He’s a 4th Year Law Student at National Law University Odisha and recently participated at 13th National Law School Trilegal International Arbitration Moot [NLSTIAM] with his team that comprised of Archit Chakravorty, Jayesh Advani and Priyank Shukla. They were adjudged as Semi-Finalists and won Best Memorial Respondent Side. The following interview describes their journey.
1. WHAT IS THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS MOOT?
International Commercial Arbitration with intersectional issues of Public Law and Technology
2. HOW DID YOU COMPREHEND THE MOOT PROBLEM EFFECTIVELY? ANY TIPS?
I believe every moot proposition is unique & challenging in itself so there exists no straight jacket formula for this. Coming to our moot proposition, we had some really novel and challenging issues. It’s a usual practice in Arbitration Moots that some of the issues repeat itself or I would rather say are common specifically the procedural ones. However, at the NLSTIAM this time there was a big deviation from this very standard and we got ourselves an opportunity to explore the new embroiling issues of Arbitration. As previously mentioned, there are no set protocols for this, however, for the better understanding I would enlist some of the things we did;
1) Moot Proposition is your God. You have to breathe it, eat it and drink it. By that, I meant one should know each and every word of one’s case study.
2) Don’t rush. Good things take time to happen. Some of the deciding issues crack at the last time. So focus on the understanding of the issues rather than cracking them.
3) Once you have some understanding of the case study you can start with your research accordingly.
3. WHAT WERE THE MAJOR CHALLENGES THAT YOU FACED WHILE RESEARCHING/ PREPARING FOR ORAL ROUNDS ON THE PROPOSITION?
Moots are like whirlpool you have to step in with your team into this storm and sail through. I am certain every moot brings its own challenges same was the case with us. Our Case Study released in early February, and we started working on it. However, in a month’s time we were asked to evacuate the campus because of COVID-19. We were in dilemma about what should be done then and there was quite uncertainty as to how the moot would take place. Organisers were not responding. We left for our homes without the books and upon reaching decided to back out. But then Organisers assured us that they were going ahead with the Virtual Moot. And we decided to give it a shot. It was a roller coaster ride as none of us knew what a virtual moot would be like but we stuck together and got through it. At last, I would say, ” When the going gets tough, tougher gets going”. My team is the best I could ask for. All the boys showed fighting spirit and not even once fell short of enthusiasm in such trying times. You are nothing without your team and I owe them big.
4. WHAT PART OF THE PREPARATION AND RESEARCH DID YOU LIKE THE MOST AND WHY?
I will be really honest, the memorial submission was quite hectic and we wanted to just get done with it anyhow. But the practice for orals was fun as that’s the only time we realised that our arguments held water.
5. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A MENTOR IN THIS MOOT? DOES A TEAM DEFINITELY NEED SOMEONE?
In my opinion, I don’t think you need any mentor. It’s good if you have any but this is not something quintessential. I feel, moot is a journey which you have to set alone with your team. Obviously, guidance and directions matter a lot. We too were in touch with few of our seniors but none could have the feels and emotions you have towards it. And therefore I feel rather than focusing on pooling mentors focus on your preparation.
6. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON AND TAKE AWAY YOU WOULD SAY?
Time tests you and you should give that test with a smile 🙂
7. ANY THREE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THE COMING TEAMS?
Just work hard
Trust your team and yourself
Just keep going things fall in place