South Asia 2010-11

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In the December 2010, PCMLP collaborated with National Law University Delhi and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata to host the Oxford-India Media Law Moot Court Competition. NUJS Kolkata and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore emerged as Winners and Runners-up respectively of that year’s competition. As a result, both teams, along with the two semi-finalist teams – the National Law University, Jodhpur and Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur – qualified for the International Rounds in Oxford that were held in March 2011. NLSIU, Bangalore were semi-finalists in the Oxford rounds with their speakers (Ms. Geetha Hariharan and Ms. Sahana Manjesh) bagging the top oralist awards. There was an outstanding group of judges throughout the preliminary rounds, the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The finals bench comprised Justice Gita Mittal, Judge, Delhi High Court; Jutise Valmiki Mehta, Judge, Delhi High Court; Harish Salve, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Former Solicitor General of India; Jonathan Blake, Covington and Burling; and Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal.

Results

Overall Winner:

National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata

Overall Runner-up:

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore – Runners-Up

Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur

National Law University, Jodhpur

Quarter-Finalists (in alphbetical order):

Indian Law Society (ILS), Pune

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
National Law University, Delhi
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala

Best Oralist:

Ms. Sahana Manjesh, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore

Best Individual Oralist – Runner-up:

Ms. Geetha Hariharan, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore

Best Memorial:

National Law University, Jodhpur

Best Memorial – Runner-up:

National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata

Participating Teams:

1. Amity Law School, Delhi
2. Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University
3. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
4. Government Law College, Mumbai
5. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
7. Indian Law Society, Pune
8. KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar
9. KLE Law College, Bangalore
10. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad
11. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
12. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
13. National Law University (NLU), Delhi
14. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
15. National Law University (NLU), Orissa
16. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
17. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Calcutta
18. New Law College, Pune
19. Nirma University, Institute of Law, Ahmedabad
20. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala
21. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
22. Symbiosis Law College, Pune

Judges

Final Round Judges

JUSTICE GITA MITTAL, Judge, Delhi High Court

JUSTICE VALMIKI J MEHTA, Judge, Delhi High Court

HARISH SALVE, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Former Solicitor General of India

JONATHAN BLAKE, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington DC

RAHUL MATTHAN, Partner, Trilegal

Advanced Rounds Judges

AMEET DATTA is a partner at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi and specialises in Intellectual Property Law, Media and Entertainment Law.

ANISH DAYAL has studied law from the University of Cambridge in England on a scholarship of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He has qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales. He has his own commercial & corporate legal practice in Delhi and currently practices in the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court.

HARISH NARASAPPA is currently a partner at Narasappa, Doraswamy & Raja, Bangalore. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 1996 and was a Radhakrishnan scholar to the University of Oxford during 1996-97 to read for the BCL.

JACQUES DELISLE holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, was a graduate student in Political Science at Harvard and received his A.B. from Princeton. He is currently the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Director of the University’s Centre for East Asian Studies and Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

JOSEP CARBONELL has been teaching Political Sciences and Media Studies at the Blanquerna Communications School of Barcelona since 1996. He is also an Academic Visitor at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University.

JOYJYOTI MISRA graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2005. Presently, he is a Senior Associate with Khaitan & Co., New Delhi.

MADHAVI GORADIA Divan got her degree in law from Cambridge University where she was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. She practices in the Supreme Court in 2007. She is the author of a book titled, ‘Facets of Media Law’ published in 2006.

NEEL MASON graduated from the National Law School of India University in 1997 and is currently a Managing Partner at Mason & Associates.

NIKHIL KANEKAL graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and is currently the law correspondent for the MINT and reports principally from the Supreme Court of India. He was a Stabile Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

RAJSHEKHAR RAO graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 1999. He was Junior Counsel with the Justice Venkataswami Commission appointed to look into the ‘Tehelka’ matter. He is in private practice at New Delhi since July 2006 and appears before the Supreme Court, High Courts and other forums.

RAMAN JIT SINGH CHIMA is a policy analyst with Google, based in Delhi. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

SAIKRISHNA RAJAGOPAL graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 1995 and founded Saikrishna & Associates in January 2001. He has also been recently appointed as a member of the National Legal Knowledge Council.

SAJAN POOVAYYA is currently the Managing Partner of Poovayya & Co. and amongst India’s leading experts on Technology, Media and Telecommunication Law. He graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and obtained a Master’s in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

SHISHIR VAYTTADEN graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2005 and is currently a Managing Associate with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices.

SHWETASREE MAJUMDER graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2002. She is the co-founder of Fidus Law Chambers. She is currently co-authoring the Master IP Guide-India, a Wolters Kluwer Law publication.

SUDHIR KRISHNASWAMY is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and completed his BCL and D.Phil in Law from the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. He is currently a Professor of Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

VISHNU JEROME graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2002. Presently, he is a partner at AZB & Partners. Previously, he has worked as an Associate at Poovayya & Co., Advocates & Solicitors.

VIVEK DURAI is the co-founder and managing partner at Atman Law Partners with significant experience in technology, media and telecom sectors.

WOLFGANG SCHULZ is the Managing Director of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg. He studied Law and Journalism in Hamburg and in July 2009 habilitation through the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg, granted him the venia legendi in public law, media law and legal philosophy.

Preliminary Rounds Judges

AARTHI RAJAN holds a degree in law from University of Cardiff, Wales and completed her Bar Vocational Course from College of Law, Bloomsbury, London. She has previously worked as an associate at Fox Mandal Little, New Delhi and is currently working in Chambers of Mohan Parasaran, Additional Solicitor General of India, as a Junior Counsel.

ABHAYRAJ NAIK graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He is currently teaching at Jindal Global Law School.

AKHIL ANAND is currently a senior associate with Poovayya & Co., New Delhi and is primarily involved in litigation, real estate and general corporate matters.

ALOK PRASANNA is a graduate of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and holds a BCL from the University of Oxford. He currently works in the Chambers of Mohan Parasaran, Additional Solicitor General of India and is a Panel-C counsel appearing on behalf of the Union of India in the Supreme Court.

ANIMESH SINHA graduated from Amity Law School in 2008 and has previously worked as a legal associate in the litigation team at Karanjawala & Co. He is currently a partner at Accendo Law Partners.

ANIRUDDHA JAIRAM is a graduate of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and has completed his BCL from the University of Oxford. He has previously worked at White and Case – New York, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and is currently an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School.

ANIRUDH WADHWA is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and has previously worked with Clifford Chance in London. He is currently practicing at the Delhi High Court and is the Chief-Editor of Justice RS Bachawat’s ‘Law of Arbitration and Conciliation’ (5th Edition, LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur).

ARVIND LAKHAWAT is a Gold Medalist from the National Law University, Jodhpur and is currently an associate at AZB & Partners, New Delhi. His work primarily deals with private equity, acquisition, media and telecom.

BAHAAR DHAWAN graduated from Symbiosis Law School , Pune and is currently working in the litigation department at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

BIPIN ASPATWAR graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2008 and was formerly the Assistant Director of the Public Interest Legal Support and Research Centre. He is currently practicing in the Supreme Court of India.

CHETAN GUPTA completed his BCL from the University of Oxford in 2008 and is currently in private practice. Previously, he has clerked for Justice Arijit Pasayat and has also worked in the Chambers of Harish Salve and Gaurav Pachnanda.

DEEPTO ROY graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2005 and has previously worked with Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. as a Principal Associate. Presently, he is a partner with PXV Law Partners and heads the banking and energy practice.

GOPAL JAIN practices in the Supreme Court of India and has significant expertise in media law issues.

Indira Ramesh graduated from ILS Law College, Pune and currently works in the Chambers of Harish Salve. She has previously worked with Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., Mumbai and also litigated in the Madras High Court for over two years with Mr. Satish Parasaran.

JESSE TOWNSEND holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his J.D from Yale Law School. He is currently a Jindal Global Teaching Fellow at O.P. Jindal Global University.

JOYJYOTI MISRA graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2005. Presently, he is a Senior Associate with Khaitan & Co., New Delhi.

KAMALDEEP DAYA graduated from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University and worked in the Chambers of Harish Salve from 2005-2010. He is currently an independent litigator and continues to assist Mr. Salve in certain matters.

MIHIRA SOOD graduated from NALSAR University of Law in 2007 and is currently an Associate with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices speacialising in Intellectual Property litigation.

NEHA SACHDEV graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2007 and completed her LL.M from New York University in 2008. She is currently an Associate in the Project and Infrastructure team at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices.

NIKHIL KANEKAL graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and is currently the law correspondent for the MINT and reports principally from the Supreme Court of India. He was a Stabile Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

NIKHIL NARENDRAN is a graduate from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Cochin and is presently an Associate with Trilegal, Bangalore. He has been associated with Trilegal’s TMT and general corporate practice for the past three years.

NITIN MASILAMANI graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and is currently a Principal Associate at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

NIZAM PASHA graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2007 and is currently works at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions team. He recently completed a teaching assignment in Securities Law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

PADMA PRIYA graduated from the School of Law, Indraprastha University and currently heads the litigation team at MV Kini & Co.

PRADYUMAN DUBEY graduated from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University in 2003. He has previously worked at Lall & Sethi and is currently a Senior Associate at Luthra and Luthra Law Offices.

PREETINDER SINGH is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and currently practices in the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

RAGHAV SHANKAR graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and completed his BCL and M.Phil from the University of Oxford. He is currently litigating in Delhi.

RAHUL NARAYAN completed his law degree in 2004 and read for the BCL from the University of Oxford directly thereafter. He is currently an independent practitioner dealing with both litigation and corporate matters. He has previously worked at AZB & Partners, New Delhi and Herbert Smith in London.

RISHABH SANCHETI is a Gold Medalist from National Law University, Jodhpur and completed the European Master in Law and Economics from the European Union as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. Presently, he is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of India.

RUCHIRA GOEL graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and completed her LL.M. from the New York University School of Law on an Inlaks scholarship in 2010. She is presently a Research Associate at Jindal Global Law School.

SAGNIK SINHA graduated from the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar in 2009 and is currently an international trade lawyer with Laksmi, Kumaran & Sridharan.

SALMAN WARIS heads the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice at Fox Mandal Little. He has worked on a broad range of transactional, advisory and contentious matters in the IT, Telecom and Media sectors and regularly advises on legal/regulatory issues concerning telecommunication, new media and the Internet, data protection/ privacy and technology transfers.

SANTHOSH KRISHNAN graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2007 and is currently a litigating lawyer based in New Delhi.

SAURABH SARAOGI graduated from Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur and is currently an associate in the litigation and commercial arbitration team at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

SHISHIR VAYTTADEN graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2005 and is currently a Managing Associate with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices.

SHRAVANTH SHANKER holds a degree in law from Osmania University, Hyderabad and is presently an Associate Advocate at Amit Sibal’s Law Chambers in New Delhi. He is primarily involved with Commercial and Intellectual Property litigation at the Delhi High Court.

SWATHI SUKUMAR graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2005 and completed her LL.M from Columbia Law School in 2010. She is currently a litigating lawyer in Delhi with expertise in Intellectual Property.

TULIKA SEN graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2007 and completed her BCL from the University of Oxford in 2010. Presently, she is an Associate at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi.

VIK KANWAR received a B.A. from New College in Social and Critical Theory in 1997 and completed his LL.M. from the New York University School of Law in 2001. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director, Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence at Jindal Global Law School.

VINAY KESARI graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2009 and is currently an Associate with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi.

VIVEK DURAI is the co-founder and managing partner at Atman Law Partners with significant experience in technology, media and telecom sectors.

ZOHEB HOSSAIN graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and completed his BCL in 2009 from the University of Oxford. He currently works in the Chambers of Mohan Parasaran, Additional Solicitor General of India.

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