1st Bar Council of India International Law Moot Competition was a Grand Success

The Bar Council of India Trust has been organising national level Moot Court Competitions for about 26 years. The Bar Council of India, an apex body for the entire legal profession, decided to give it an international dimension from this year and selected KIlT to conduct the 1st BCI International Moot Court Competition. It is an attempt to foster interest in the area of International Arbitration. It will be an annual event, garnering participation not only from institutions across India, but internationally as well.

Inaugurating the competition, Hon’ble Mr. Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court lauded the initiative of Bar Council of India Trust and KIlT School of Law for organizing a moot court competition at international level. It is a unique opportunity for the students, he said in his. Inaugural address, while hoping that it will immensely benefit the participants. In the same vein, Mr. Ashok Mohanty, Advocate General, Odisha termed it a historical development. Moot court helps develop skills of a professional advocate, he said. Area of litigation has expanded manifold with the opening up of economy, he told the participants, while stating that people look upon lawyers to resolve the litigations.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jagannath Patnaik, Former Chairman, Bar Council of India said that law should address present day economic and social challenges. Mr. Ashok Parija, Member, BCI and Convener of the competition introduced the concept and outlined benefits of moot court competition.

Winners of the competition were awarded at the valedictory ceremony, which was graced by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir, Judge, Supreme Court of Indio, Hon’ble Mr. Justice, A. K. Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of Indio, Hon’ble Mr. Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court, Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Solicitor General of India & Chairman, BCI and other legal luminaries.

Mooting must also address impacting mind of the judge, said Hon’ble Mr. Justice, A. K. Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of Indio, while reminding the budding lawyers that judge is also a human being. Mr. Gopal Subramanium pointed out that protecting rights of people who do not afford legal expenses is an important role of legal professionals.

A good advocate has respect for human values, said Hon’ble Mr Justice B. P. Das, Judge, Odisha High Court, while adding that moot competition will make students proficient in art of court craft. Stressing on the importance of skill in law, Prof. N. L. Mitra, Former VC, NLU Jodhpur & Chief Advisor, KIlT School of Law, said moot court, a dialectic process of learning, is superior to conventional classroom teaching.

Mr. Ashok Kumar Deb, Managing Trustee, BCI Trust expressed satisfaction on the grand success of the competition. Mr. Ashok Parija, Convener of the competition and Member, BCI placed report of the competition.

The opportunity to organize this prestigious event in KIlT is a matter of pride not only for the university, but for the State of Odisha as a whole, said Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIlT & KISS. He expressed his gratitude to the legal luminaries for their gracious presence. Dr. Samanta thanked BCI and BCI Trust for selecting KIlT School of Law for this prestigious event.

Shri Vijay Bhatt, Trustee, Shri D. R. Sharma, Associated Trustee, BCI Trust and Prof. A. S. Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, KIlT University also spoke on the occasion. Prof. N. K. Chakrabarti, Director, KIlT School of Law proposed the vote of thanks.

List of Participating Institutions

Jaipur National University, Jaipur

Amity Law School, Noida

The National Law Institute University, Bhopal

Symbiosis Law School, Pune

SASTRA University, Thanjavur

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

University of Pune,

National Law University, Jodhpur

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai

Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

University of Allahabad, Allahabad

Dr. Hari Shankar Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar

University of Mumbai, Mumbai

University of Delhi, Delhi

Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi

J. N. Vyas University, Jodhpur

National Law University, Delhi

Vidyasagar University, Midnapore

Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

W. B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

Nirma University, Gandhinagar

Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Lakshmangarh

Faculty of Law, M. D. University, Rohtak University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

Banaras Hindu University Law School, Banaras

National Law University, Orissa

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (I)

University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (II)

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

Esteemed Judges for BCI International Moot Court Competition

Hon’ble Mr. Justice B.K. Mishra, Judge, Odisha High Court

Hon’ble Mr. Himadri Mahapatra

Shri Jagannath Pattnaik, Sr. Advocate

Shri S.P. Mishra, Sr. Advocate

Shri Jeetendra Kumar Mishra,

Sr. Advocate Shri Vijay Bhat, Advocate

Shri Lingaraj Padhi, Advocate

Shri Ramakanta Sahoo, Advocate

Shri S.K. Sanganaria, Advocate

Shri Manas Mahapatra, Advocate

Shri Laxmidhar Pangari, Advocate

Mrs. Mrinalini Padhi, Advocate

Shri Biswajit Mohanty, Advocate

Shri Haramohan Dhal, Advocate

Shri Bijay Kumar Purohit, Advocate

Shri Rudra Prasad Kar, Advocate

Shri Niroda Kumar Sahoo, Advocate

Shri Bidyut Ranjan Sarangi, Advocate

Shri Sarada Prasanna Sarangi, Advocate

Shri Partha Mukharjee, Advocate

Shri Abhijit Pattnaik, Advocate

Shri Debes Panda, Advocate

Shri Biswajit Kumar Patra, Advocate

Shri Vinod Vasudevan, Advocate

Mr. Aniraban Chakrabarty, NUJS

Dr. Madhusudan Saha Ray, Calcutta University

Dr. Sandeep Bhat, NUJS Prof. Sanjay Kumar

Mr. Denial Methew

Shri Abhishek Mishra

Shri Pratyush Kumar

Finalist Awards

Winners : NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Runners up: National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Best Memorial Awards

Best Memorial Award: Gujarat National Law University

Second Best Memorial Award: National Law University Delhi

Third Best Memorial Award: National Law University Jodhpur

Fourth Best Memorial Award: Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

Best Speakers

Best Male Speaker: Gursharan H.S. Virk,

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Best Female Speaker: Ayshwarya Chandar,

Hidyatullah National Law University, Raipu

BCI Scholarship Awards for Best Speaker in Each Round

Preliminary Round : Gursharan H.S. Virk, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Quarter Finals: Spriha Pandey, University of Allahabad

Semi Finals: Neha Mathen, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

Finals: Mirza Saaib Beg, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Hope the BCI will continue the new trend of organising a moot every year on international arbitration to produce the competent lawyers of the globalising world .

Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor , KIIT Law School, Coordinator BCI Moot Court Competition
Coordinator Intellectual Property Law (Hons) Programme
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Only 71 Per Cent Candidates Passed the First All India Bar Exam (AIBE), 2011

Only around 71 per cent of candidates in the first All India Bar Exam (AIBE) result which is declared today,are declared qualified, where the final grading for pass marks was a flat 40% according to a Bar Council of India (BCI) press release, which would mean roughly 6,300 graduates enrolled for the exam would have to retake it including Chennai graduates.
Despite opposition and court cases against it, the first-ever All India Bar Exam (AIBE) was successfully conducted on Sunday, 6th March, 2011 across 45 examination centres. The object of the exam was to assess capabilities at a basic level, and is intended to set a minimum standard for admission to the practice of law; it addresses a candidate’s analytical abilities and basic knowledge of law. The notification bringing the All India Bar Examination into force was passed by the Legal Education Committee and the members of the Bar Council of India at duly constituted meetings on April 10, 2010 and April 30, 2010.Except for three centres in Chennai, which saw lawyers staging protests. The exam, saw 98 per cent turnout. It went off extremely well, except for some trouble in Chennai, where pproximately 1,600 candidates did not manage to take the exam. For them it will now be held on March 27. It is a great step towards the reform of legal education in India.
The pass percentage amongst male and female candidates is nearly the same and “Candidates who were unable to pass the AIBE, they will be allowed to take the next AIBE . The release did not state how many candidates not counted in the 71 per cent pass rate did not pass due to non-attendance or failing to achieve the correct score.
The results can be seen from the BCI website, www.barcouncilofindia.org . The same is also available at the state Bar Councils of different states.
Low pass percentage in a very elementary paper reflects the actual standard of the legal education in India.Now it is quite clear that there is some problem somewhere in the model of legal education. The result reflects that 29% fresh law graduates are below minimum standard. Now we have to think seriously and refine the whole system so the same thing may not be repeated in future.
In this ambiguous moment of joy and sorrow The Technolexindia wish each passing candidate all the very best for their legal career ahead.

Wish all the Blog Readers a Very Happy Colourful & Safe Holi

Dr. Tabrez Ahmad on behalf of all the authors Wishes the Blog Readers a Very Happy Colourful & Safe Holi. Due to the kind of faith and confidence shown by various readers to us within a short time almost all the blogs and specially Technolexindia, IPlex, and Tabrezahmda’s Blog have got lot of name and fame not only in India but also in different parts of the world. There are around 1.5 Thousand e-mail subscribers of our various blogs. Hope the same kind of cooperation, comment and suggestion will be provided to us and that will further help to upgrade the standard of blog postings.
Thanks all of you once again on the eve of Holi for all cooperation and encouragement shown to us in the last one year.