Live Updates : Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2020 – Indian Rounds

The relevance of International Moot as a strategy to solve complex International Criminal Disputes is irrefutable. Its use and profile have seen a meteoric rise across the globe in the last few decades. Moot Court Competition is an emerging field of law and its robust enforcement becomes a prerequisite for ensuring that the environment remains competitive among the Law students. With the aim of fostering quality research, analysis, writing and oratory skills. Amity Law School, Noida is hosting the India National Qualifying Rounds of the most prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition for the year 2020 from 30th of January to 2nd February.

The Compromis is the springboard for the Jessup Competition. Written by leading scholars of International Law, the compromis for Jessup, 2020 addresses multi-fora international litigation, the accountability of heads of State for war crimes, killer robots, and a wall.

Professor Richard R. Baxter at Harvard Law School was the pioneer of The Jessup Competition, who worked with Professor Stephen M. Schwebel to create a courtroom simulation experience grounded in international law.

The first ever round of the Jessup competition was held at Harvard University on 8th May, 1960. It was then known as the “International Law Moot”. The first Jessup problem was titled the “Cuban Agrarian Reform Case” and the path created then has been followed on since then with greater ardor and determination every year.

With the success of the First Jessup Competition, the need for an organization to cater to the needs of the students interested in International Law came to light.This led to the idea and establishment of the Association of the Student International Law Societies by students from a number of campuses in the year 1962. In 1987 the Association was reconstituted as the International Law Students Association (ILSA) on account of its stupendous growth over the years. The furtherance of this endeavor was meant to be a greater success and thus, in May 1994, ILSA incorporated itself as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia.

Often referred to as the grand slam of moot competitions, the Philip C. Jessup Competition is the world’s oldest and largest moot court competition that spans the globe with over 700 law schools across 100 countries.

This competition is an extra-ordinary chance for the students in the legal arena to present their skills and talent. The participating teams will be presenting their oral and written arguments on behalf of the applicant as well as the respondent positions in a case between fictional countries before the International Court of Justice.This Competition will adjudge the best team of the India Qualifying Rounds for the same on the basis of legal arguments, both on account of the oratory skills and content, presentation, and research skills.

Final teams from the Indian National Qualifying Rounds will be selected to represent India and compete in Washington, DC. India has won the Jessup World Cup in 1999 and 2013. We hope that this years event marks higher benchmarks and will be an unparalleled experience filled with motivation and knowledge

A brief schedule of the event is produced below:

Day 1 (30th January, 2020)
Arrival of teams, Registration of Participants

Day 2 (31st January, 2020)
Preliminary Rounds

Day 3 (1st February, 2020)
Preliminary Rounds and Quarter-Finals

Day 4 (2nd February, 2020)
Semi-Finals, Finals and Valedictory Ceremony

Stay tuned for the live updates of the Event…


Day 1 (30th January, 2020)

Teams arrived and registration was done duly by the end of the day.

Day 2 (31st January, 2020)

0830 hours : Orientation of all the participating teams has begun for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2020 – Indian Rounds at Amity Law School,Noida.

0915 hours : Orientation for Judges has begun for round 01 of the competition. Judges for the preliminary rounds have arrived and the orientation process has begun. The orientation will conclude in 15 minutes.



0930 hours : Preliminary round 01 commences with 14 matches.



1135 hours : All 14 matches of preliminary round 01 have concluded.

1200 hours : Judges Orientation for preliminary round 02 has begun.


1220 hours : Preliminary round 02 with 14 matches has begun.

1400 hours : All 14 matches of the second preliminary round have concluded.


1430 hours : The teams have proceeded to their lunch break.


1520 hours : The judges orientation for the third preliminary round has begun.

1530 hours : Third preliminary round with 14 matches has commenced.


1730 hours : All 14 matches of the third preliminary round have concluded.


1745 hours : The esteemed judges were felicitated by the hosts by presenting a token of gratitude for offering their guidance, support and experience to the competition.


1750 hours : The judges graciously gave feedback on their experience attending this prestigious competition, showing their appreciation for the level of competition as well as the organisation and hospitality shown by the hosts. We at Amity Law School are always looking for enhancement of experience.

1800 hours : The second day has now concluded, the remaining preliminary rounds, the 4th and 5th rounds, are scheduled for tomorrow. At the end of the session the judges were pleased with the level of competition displayed by the teams and were all praises for the organisational skills displayed by the institution. Mr. Kanishk Rana, who came across a mooter from his college days aptly said,” It’s always great to judge young, aspiring lawyers. It is more fun when you judge it with people you have competed with in your college days.”

Day 3 (1st February,2020)

0830 hours : The third day begins with the judges for todays rounds arriving for the day as well as breakfast being served. We are looking forward for another exciting day.



0900 hours : Judges orientation for the fourth preliminary round of the competition has been initiated. For Amity Law School it is an honour to host such distinguished Judges who have taken out time from their busy schedules, on a Saturday.

0930 hours : The fourth preliminary round with 15 matches are now underway.


1100 hours : All 15 matches of the fourth preliminary round have been completed.


1145 hours : The Judges enjoy a break and refreshments after the fourth preliminary round has ended.The Judges orientation for the concluding preliminary round of the competition is now also underway.


1200 hours : After another successful round the Judges are being felicitated by the hosts for their expert judgement, patience and understanding of this prestigious competition.


1220 hours : The fifth and final preliminary round for this event has commenced. From here, we will go from 32 to 8 teams, with 4 spots available for the international rounds.


1400 hours: The final preliminary round for this year’s India Rounds is now over, we wish luck to all teams participating.


1430 hours : The esteemed judges and the participating teams are now breaking for lunch. Lunch shall be followed by Draw of Lots for Quarter-final rounds.


1500 hours : “It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen’; but it’s even harder to give up when you think it’s everything you want.”, Is a quote that would resonate with the participating teams as they wait with baited breath for the results of the preliminary rounds.



1530 hours : The results of the preliminary India rounds and those who are advancing to the quarter finals are as follows(in no particular order) :

  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  • Government Law School, Mumbai
  • Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  • The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 
  • National Law University, Jodhpur 
  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 


1650 hours : Judges Orientation for the Quarter-Finals of this competition are now underway.



1715 hours : The Quarter Final Round with 4 matches is set up and now underway. The Semi-final and Final rounds are scheduled for tomorrow.


1925 hours : After the quarter final round the Judges are being felicitated by the hosts for their valuable time which they have devoted to this prestigious competition.


1945 hours : “Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting” , results for the quarter final rounds shall be announced shortly.



2000 hours : The results of the Quarter Finals and the names of those teams who advance to the Semi Finals as well as secure their spot in the international round of Jessup International Moot Court Competition 2020 are as follows (in no particular order)-

  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  • Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  • The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 


Day 4 (2nd February,2020)

1000 hours : The Judges orientation for the Semi-Final Round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition 2020 is now underway.


1025 hours : The Semi-Final Round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition has now commenced.



1230 hours : The Semi-Final Round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition has been completed, results shall be announced shortly.As Aristotle rightly said,“Law is order, and good law is good order” and keeping that in mind, we wish luck to the teams.



1305 hours : The much awaited results of the Semi final round of the competition are as follows :

  • Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad

Congratulations to both the teams on reaching this stage.



1315 hours : The hosts offer a token of appreciation to the Judges of have graced the occasion with their presence.



1320 hours : The Judges of the final round have arrived.



Arrival of Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.K. Chawla (Delhi High Court)


Arrival of Hon’ble Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan (Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission)

Arrival of Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal(Delhi High Court)


1330 hours : Interaction of the Judges for the final round with the hosts as well as the Judges of the previous round.



1335 hours : Judges and competitors break for lunch.



1415 hours : Final round of the competition between Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad is now underway with a bench consisting of 3 Judges; Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal,Hon’ble Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and  Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.K. Chawla.




1545 hours : The final round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2020 – Indian Rounds has now finished. We thank all the judges who agreed to use their very valuable time to help enrich this competition experience with their wisdom, knowledge and guidance.


1600 hours : The valedictory speech to commemorate the teams and winners of the competition has begun.


1630 hours : Dignitaries including Ms Pinky Anand, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani, Hon’ble Mr. Justice  A.K. Chawla, Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sangita Dhingra offer their wisdom and guidance to the audience.

Chief Guest, Ex-CJI Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra says about the event, “Acquainting oneself with young thinker in an atmosphere of Amity is a great delight and that is what the Amity University has been able to create. The students are the spine and strength.”

“It was a pleasure to see so much incandescent intelligence being mentored so well by the institution” Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani

The valedictory was adorned by speeches by Dr DK Bandyopadhay (Chairman Amity Law Schools, Noida), Prof. Dr. Shefali Raizada(HOI, Amity Law School,Noida), Dr. Bhavna Batra(Deputy National Administrator), Mr Vismay Shroff(National Administrator),Prof. Michael Peil (Judges Coordinator).


1700 hours : The results of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2020 – Indian Rounds are as follows-

Top Oralists

  1. Tasneem Zakir – The WB National University of Juridical Sciences
  2. Abhijeet Shrivastava – Jindal Global Law School
  3. Akanksha Singh  – Gujarat National Law University
  4. Bhargav Bhamidipati –  ILS Law School
  5. Vishesh Bhatia – National Academy for Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  6. Varun Srinivasan – Gujarat National Law University
  7. Mallika Dandekar – Government Law College, Mumbai
  8. Vedantha Sai – National University of Advanced Legal Studies
  9. Nikhil Mahadeva – National University of Advanced Legal Studies
  10. Vishaka Ramesh – National Academy for Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad

Top Memorials(in no particular order)

  • The WB National University of Juridical Sciences
  • National Law School of India University
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
  • Institute of Law, Nirma University
  • Chanakya Law University

Runner Up

  •  Jindal Global Law School


  • National Academy for Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad

1745 hours : Before the end of the event the dignitaries shared lighter moments.

After the successful completion of the event we, Abhyudaya Sharma, Tejas Sharma, Faisel Ahmed, Vikramaditya Mendiratta, Pratham Gupta, Aadarsh Kothari, Malvika Shanker officially sign off on behalf of Amity Law School, Noida. In the end we would like to thank all our viewers for their support and encouragement throughout the event.







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