Amity International Moot Court Competition (AIM) organized by the Amity Law School, Noida has set up a new milestone in competition circuit of clinical legal education.
The maiden event was held from 18 to 20 November, 2011 at Noida based campus of Amity University. The competition as designed and launched was quite different from usual such meets organized by different law colleges.
Moots are one of the most significant modes of clinical legal education. Through them the law students imbibe the actual manner to address a court. They learn how to argue. It trains them acquire court craft. It prepares them to think while on feet.
AIM saw the participation of teams drawn from 22 prestigious law schools in the country. Each team consisted of two mooters and one researcher. The event stood apart from other moots because of a very innovative problem offering adequate space to the participants for assumptions and legal research. The underlying facts of the case involved application of international law, armed conflict situation, humanitarian law considerations and validity of UN Security Council mandates. The moot setting had a strong resemblance to the turmoil and strife in Libya prior to the elimination of Colonel Gaddafi.
The unique features of the moot were utilization of total outside judges to assess the memorials and the actual moot, judges drawn from not only litigation and academic distinction but also diplomats, media and military experts familiar with international law, strict adherence to timings laid down and a prize instituted for best advocacy. Specially visible distinction was enthusiastic and motivated logistic support by the students and faculty of ALS Noida. Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President Amity Group of Institutions was the brain child behind the moot.
The AIM was sponsored by Amity Law School, Noida. It was organized with the help of International Society of Military Law and the Law of War, Delhi High Court Bar Association, Eastern Book Company Pvt. Ltd. and Titus & Company. Mr. Sanjeev Arora of Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. presented a number of books for the prize winners and judges.
A specially designed souvenir was released by Mr. Salman Khurshid. President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil in her message underlined the need for the students to sharpen their legal skills. The event attracted huge coverage by the print and electronic media.
The inaugural function saw very impressive speeches by the Minister for Law & Justice Mr. Salman Khurshid, living legend Ram Jethmalani and Supreme Court Bar Association President Mr. Pravin Parekh.
The valedictory function also provided an opportunity to the participants to benefit from learned speakers that included Law Commission of India head Justice Mr. P.V. Reddi and Additional Solicitor Generals of India Mr. Harin Raval and Mr. A.S. Chandhiok. The coveted AIM trophy was won by an all girls team consisting of Bidya Mohanty, Preeti Maria and Rupali Francesca of NALSAR Hyderabad.
The importance of legal bearing on military aspects relating to war crimes, limitations on use of force, human rights aspects and UN Security Council mandate duly came into focus at the moot. The arguments by the participants highlighted the clear influence of the rules and procedure, jurisprudence and legal ingenuity on armed conflict situations. The panel of judges included apart from distinguished law practitioners and academics, security experts like Maj. Gen. RPS Malhan, CLAW Dy. Director General D.C. Katoch, Col. P.K. Gautam, Wg. Cdr. Praful Bakshi and security columnist Mr. Sushil Sharma.