Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition has always witnessed spirited participation from more than 20 universities in all of its previous editions. In this edition, after scrutinising over 40 memorials in the initial memorial round, 30 teams from various reputed universities across the country have been selected to compete against each other for the coveted Justice Hidayatullah Memorial trophy, the 1st runner’s up prize, the title of the best speaker, the best memorial, and the best researcher.
Eminent academician Prof. (Dr.) M.K. Ramesh was the Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony. Prof. Ramesh holds the professorial chair on Urban Poor and the Law, instituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation of Government of India. He also advised the government on climate negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement, 2015. Addressing the gathering with thought provoking words and refreshing candour, Prof. Ramesh emphasized on the role of mankind as children in the cradle of the environment rather than its masters.
The Chief Guest for the closing ceremony was Hon’ble Mr. Justice Prashant Mishra, Judge, High Court of Chhattisgarh with the Guest of Honour being Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arvind Singh Chandel, Judge, High Court of Chhattisgarh.
The trophy for first place in the competition was awarded to SLS, Pune, along with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000. The runner’s up trophy was awarded to NLU, Odisha, Cuttack, along with a cash prize of Rs. 15,000. Both the teams were presented with the coveted Winners and Runners up trophies respectively. The Best Memorial award was received by the team from NUSRL, Ranchi, along with a cash prize of Rs. 7,500. The Best Researcher award, based on the researcher’s test that was conducted yesterday, was awarded to Deeksha Gupta from RMLNLU, Lucknow, along with a cash prize of Rs. 7,500. The Best Speaker award, based on aggregate scores from the two preliminary rounds was awarded to Akhilesh Talluria from SLS, Pune, along with a cash prize of Rs. 7500.