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NLSIU Wins the 14th Oxford Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

May 5, 2021

We are proud to share that our team from NLSIU has emerged as the Winner of the 14th Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. The Monroe E Price Media Law Moot Court Competition is organised by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. The team comprising Aman Sadiwala, Sumit Chatterjee and Aarohi Chaudhuri, became the first from NLSIU to win the prestigious Oxford Price Moot.

The Monroe E Price Media Law Moot Court Competition is organised by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. The competition challenges students to engage in comparative research of legal standards at the national, regional and international levels, and to develop their arguments (in written and oral forms) on cutting-edge questions in media, information and telecommunications law.

The 14th edition, which was conducted online, saw participation from 100 teams across the world through seven regional rounds.

About the team:

Aman Sadiwala and Sumit Chatterjee are both in the fourth year of their BA LLB programme while Aarohi Chaudhuri is in his second year. They were coached by Shubham Jain (NLS LLB’ 2018, Cambridge ‘2019, Linklaters London).

Besides winning the competition, Aman Sadiwala was also adjudged the 8th Best Oralist in the International Rounds while Sumit Chatterjee was declared the Best Oralist during the South Asia Regional Rounds. Here’s what the team had to say on their win:

What was your reaction upon being declared winners of the competition?

We are delighted to have won the competition, given that we were unable to meet physically for the entirety of the moot. Bringing the Price trophy home to NLS for the first time makes it that much more special and we could not be happier to have been able to make a small contribution to NLS’ rich mooting legacy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our coach Shubham Jain and everyone else who helped us in our preparations, this would not have been possible without their guidance.

How was the overall experience of participating in the competition?

It was an amazing and enriching experience. The problem dealt with extremely relevant contemporary issues and revolved around the risk of physical assemblies and misinformation during a public health crisis – issues that governments across the world are currently grappling with in light of Covid-19. Moreover, the experience of presenting and defending our arguments before eminent judges, including former UNHRC members and free speech experts, was unparalleled.

Reacting to their win, the NLS Moot Court Society Faculty Advisor, Raag Yadava said: “We are very proud of Aman, Sumit and Aarohi. The Price Moot sets the bar high – the team had to argue on live, and complex, issues of free speech and misinformation during a public health crisis against some of best law students from across the world before leading practitioners and academics in the field of media and telecommunications. Their performance is a reflection of their hard work and dedication, especially since they had to work remotely. Their win is also a reminder of how mooting can be an exciting and practical way to develop research, writing and advocacy skills integral to a good legal education, as also to meet and interact with law students from different cultures.”

To know more about the Competition, visit: Monroe E Price Media Law Moot Court Competition 

View the video of Price Media Law Moot Court Competition Virtual Finals 2021: