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Surana & Surana India National Rounds of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab in association with Surana & Surana International Attorneys will be organizing the National Rounds of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition 2015-16.

Date:

27th – 29th November, 2015

Venue:

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, PunjabSidhuwal, Bhadson Road Patiala, Punjab – 147 001

ELIGIBILITY AND TEAM COMPOSITION 

  1. Each team can have two speakers and one researcher. Not more than two additional members (total 5) may accompany a team. Additional members will not participate in the proceedings. All members will be awarded participation certificates. Additional members will be given only participation certificates, even if their teams win in any category.
  2. Team Participating in the India National Rounds from the Host School will be guided by Rule B . 2 (a – d) of the International Rules.
  3. IMPORTANT – Only 3 members each from the top 4 teams shall be eligible to participate in the International rounds. Teams that have up to 5 members in the India National rounds cannot claim the right to participate in the International rounds for the additional members. Teams are required to mention clearly the name of the additional members in the registration form. Please read International Round Rules carefully.
  4. Only two team members may present arguments or otherwise participate in any particular round (all three may argue during the competition, but only two may argue in any particular round).

REGISTRATION 

  1. Online registrations will be open from 18 August 2015. Teams must register online latest by 3 November 2015 at moot.in. Participants will receive an approval as confirmation of
their online registration & participation from time to time as and when they register.
  2. A scanned copy of the approval letter duly signed by any of the following: Faculty-in-charge of MCS/MCA, Registrar, Principal, Dean, Director, Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor on the letter head of the participating college/ institution / University is required to be uploaded during the online registration process. The letter must contain names, year/semester of study of the participants. Alternatively, teams may get the signature of any of the aforementioned persons under their official seal on the registration form itself appended below. Registrations without the registration form / approval letter from the college / institution / University as mentioned above is not valid.
  3. In addition to the online registration as mentioned above, teams must ensure that duly filled in scanned form/letter is electronically mailed to RGNUL, Punjab, Patiala latest by 5 Nov 2015 with subject “SURANA & SURANA – STETSON MOOT 2015-16 REGISTRATION”. Address for communication is same as mentioned of, “The Venue & Schedule” (mentioned down). 
Email registration form / approval letter to: mootcommittee@rgnul.ac.in.
  4. The organizers would provide accommodation and food for only 3 participants per team during the days of competition. Additional members, if any, must make their own arrangements. Food will be provided to all participants.
  5. In addition, Surana & Surana will reimburse sleeper class, Non A/c train fare (to & fro) to participating team members (maximum three members) from remote areas of India. Teams desirous of claiming reimbursement must write to Surana&Surana, 61- 63 Dr. R K Salai, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004 or email to intellect@lawindia.com in advance through their respective institutions.

RULES FOR THE MEMORIALS

  1. The rules concerning the memorials format and page / word limit are same as that of the International Rounds, which can be found in the International rules and regulations available here.
  2. The memorial may not exceed 6,500 words on 8-1/2 x 11-inch pages (or the standard paper used in the courts of the team’s country), with one-inch margins at top, bottom, left, and right.
  3. Footnotes do count toward the word limit. Note: Most word processing programs can provide you with a word count. And deductions may be taken if the memorial is over the word count.
  4. The memorial must be typed and double-spaced. A team does not violate the double-spacing requirement by including written material properly that is single spaced, such as a block quote.
  5. Each memorial must include the following sections, which do count toward the word limit: statement of facts, summary of argument, argument with point headings, and conclusion.
  6. Each memorial must also include the following sections, which do not count toward the word limit: front and back cover pages, table of contents, questions presented, statement of jurisdiction, index of authorities, signature block, affidavit (see Addendum A, included at the end of these rules), and appropriate appendices.
  7. Limit on Use of Authorities: Teams may not use—in memorials or oral argument—any case issued, order decided, or actions that affect the status of any treaty (for example, signature, accession, ratification, entry into force) after October 16, 2015.
  8. Citations: All citations must conform to the most current version of either The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation or the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (fifth edition, Aspen Publishers). Teams from outside the United States should make a good effort to comply with proper citation format.
  9. Identification: To facilitate anonymous grading, names of the team members and the school they represent may not appear on the memorial. Names of the team members and the school they represent may only appear on the affidavit that must be submitted with the original memorial.
  10. Each team will be assigned an identification number that is to appear in the uppermost right-hand corner of its front memorial cover
  11. Memorials should have front and back paper covers as follows (for India National rounds) :

Applicant – Light Blue paper cover;

Respondent – Light Red paper cover. Recycled paper is encouraged.

  • Use of plastic / cellophane sheets in memorials will attract penalty.
  • 5 memorials each of Applicant(s) and Respondent(s) in hard copy MUST be submitted during registration at the venue (Non submission will attract penalty). One memorial each for Applicant and Respondent in hard copy ONLY BY SPEED POST has to reach the Supervisor, RGNUL, Punjab, Patiala of the host institution, latest by 24 Nov 2015, 5.00 p.m. Late submissions will attract penalty of 1 point per memorial for each day of delay.
  • Soft copies of both Applicant & Respondent memorials (only 2 complete files containing all parts of memorials) is to be sent by e-mail latest by 18 Nov 2015, 5.00 p.m. for purpose of evaluation in MS Word format to mootcommittee@rgnul.ac.in with a copy to mootcourt@lawindia.com and bowman@law.stetson.edu.
  • No changes may be made to any written pleading once it has been submitted to a Regional Round. A written pleading submitted to the International Finals must be an exact copy of the written pleading submitted to the Regional Round.
  • Memorial scores will be added to the individual oral scores during the preliminary rounds for declaring the winners. Memorial scores will not be added at the knockout stage. (Octa Final, Quarter Final, Semi Final & Final).

JUDGES

There will be a minimum of two judges for the preliminary / Octa final / Quarter finalrounds. In the absence of the Third judge the average marks of the two judges would be the score of the third judge. There will be a minimum of 3 judges for the Semi Finals and Final.

TIME SCHEDULE  

Start of Online Registration3 August 2015
Last date for Online Registration3 November 2015
Last date for receiving soft copies of Reg Form / approval letter by e mail5 November 2015
Last date for submission of Travel Plan15 November 2015
Last Date for Submission of Memorials ( Electronic Copy) by email18 November 2015
Last Date for Submission of Memorials to RGNUL, Punjab (1 hard copy each for evaluation) 24 November 2015
Reception / orientation of teams27 November 2015
Prelims, Octa / quarter finals28 November 2015
Semi finals & Finals29 November 2015
Submission of electronic copies of memorials to Stetson University21 November 2015
Stetson World Finals (Florida USA)13 – 16 April 2016

INFORMATION REGARDING THE INTERNATIONAL FINALS

  1. World Finals the top 4 teams of India National Rounds are guided by the INTERNATIONAL RULES ONLY. The said rules may be download from here.
  2. The Top four teams will represent India in the World finals on 13 – 16 April 2016, at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707, USA. Host Institution may participate in the International Finals if invitation is extended from Stetson Law School, USA.

PERSON CONTACT

1. National Administrator:

Dr. S. Ravichandran, Advocate & Head, Academic Initiatives,Surana&Surana International Attorneys, Chennai- 600 004; Email: mootcourt@lawindia.com

2. Administrator in charge:

Prof. (Dr.) Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi NationalUniversity of Law, Punjab, Patiala. Email: vc@rgnul.ac.in

The Administrators’ decision shall be final in all matters concerning the competition.Any clarifications regarding Online registration you may please contact.

National Administrator
:Dr.S.Ravichandran


Email: mootcourt@lawindia.com

Ph: 044 – 2812 0000, Fax: 91 – 44 – 2812 0001

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