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Friday, 12 February 2010 - 12:34am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Lawyers to discuss universal human rights issues and treatment of prison inmates.

The Moot Court Association of Government Law College (GLC) and DM Harish Foundation will kick off an international moot court competition today. Nearly 28 colleges will be participating in the event which will continue till February 14.

Three colleges from United Kingdom, Kings College, St Edmund’s, Cambridge University, University of Kent and other teams from Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Nepal, Ethiopia and Nigeria will compete.   

‘Mooting’ is a key co-curricular activity at GLC. It started as an exercise where law students could develop their skills in the area of advocacy. This is a challenging platform, where students present and argue their cases. It has proved to be an enjoyable and ingenious method of practical training.

Mooting has now evolved and emerged as an integral part of the curriculum of leading institutes imparting legal education, all over the world. “The competition was initially held at national level but in 2005, GLC and the DM Harish Foundation took the lead in making it the first international law moot court event in the country,” said Prof Sanjay Kadam, professor in-charge. 

Prakash Mokal, principal, GLC said, “We want to provide students an international platform to hone their advocacy skills. The encouragement and enthusiastic response received from participants as well as the legal fraternity during the initial years of its inception prompted the MCA and DM Harish Foundation to throw open the arena to international law students. Today we have teams from various countries participating and promoting cross-cultural exchange of ideas, interactions and knowledge.”

GLC has been hosting the international moot court competition, in
association with the DM Harish Foundation for over a decade. The 2010 edition of the international moot court competition marks the sixth year, when the competition will see international teams participating on a global platform.

The topic of panel discussion today will be ‘Criminal acts of states - What can nations do under the ticking bomb scenario?’ Panellists for the same include Bharatiya Janata Party secretary Smriti Irani, Rajya Sabha MP Bal Apte, Beth Brownson,  US vice consul and political officer, senior advocate Navroz Seervai and social activist Teesta Setalvad. “This year, the topic reflects our concern for the universal fundamental right of human dignity that prohibits torture, cruelty and inhuman treatment of prisoners,” informed Sanjay Kadam.

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