the fight against Emergency, the contribution made by this great legal luminary is indeed of tremendous significance. Chief Justice M. C. Chagla also served as a Professor of Constitutional Law at the Government Law College for a number of years. He worked tirelessly for the causes of civil liberty, individual freedom and political democracy and this moot court competition promises to be a fitting tribute to his legacy.

The Moot Court Competition is based purely on Constitutional Law and requires teams to argue on a moot proposition across Preliminary, Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final Round of Arguments. The rounds of the competition are judged by eminent professors and practicing lawyers of the Bombay High Court with the Final Rounds being judged by sitting Judges of the Bombay High Court.

The moot proposition of the 20th edition of this competition was in the form of a Public Interest Litigation filed in the Supreme Court challenging a Constitutional Amendment made to Article 124 of the Constitution. A Commission has been set up which recommends Judges for their appointment to the Higher Judiciary. The moot problem challenges the constitutional validity of the same.

The 20th Edition witnessed 16 of the best law colleges in the country competing to win the coveted trophy. The participating colleges were:
1)     Chanakya National Law University, Patna
2)     Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai
3)     Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow
4)     Government Law College, Mumbai
5)     National Law University, Delhi
6)     National Law Institute University, Bhopal
7)     National Law University, Jodhpur
8)     National Law School of India University, Bangalore
9)     National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
10) Symbiosis Law School, Noida
11) Symbiosis Law School, Pune
12) School of Excellence in Law, Chennai
13)University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University
14) Faculty of Law, Allahabad University
15) National Law University, Odisha
16) Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
The preliminary rounds were held on 11th of January in the GLC premises. The quarter finals were held on the 12th of January. The following teams made it to the semi-final rounds:
1)     Government Law College, Mumbai
2)     Chanakya National Law University, Patna
3)     Symbiosis Law School, Noida
4)     Symbiosis Law School, Pune
The semi-final rounds were judged by senior counsels of the Bombay High Court. The judges were:
1)     Mr. J.P. Cama
2)     Mr. T.N. Subramanian
3)     Mr. Percy Pardiwalla
4)     Mr. Aspi Chinoy
5)     Mr. Pradeep Sancheti

The final round of arguments was held at the Walchand Hirachand Hall, Indian Merchants Chamber, Churchgate on the 12th of January. The finalists were Chanakya National Law University, Patna and Symbiosis Law School, Noida.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice V.M. Kanade and Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.S. Sonak, sitting judges of the Bombay High Court were the judges for the final round. After an intense round of arguments, the valedictory function was presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice V.M. Kanade and Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.S. Sonak, Mr. Iqbal Chagla and Mr. Riyaz Chagla, trustees of the Chief Justice M.C. Chagla Memorial Trust, Mr. R.B. Malik, Principal, Government Law College, Mumbai, Prof. Kishu Daswani, Professor, Government Law College and Mr. Raghav Dev Garg, General Secretary of the Moot Court Association of Government Law College.

Mr. R.B. Malik, Principal, Government Law College delivered the welcome address. He exclaimed that remembering Chief Justice M.C. Chagla would give the students a path to cross their own path successfully. He also appreciated the efforts of the Moot Court Association for organising the competition brilliantly and making it feel like a real life court proceeding.

Mr. Iqbal Chagla while addressing the audience expressed that the quality of this moot competition cannot be described in mere words and the level of advocacy of the participants is simply incredible.

Mr. Riyaz Chagla in his address expressed how the level of this competition has been increasing ever since its inception. From a city level to a state level and now a national level competition, within a span of 20 years is commendable.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.S. Sonak congratulated the teams and all participants and expressed how he was impressed by the excellent organisation of this competition. He also appreciated the efforts of the finalists: from research to drafting to the advocacy.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice V.M. Kanade congratulated the Moot Court Association for having organised this competition at the national level in the name of Chief Justice M.C. Chagla. He also told that these competitions now provide a lot of exposure and experience to law students.  He also shared some of his initial experiences at the bar when no such competitions were conducted in colleges.

The moot court competition had various awards. The award for the Best Memorial went to Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Mr. Anmolan of Chanakya National Law University was awarded the 2nd Best Speaker and Ms. Rima Desai of Government Law College, Mumbai was awarded the Best Speaker.

Symbiosis Law School, Noida bagged the award for the 2nd Best Team whereas Chanakya National Law University, Patna was declared the Best Team of the 20th M.C. Chagla Memorial Government Law College National Moot Court Competition, 2014.
Professor Kishu Daswani spoke about the level of the competition with 24 courtrooms, 50 judges with the semi finals being judged by senior advocates and the finals being judged by sitting judges of the Bombay High Court, across 4 rigorous oral rounds.


Mr. Raghav Dev Garg, General Secretary of the Moot Court Association delivered the vote of thanks. He thanked the teams for coming from all across the nation for this moot court competition and thanked the Hon’ble Judges of the Bombay High Court for sparing their valuable time and judging the final rounds of the competition.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

20th M.C. Chagla Memorial Government Law College National Moot Court Competition 2014

The Government Law College, Mumbai in association with the Chief Justice M. C. Chagla Memorial Trust is pleased to announce the 20th M. C. Chagla Memorial Government Law College National Moot Court Competition on 11th & 12th January, 2014.

The Moot Court Association of Government Law College has been hosting the M. C. Chagla Memorial Moot Court Competition for several years. It began as a city-level moot court competition, which was later expanded to a state-level competition. Due to the overwhelming response that we have been receiving, the Competition, since its 18th edition, has been raised to a national platform.

Late Mr. M. C. Chagla was appointed as the First Indian Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. He also served as the Ambassador to USA, Mexico, Cuba, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bombay, High Commissioner to England and Union Minster for Education. In the fight against Emergency, the contribution made by this great legal luminary is indeed of tremendous significance. Chief Justice M. C. Chagla also served as a Professor of Constitutional Law at the Government Law College for a number of years. He worked tirelessly for the causes of civil liberty, individual freedom and political democracy and this moot court competition promises to be a fitting tribute to his legacy.

The last date for the submission of Registration Form is 30th November, 2013. All memorials must be submitted on or before 20th December, 2013.

Accommodation will be provided to the participants for the duration of the Competition. Participation in the Competition is limited to 16 colleges only which will be decided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Kindly contact mca@glcmumbai.com or mcaglc@gmail.com for further details.

 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

10th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition, 2013

FINALS AND VALEDICTORY

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) Bar Association in association with the Moot Court Association of Government Law College organised the 10th edition of the Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition, from 3-5th October, 2013.

This year’s moot proposition was based on transfer pricing issues with regards to the issue of shares by Indian Subsidiaries to their foreign Associated Enterprises and whether these transactions must be covered under Chapter X and Arms Length Price has to be calculated on the same. Further, it also dealt with secondary adjustments when a Transfer Pricing Adjustment has been made and the basis of such Transfer Pricing Adjustments.

The inauguration of the 10th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition was held at the Auditorium of Government Law College, Mumbai on the 3rd of October.

Hon’ble Mr. H.L. Karwa, President of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal presided over the function as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Mr. D. Manmohan, Vice-President, (Mumbai Zone) of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) was the Guest of Honour for the evening. The inauguration was held in the august presence of Mr. A.P. Sathe, President, ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai; Mr S.K. Poddar, National President, All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP), Dr. K. Shivaram, Past President, ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai and Past National President of the AIFTP. The souvenir commemorating the event was released by the Chief Guest Mr. H.L. Karwa.

Twenty six teams from across the nation participated in rigorous rounds to win the coveted trophy. The preliminary rounds were held on 4th of October. Eight teams based on their performance and aggregate scores qualified for the quarter final rounds, which were held on the 5th of October. Next, the top four teams including Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat; School of Law, Sastra University; NALSAR, Hyderabad and Symbiosis Law Scool, Pune proceeded to the semi-final rounds.

The Final Rounds of the competition are and will always continue to be judged by a Full Bench of sitting Judges of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court. The finals, held on 5th of October at Y.B. Chavan Auditorium, Mumbai was presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.J. Vazifdar, Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.A. Sayed and Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.S. Sanklecha, Judges of the Bombay High Court. Jindal Global Law School and Symbiosis Law College, Pune were the finalists.

After an intense round of arguments and priceless words of encouragement by the dignitaries and Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.J. Vazifdar, the results were declared. The award for the Best Researcher went to Ms. Akshaya Sachin of School of Law, Sastra University. The submissions by Law Centre-I, Faculty of Law, Delhi University was adjudged as the Best Memorial. Ms. Preeti Dash of National Law University, Orissa was declared as the Best Speaker and was awarded with an internship under Mr. S.E. Dastur, Senior Counsel, Bombay High Court. The award for the Second Best Speaker went to Ms. Ritika Sinha of NLSIU, Bangalore.

The 2nd Best Team, Symbiosis Law School, Pune was awarded with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 along with an Internship at Economic Law Practices, Mumbai.
Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat was declared as the Best Team and was awarded with a trophy, a cash prize of Rs. 12,500 and an Internship with leading International Tax & Law Firm, Nishith Desai & Associates.

The 9th Nani Palkhivala Memorial Research Paper Competition, 2013 was held parallel to the Moot Court Competition. Mr. Anurag Soan and Ms. Shreya Ganju of Symbiosis Law School, Pune were awarded the prize for the best research paper which included gold medals, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 10,000. The 2nd position was secured by Ms. Smriti Tripathi and Mr. Vasu Nigam from National Law Institute University, Bhopal. They were awarded with silver medals, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 7500.  The award for the 3rd best research paper went to Mr. Hemant Kothari from National Law University, Delhi. He was awarded with a bronze medal, certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5000.

The event was a great success due to the help and support of the members of the ITAT, AIFTP, ITAT Bar Association and the Moot Court Association. Special thanks to Prof. Sanjay V. Kadam, Chairman, Moot Court Association and Mr. R.B. Malik, Principal, Government Law College, for their guidance and support. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

10th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition, 2013


Inaugural Function

With a heritage spanning a century and a half, the Government Law College, Mumbai has dominated the legal landscape of India since its inception in 1855. This esteemed institution enjoys the distinction of being one of Asia’s oldest Law Colleges. Generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have been nurtured by this unique institution, have made a seminal contribution to the evolution of the Indian legal System.  
One such legal luminary, Mr. Nani A. Palkhivala was a legend in the field of Income Tax and Constitutional Law and a former Professor at the Government Law College for a number of years. His contribution to law and his efforts to ensure that justice is done can never be estimated.
From the past 10 years, the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) Bar Association in association with the Moot Court Association of Government Law College has been organising a taxation based moot court competition. This competition has the distinction of being India’s first moot court competition based exclusively on the subject of Taxation. The Rounds of the competition are held at the ITAT Courtrooms itself and are judged by the Hon’ble Members and Professionals of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.
The inauguration of the 10th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition was held at the Auditorium of Government Law College, Mumbai on the 3rd of October.
Hon’ble Mr. H.L. Karwa, President of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal presided over the function as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Mr. D. Manmohan, Vice-President, (Mumbai Zone) of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) was the Guest of Honour for the evening. The inauguration was held in the august presence of Mr. A.P. Sathe, President, ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai; Mr S.K. Poddar, National President, All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP), Dr. K. Shivaram, Past President, ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai and Past National President of the AIFTP.
Principal of Government Law College Mr. R.B. Malik presented the welcome address. He rightly mentioned that Mr. Palkhivala was the most important person in the history of jurists. He appreciated the efforts of the Moot Court Association as to how it singularly coordinates all mooting activities at GLC, promotes exposure to the youth and provides a very supportive environment for honing advocacy skills of the students.
Mr. A.P. Sathe while addressing the audience humbly suggested that a stamp must be issued in the memory and honour of Mr. Nani Palkhivala. Dr. K. Shivaram in his words of encouragement to the participants reiterated that the contribution of Mr. Palkhivala to law cannot be measured and students must take inspiration from his life and efforts. Mr. S.K. Poddar highlighted the importance of moot court competitions as a medium for gaining knowledge in the field of law which cannot be learnt in college classrooms.
The souvenir commemorating the event was released by the Chief Guest Mr. H.L. Karwa.
The vote of thanks was presented by Professor Sanjay V. Kadam, Chairman of the Moot Court Association and Mr. Raghav Dev Garg, General Secretary of the Moot Court Association.
Twenty six teams from across the nation are participating in this competition. The preliminary rounds shall be held on 4th of October. Eight teams shall then be proceeding to the quarter final rounds, which shall be held on the 5th of October. The top four teams shall then move to the semi-final rounds.
The finals, to be held on 5th of October at Y.B. Chavan Auditorium, Mumbai shall be presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.J. Vazifdar, Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.A. Sayed and Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.S. Sanklecha, Judges of the Bombay High Court. The Final Rounds of the competition are and will always continue to be judged by a Full Bench of sitting Judges of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court.
This year’s moot proposition is based on transfer pricing issues with regards to the issue of shares by Indian Subsidiaries to their foreign Associated Enterprises and whether these transactions must be covered under Chapter X and Arms Length Price has to be calculated on the same. Further, it also deals with secondary adjustments when a Transfer Pricing Adjustment has been made and the basis of such Transfer Pricing Adjustments.


Saturday, 28 September 2013

Results of the 9th Nani Palkhivala Memorial Research Paper Competition, 2013

We are pleased to announce the results of this research paper writing competition. 

1st place: Anurag Soan and Shreya Ganju
Symbiosis Law College, Pune

2nd place: Smriti Tripathi and Vasu Nigam
NLIU, Bhopal

3rd place: Hemant Kothari
NLU-Delhi

Congratulations to all the winners! We truly appreciate the efforts of all the participants. We shall be dispatching the certificates and medals soon.

Monday, 23 September 2013

15th D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, 2014

It is our pleasure to announce the 15th edition of the D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition (DMH), hosted by the Government Law College, Mumbai, India, in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation.

The Competition is scheduled to be held from 6th - 9th February, 2014. The Government Law College, Mumbai, India is pleased to invite a team from your esteemed institution to participate in this venerated moot court competition. 

The year 2014 marks the 159th anniversary of Government Law College, Mumbai. With a heritage spanning a century and a half, the Government Law College has dominated the legal landscape of India since its inception in 1855. The generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have been nurtured by this unique institution have made a seminal contribution to the evolution of the Indian Legal System. The contribution of the alumni to the constitutional and jurisprudential growth of India is certainly unparalleled. 
  
DMH is India's first International Moot Court Competition and was started in the year 2000 as a National Moot Court Competition. However, it has been open to international entrants since the past eight years. The competition is the most acclaimed moot court competition in India and has over the years given an opportunity to law students across the world to develop plenary skills in the area of advocacy.

It is a matter of great pride for us that teams from Universities / Colleges in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Mauritius, Spain, Greece, West Indies, Ireland, Australia, Ethiopia and Nigeria have participated in this annual event thus making it a truly global experience. Apart from Universities participating from the aforementioned countries, selected premier Indian Law Colleges/Universities are invited, thereby enhancing the competitiveness and quality of the competition.

University of Cambridge (U.K), Cornell Law School (USA), Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, USA), King’s College (London, U.K.), Bond University (Australia), Howard University of Law (USA), New York University School of Law (USA), University of Sussex (UK), NALSAR, (Hyderabad, India), Government Law College (Mumbai, India), Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar, India) National Law University (Delhi, India) are some of the institutes that have in the past taken home coveted awards.

 The case study of the competition deals primarily with issues relating to Public International Law with elements of private international law, highlighting the emerging legal landscape and has been drafted by experts in the field. Judges of the highest regard in India, academicians and experts in the field of International Law arrive in Mumbai to adjudicate the competition. In the past years, the Final Rounds of Argument have been judged by a bench of five sitting judges of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court.

The participants are made to go through extensive Mooting Rounds, to ensure that only the two best Teams reach the Final Round of Arguments. The Moot Court Competition is conducted over 4 days where the participating teams go through 2 Preliminary Rounds of Argument where they would be arguing each side once, 2 Octo-Final Rounds of Argument, the Quarter-Final Rounds of Argument, the Semi-Final Rounds of Argument and finally, the Final Round of Arguments. A unique feature of our Competition is a Panel Discussion that is held on a topic revolving around the subject of the Compromis which witnesses the representation of eminent personalities of international stature from the fields of law, politics, media, etc. All participants are also to present their Written Submissions tentatively a month prior to the Competition.

The Moot Court Association of the Government Law College would like to invite a team from your University/College to participate in this enriching experience. In upholding its long tradition of hospitality, the organizers of the competition will provide complimentary accommodation, food and intra-city conveyance for all the participants during the days of the competition.

Comprehensive information about the moot along with the case study, Written Submissions, Rules and other details of the previous years can be accessed from the competition website http://mcaglc.org/dmh.html

Contact for details:
Mr. Raghav Dev Garg
(0091) 9892277257

You may in the alternative email us at dmh.glc@gmail.com or mca@glcmumbai.com.

Please Note-
The following Ten (10) Indian Colleges that had made it through to the Octo-Final Rounds of Argument in the previous edition of the Competition have directly qualified for the 14th D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition 2013.

1)      National Law University, Delhi
2)      National Law School of India University, Bangalore
3)      National Law University, Jodhpur
4)     Government Law College, Mumbai
5)      NALSAR, Hyderabad
6)      ILS Law College, Pune
7)      Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
8)      WB National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata
9)      National Law Institute University, Bhopal
10) Symbiosis Law School, Noida
(Please note that this list is in no particular order)

Monday, 5 August 2013

10th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition, 2013

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) Bar Association in association with the Moot Court Association of Government Law College is pleased to announce the 10th Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition to be held from 3rd – 5th October, 2013.

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) is the apex body of tax associations & practitioners in India and was formed in the year 1976 in the presence of Mr. Nani Palkhivala and Justice J. C. Shah, Former Chief Justice of India. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) Bar Association is an association of professionals, who regularly appear before the ITAT. Mr. Nani Palkhivala was the President of ITAT Bar Association from 1968 to 2002. He was a legend in the field of Income Tax and Constitutional Law and a former Professor at the Government Law College for a number of years. He strived to further the cause of education and this moot court competition promises to be a fitting tribute to his legacy.

With a heritage spanning a century and a half, the Government Law College, Mumbai has dominated the legal landscape of India since its inception in 1855. This esteemed institution enjoys the distinction of being one of Asia’s oldest Law Colleges. Generations of distinguished legal luminaries who have been nurtured by this unique institution, have made a seminal contribution to the evolution of the Indian legal System. The College has consistently maintained high standards of education by emphasizing on the crucial balance between academics and extra-curricular activities.

This competition has the distinction of being India’s first moot court competition based exclusively on the subject of Taxation. The Rounds of the competition will be held at the ITAT Courtrooms itself and will be judged by the Hon’ble Members and Professionals of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. The Final Rounds of the competition will be judged by a Full Bench of sitting Judges of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court.

We cordially invite your college to participate in the Moot Court Competition. Please find enclosed, a copy of the Case Study and the Rules governing the competition.

In addition to the trophies and cash awards mentioned in the Rules, the winners of the Best Team, Best Speaker & 2nd Best Speaker Awards will be given an opportunity to intern with leading tax law firms in India and prominent senior counsels of the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India, specialising in taxation practice. The winners will also be given membership of the AIFTP and a two year subscription to the journal of the AIFTP.

Accommodation will be provided to the participants for the duration the days of the Competition. A Registration Fee of Rs. 1000/- is payable at the time of Registration (details attached with the Rules).  Kindly confirm participation for the same on or before 5th September, 2013. Limited number of Registrations will be accepted on a first cum first serve basis.

For further details please email us at mcaglc@gmail.com