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1st BENNETT INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION 2024
Sraddha Karmakar,dated 16th December 2023 View: 109

1st  BENNETT INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION 2024

SCHOOL OF LAW in collaboration with University of Waikato, New Zealand Presents Bennett International Moot Court Competition 2024

April  05 - 07, 2024

ABOUT BENNETT UNIVERSITY

Bennett University has been established by the “Times Group,” India’s largest media conglomerate, through Act No. 24 of 2016 passed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The university at present offers unique inter-disciplinary and contemporary courses through its Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Management, Law, and Media & Liberal Arts. In addition, the university has also established the Centers for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and External Relation & Executive Education. Bennett University has excelled as the frontline multi and inter-disciplinary university, establishing partnerships with Babson College, Georgia Institute of Technology, EDX.org etc.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF LAW

Bennett University established the School of Law with a vision to strive for excellence in teaching, research, and advocacy towards justice for all by shaping thought leaders in public policy of national and international dimensions. The school at present is offering B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), B.B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M., and Ph.D. programs, imbibing the best practices in terms of curriculum, pedagogy, and innovation in teaching methods. Invested and promoted by the largest media enterprise, the School of Law is committed to educating the pioneers of the future through leaders in the field of law, the ones who can think out loud and clearly on the matter of justice and progress. The Moot Court Committee is one of the most important and prestigious committees of the law school. It aims to create a professional skills culture among the students at the School of Law by training them for national and international moot court competitions. Moot court is a simulated court experience where law students argue hypothetical cases, analyze legal issues, and engage in legal research and advocacy. These competitions are designed to simulate appellate court proceedings, allowing participants to develop and showcase their skills in legal research, writing, and oral advocacy. It is often comprised of law school faculty, students, and sometimes legal professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to contribute towards the professional experience of law students. The committees aim to provide a platform for participants to refine their legal skills and gain practical experience in the field of law. 

MOOT PROPOSITION

1. Pangea was a peaceful country consisting of various groups of islands in the southeast Corrobean sea. The country consisted of multiple small religious segments, but the major two religious communities were Fastaism and Normadism. Where people of Normadism followed a general principle of acceptance of all, unity and brotherhood, people of Fastaism believed in one God, seclusion, and sacrifice to be its major tenants. For a very long time both the major communities along with other religious segments lived in harmony occupying the stretch of islands, but slowly disputes and differences started to emerge between segments of Fastaism and Normadism.  Over a period of many decades major population following Normadism started settling in the southern cluster of Pangea islands also popularly known by the people as Angara Lands and similarly people of Fastaism started settling in the northern cluster of islands known by the people as Gondwana lands.

2. These settlements and further demand for division was fueled by the political influence of United Upfront Alliance (UUA) headed by Mr. Brick Shaw representing the people of Normadism and People Promotion Party (PPP) headed by Mr. Tapist Remero representing the people of Fastaism. Mr. Tapist Remero preached to the people of Gondwana Lands that we need to create Gods own country, and this is only possible with the blood and sweat of his people. He emphasized that any external influence may disrupt and damage their way of life with people losing faith in the basic tenants of seclusion and sacrifice. On similar steps Mr. Brick Shaw also spread the word to the people of Angara Land to raise their voice for the creation of a safe haven for its people where people can live in unity and harmony. These demands took an ugly turn when the people of Fastaism after a rally by Mr. Tapist Remero took up arms against the certain shopkeeper of Normadism living in Gondwana and burned their livelihood with slogans like “Filth under our feet”, “Either you are with us or against us: last chance to convert”. A similar retaliation arose in Angara where some people of Fastaism were severely beaten and killed by the party workers of UUA under the banner “You shall reap what you sow.” The flames of these incidents spread like wildfire engulfing various parts of Gondwana islands and Angara islands, sacrificing the lives of thousands of innocent people in the process.

3. On June 4, 1991, a truce was agreed between UUA and PPP leading to a clear separation of Lands of Angara into United States of Angara and Lands of Gondwana into Republic of Gondwana. Both countries after a while got the recognition and membership of United Nations. Although many small islands of Pangea were left independent in this division and were given the option to join either of the countries through an ‘instrument of accession.’ Among these independent islands was a small religious community of Modernism on the island of Stark, ruled by an independent thinker Dr. Nores Osborn. The modernists believed in scientific innovation and economic development as the key to progress and decided to become an independent country out of the clutches of any religious thought. After the creation of Republic of Gondwana, Mr. Tapist became its first President and as a part of its prime initiative to make Gondwana a strong republic, it established an advisory board for suggestions on religious conversion and inclusion of nearby independent islands through dialogues with its people or by military occupation.

4. On November 2, 1991, a dialogue was initiated by Mr. Tapist Remero with Dr. Nores Osborn for inclusion of Stark Island into the Republic of Gondwana. But after seeing a clear denial by Dr. Nores Osborn, in rapid action, a small military battalion was sent to the shores of Stark Island which was met with retaliation from the Scientific Forces of Modernists. As the issue escalated, on November 15, 1991, large military forces of Gondwana attacked the island and Dr. Nores Osborn was taken aback on a corner due to limited manpower. In this moment of desperation, he sent a convoy to Mr. Brick Shaw, who had become the prime minister of United States of Angara after its independence. With the convoy, an Instrument of Accession was proposed by government of Angara to join the country, which after some deliberation was accepted by Dr. Nores Osborn on the condition that no religious conversion would be forced on the people of Modernism after joining Angara. On this promise military aid was provided by Angara to support against the attack of Gondwana forces and to a large extent they were successful in taking back the territory of Stark Island, but due to the delay in such support Dr. Nores Osborn lost his wife, daughter, and the northern part of Stark Island to the military force of Gondwana. The northern part of Stark Island was occupied by the Republic of Gondwana, and the southern part of the island became an official state of United States of Angara with Dr. Nores Osborn as its Mayor.

5. In the aftermath of this tragedy Dr. Nores Osborn used all his scientific might and the support of Modernists to create a private weapon manufacturing company called Future Technologies Ltd. He along with the aid of the Military Leader of United States of Angara, Brigadier Marshal Hanibal Lecter took many initiatives to build deadly weapons of mass destruction to increase the military supremacy of their country. In this process Dr. Nores Osborn created a big name for himself around the world in the segment of leading weapon developer and supplier. 

6. Over the past 2 decades where United States of Angara progressed to become a developed country, because of the traditional approaches of Republic of Gondwana it remained an under-developed country with its survival dependent upon heavy loans from nearby countries. The government of Gondwana had taken an accumulated loan with interest of 56 billion $ which it failed to repay after repeated reminders. An internal turmoil was also emerging due to economic instability and depression in Gondwana. Taking this opportunity, a dialogue was initiated on October 3, 2022, by Mr. Brig Shaw, the current Prime Minister of United States of Angara and second son of late Prime Minister Mr. Brick Shaw, with President Tapist Remero to submit the territory of Stark Island and Republic of Gondwana for its own development and making Pangea whole again. It was also promised that all the previous debt of the government of Gondwana would be waived off and further investments would be done for infrastructural development of the country to uplift its status as a part of developed nation. Mr. Tapist Remero, being furious of such proposal left the dialogue in the middle with the words, “we will never submit our people to religious scum like you and will never agree to pollute our motherland and our nation.”

7. After these failures Mr. Brig Shaw through an official letter of United States of Angara gave an ultimatum to the Republic of Gondwana to either pay the whole debt with interest or be ready to hand over the country. He took the support of Brigadier Marshal Hanibal Lecter and Mayor Dr. Nores Osborn to prepare an all-out military attack on stark island to reclaim the land of Modernist and rapidly move on to occupy the mainland of Republic of Gondwana. On the direction of the Prime Minister of Angara, Brigadier Marshal Hanibal Lecter authorized the use of shelling weapons provided by Future Technologies Ltd to occupy the northern territory of Stark Island, but in the process caused death of thousands of military personnel’s of Gondwana, including Modernist civilian living in the area who were forcefully converted into Fastaism. The fire of war spread further to the Republic of Gondwana where advance weaponry was used to bring more damage to the area to deal with the local force brutally and swiftly. This sudden act helped in taking back the borders of Republic of Gondwana, but it proved difficult to manage occupation of the internal lands where People of Fastaism heavily resides. As Gondwana people retaliated with the help of military, local young generation protecting their motherland and external arms and ammunitions support by other developed nations, the war seems to be balancing from both sides. 

8. Under these circumstances the war stretched beyond the imagination of Brigadier Marshal Hanibal Lecter to 8 months and still the end of it seemed very far as forces of Gondwana adopted guerilla warfare strategy in the local hilly areas of its mainland. To win at any cost Brigadier Marshal Hanibal Lecter gave a free hand to the Generals of its military battalions to do whatever they could to bring victory against Gondwana. The soldiers of Angara took this opportunity to commit acts of aggression against the civilian population of Gondwana where people were brutally tortured, raped and killed to set an example to anyone who stood against the might of United States of Angara. Airborne weapons of mass destruction were supplied by Future Technologies Ltd. to target all major cities regardless of being used as a military base or by local people fighting against the military occupation. With these weapons of mass destruction, millions of military personnel and civilians died, although United States of Angara finally won the war.

9. In the aftermath of the war, the United Nations Security Council referred the situation to the Prosecutor, under Chapter VII of the United Nations and in accordance with Article 13 of the Rome Statute, of the International Criminal Court, against Mr. Brig Shaw, Brigadier Marshal Hanibal Lecter, and Dr. Nores Osborn, under the following charges:

i. War Crimes: Indiscriminate attack: They were accused of ordering and overseeing military operations that involved the indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries.

ii. War Crimes: Sexual violence during war:  They were charged with systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war by raping the local population by soldier of United States of Angara under their supervision.

iii. Crimes Against Humanity: Forcible Transfer of Population: They were charged with forcibly displacing civilians from their homes as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population. 

iv. Crimes Against Humanity: Mass Murder: They were also accused of being responsible for the mass murder of civilians as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population, along with Dr. Nores Orborn who supplied the means of such destruction and mass killing through Future Technologies Ltd.

PROCEDURES FOR ORAL ROUNDS

a. The oral rounds will consist of two preliminary rounds followed by the quarter-final Round, semi-final Round, and final round on a knockout basis.

b. The oral rounds will be in offline mode for the National teams and international teams can choose any mode for competition either online or offline. 

c. The draw of lots for the preliminary rounds and exchange of memorials will be held on 05th April 2024.

d. The preliminary rounds and quarterfinal rounds will be held on 6th April 2024 wherein each team shall argue for the allotted side (applicant or respondents).

e. The petitioners will first submit their arguments, followed by the respondents. Both rebuttals and sur-rebuttals are allowed upon permission given by the Judges.

f. Each team will get a total of 30 minutes to present their case during the rounds, followed by three minutes per team for a rebuttal or sur-rebuttal.

g. Rebuttals and sur-rebuttals are limited to issues raised in the arguments raised during the oral rounds by the opposing teams.

h. Teams can choose the division of time per speaker at their discretion. However, each speaker must speak for a minimum of twelve minutes.

i. Oral arguments are limited to issues disclosed in the moot proposition.

j. Teams may submit a compendium of cases, scholarly articles and papers, and statutory provisions to support their arguments during the oral rounds.

k. Use of any electronic gadget is not permitted during oral rounds.

l. The top eight teams from the preliminary rounds based on the scores in the preliminary round will qualify for the quarter 

finals to be held on 06th April 2024. There will be a draw of lots for the quarterfinals after announcing the qualifying teams.

m. The winner of each round in the quarterfinals will qualify for the semi- finals to be held on 07th April 2024. The draw of lots for the semi-finals will take place following the declaration of results of the quarter-final rounds.

n. The winner of each round of the semi-finals will qualify for the finals on 7th April 2024. The winner of the finals will be declared the winner of the 1st Bennett International Moot Court competition.

o. The criteria for scoring of the oral arguments are as follows-

Knowledge of facts and law 30

Use of authorities 25

Ability to answer Questions 15

Court mannerism 10

Time management 10

Rebuttals and sur-rebuttals 10

Total 100

DEFINITIONS

The following terms shall have the corresponding meanings unless otherwise specified: 

1. ‘Competition’ shall refer to 1st Bennett International Moot Court Competition, 2024.

2. ‘Competition Problem’ shall refer to the facts and issues released by the organizers of the Competition with its clarifications and corrections. 

3. ‘Competition Rules’ shall refer to the official rules of the Competition as amended from time to time. 

4. ‘IST’ shall refer to Indian Standard Time. 

5. ‘INR’ shall refer to Indian Rupee. 

6. ‘Knock-out round’ shall refer to the Quarterfinals, Semi-finals, and final round of the Competition. 

7. ‘Memorial’ shall refer to the memorandum of written submissions submitted by any participating team as per the Competition Rules. 

8. ‘Organizing Committee’ shall refer to the committee appointed for the administration and conduct of the Competition, including any other authorized persons, and of all events leading up to the Competition.

9. ‘USD’ refers to the United States dollar, which is the official currency of the United States of America.

10. ‘SAARC’ refers to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

11. ‘Official Email’ shall refer to the official email id of the Moot Court Committee, Bennett University, i.e., bnmcc@bennett.edu.in.

ADMINISTRATION AND CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITION

a. The 1st Bennett International Moot Court Competition 2024 is administered by the Moot Court Competition, School of Law, Bennett University (hereinafter ‘Organizing Committee’).

b. The competition will be held from 05th – 07th April 2024.

ELIGIBILITY 

a. Only regular students enrolled in a five-year integrated undergraduate law program or three-year graduate law program are eligible to register for the competition.

b. Each team shall consist of two speakers and one researcher.

LANGUAGE and STRUCTURE

a. Oral and written submissions shall be in the English language only.

b. The competition will include two preliminary oral rounds and advanced rounds, i.e., Quarterfinal, Semi-Final, and the Final Round.

c. There is a limit of 40 teams for the competition. Teams will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

DRESS CODE

Participants shall strictly adhere to the following dress code: -

Men - Black Formal Coat, White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Formal Pants, White Socks, Black Formal Shoes. 

Women - (A) Black Formal Coat, White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Formal Pants, Black Formal Shoes.  OR

i. Black Formal Coat, White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Skirt, Black Formal Shoes, OR

ii.     Black Formal Coat, White Long Kurta, White Salwar, White Dupatta, Black Formal Shoes

Memorial Format-

i. The memorial shall not exceed forty pages excluding the cover page.

ii. The color of the cover page must be Blue in case of applicant and Red in case of respondent.

iii. The pages of the memorial must be typed on separate A4 size pages (i.e., printed on one side only) and spiralbound.

iv. Formatting of the contents of the memorial:

Main Text

a. Font Type: Times New Roman

b. Font Size:12

c. Line spacing: 1.5

d. Margins: 1 inch on each side.

For Footnotes

a. Font Type: Times New Roman

b. Font Size:10

c. Single (1) line spacing

v. Teams shall cite authorities in the memorial with footnotes following a uniform system of citation.

vi. Pages should be numbered at the bottom and spaced in the middle of each page of the memorial.

Additional details regarding the memorials-

a. Teams are strictly prohibited from mentioning their personal details anywhere in the memorial.

b. After submission of memorials, no revision, supplements, or additions shall be allowed.

c. Teams must strictly adhere to the mentioned structural format.

d. The Title/Cover page shall include:

i) The Team Code on the upper right-hand corner of the cover page.

ii) The name and place of the forum

iii) The relevant legal provision under which it is filed.

iv) Name of the parties and their status

v) Memorial Filed on Behalf of Prosecutor/Applicant- BLUE.

vi) Counsel Appearing on Behalf of Defendant/Respondent- RED.

The criteria for evaluation of Best Memorial are as follows-

1 Knowledge of facts and law 20

2 Interpretation of Law and Application to Facts 20

3 Extent and use of research 20

4 Clarity and Organization 20

5 Adherence to the norms regarding. Style, Grammar, and

Citation of Sources 20

Total 100

MEMORIAL CONTENT

i. Cover Page

ii. Table of Contents

iii. List of Abbreviations

iv. Index of Authorities/List of References

v. Statement of Jurisdiction

vi. Statement of Facts (not exceeding 2 pages)

vii. Statement of Issues

viii. Summary of Arguments (not exceeding 3 pages)

ix. Arguments Advanced (not exceeding 25 pages)

x. Prayer (Not exceeding 1page)

STRUCTURE OF COMPETITION The Competition shall consist of four Rounds: 

i. Researcher Test. 

ii. The Preliminary Rounds.

iii. The Quarter Final Rounds.

iv. The Semi Final Rounds; and

v. The Final Round.

The side on which the Team will be arguing will be decided by a draw of lots with the Teams.

MEMORANDUM

a. Each registered team will submit one memorial on behalf of the Applicant and one memorial on behalf of the Respondents.

b. Soft copies of the memorials must be submitted to bnmcc@bennett.edu.in no later than 23:59 Hours IST on 29th February 2024 with the subject of the email as “Memorial Submission- (Team Code). The memorial files should be either in .doc, .docx or .pdf formats with the file names as Team code- Party. For e.g.: - BU001-PET or BU001-RES and hard copies of memorials must be submitted by the teams living across the country through the process of courier. 

c. Any memorial submitted after the deadline shall be subject to penalty for late submission till__.

General Instructions 

a. Teams are to notify which members are the respective speakers and researcher. No change of speaker to researcher or vice versa except upon prior approval of organizing committee.

b. The request for change should have concrete reasons, and the decision of the Organizing Committee shall be final. If necessary, the Organizing Committee holds the right to disqualify a team upon finding the reason for change to be unjustifiable or unreasonable.

c. No team shall contradict the composition mentioned above. No faculty member, coach, or a designated observer will be allowed to accompany the team.

d. No pickup and drop-off facility will be provided by the institution. The participants are requested to arrange their own transportation for the same.

e. A violation of the prescribed Code of Conduct will invite sanctions, which will be decided by the Organizing Secretary.

f. Teams are expected to behave with other team members and the Judges / Organizers/ Volunteers in a dignified manner.

g. Teams should not attempt to influence Judges / Organizers in any manner.

h. Participants are expected to maintain decorum in the courtroom during the Competition and to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the legal profession.

i. The teams should not engage in any form of unethical, unprofessional, or wrongful conduct during the entire period of the Competition.

j. Participants should not indulge in the consumption / carrying of drugs / alcohol / arms or ammunition / immoral / illegal activity or any other forms) of taste/addiction during the Competition.

REGISTRATION AND FEE

a. Teams shall register for the competition on or before 23:59 Hours IST 31st January 2024, by sending an email with the subject ‘Registration for the 1st Bennett International Moot Court Competition 2024 to bnmcc@bennett.edu.in after completing the online registration form.

b. The registration fee for the competition for Indian Teams 7500/-INR and Foreign National Team is 100 USD and SAARC Region is 50 USD per team (including accommodation on a sharing basis). 

c. Accommodation and Food will be available at the university for three days i.e., 05th -07th April 2024. Any further extension beyond these dates will be chargeable. 

d. The Link of Final Registration for Indian Teams: https://forms.gle/VVKdFmHshzaSprYZ7

e. The Link of Final Registration for International Teams: https://forms.gle/qWuuSn7EKg3WUrkp6

Payment of Registration Fees:

f. A scanned copy of the Bona-fide Certificate of the Head of the Institution/Principal/Head of the Department/Dean certifying 

that the team consisting of the three members are bona fide students of the respective institution is to be uploaded through the online registration form. 

g. Teams will be assigned a team code after registration. All communication thereinafter will be through the team codes, and teams are not to mention any other details to the Organizing Committee till the completion of the competition.

h. While filling out the Registration Form, the teams must choose a primary contact person, alternatively called a ‘Point of Contact’ (“POC”). All communications concerning the Competition will be sent by e-mail to the nominated contact person.

The Registration fee could be paid by below mentioned modes only:User ID: BIMCC

Link to pay https://www.bennett.edu.in/bu-payments/

PENALTIES

Particulars and Quantum of Penalty

1 )Delay in Submission of Memorial 2 Points Per Day

2 )Formatting Violations 1 Point Per Violation

3)Failure to include or omission of any part of  information on the cover page 1 Point for Every Error

4 )Failure to comply with the page limit 1 Point for Every Extra Page

5 )Breach of Anonymity of Teams 2 Points

6)Inclusion of speaking footnote or endnote 0.5 Points Per Footnote or Endnote

7)Submission of Memorial through multiple mails 1 Point

PRIZES AND AWARDS CRITERIA

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories-

Winning Team

₹ 75,000 or 900 USD (Approx.)

(A Trophy)

Runner-Up

₹ 40,000 or 480 USD (Approx.)

(A Trophy)

Best Researcher

Male

₹ 5,000 or 60 USD (Approx.) 

Female

₹ 5,000 or 60 USD (Approx.)

(Trophy)

Best Speaker

Male

₹ 5,000 or 60 USD (Approx.)

(Trophy)

Female

₹ 5,000 or 60 USD (Approx.)

(Trophy)

Best Memorial

Prosecution

₹ 5,000 or 60 USD (Approx.)

(Trophy)

Defence

₹ 5,000 or 60 USD (Approx.)

(Trophy)

Quarterfinalists’ shall be awarded with merit certificate,

‘Semi-Finalists’ shall be awarded with merit certificate and mementos.

All participants will get certificates of participation in the valedictory ceremony.

ANONYMITY

During the oral rounds of the competition teams shall refrain from disclosing their personal names or the name of their home institution 

DISPUTES AND CLARIFICATIONS

1. Regarding the results of the competition, the decision of the judges and the Organizing Committee is final.

2. Any clarifications regarding the problem may be mailed to bnmcc@bennett.edu.in on or before 20 February 2024 with the email subject ‘Request for Clarifications’. These clarifications will be answered by 25 February 2024 in the form of a clarification note to all the registered teams.

3. Grievance Redressal Committee: This committee will preside over any other grievances of the teams participating in the competition.

PLAGARISM AND SCOUTING
plagiarism and scouting in any manner are strictly prohibited, and teams or any member thereof found indulging in the same shall be disqualified from further participating in the competition. The Organizing committee will take the final decision regarding any matter pertaining to scouting.

The decision of the Organizing Committee concerning the deduction of marks based upon the percentage of plagiarism in the memorials will be final. Any memorial with more than 50% plagiarism will result in the disqualification of the team from the competition. The medium to check for plagiarism will be Turnitin.

FOR QUERIES

Teams can contact the Organizing Committee via email at bnmcc@bennett.edu.in orcontact the following student members of the Moot Court Committee:

Call: 1800 103 8484  |  WhatsApp: 8860 309 257  |  Web.: www.bennett.edu.in

Khushi Nigam(Convenor)

+91 9340285653 

OsheenJain(Co-Convenor)

+91 6262702609 

Kamalpreet Kaur(Co-Convenor)

+91 6239517760 


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