International Rounds 2012



The 5th annual International Rounds in Oxford of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place from 21 – 24 March, 2012. The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy welcomed 33 teams from 18 countries to Oxford to argue a case about anonymity online and national security. Countries represented included India, Kenya, Ukraine, China, Greece, Georgia, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Bosnia, Latvia and Belgium among others. In the finals of the most competitive International Rounds of the competition yet, NALSAR University of Hyderbad, India defeated the University of Technology, Sydney to win the title.


Overall Winner:

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderbad, India

Overall Runner-up:

University of Technology, Sydney

Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical order):

National Law University, Delhi, India
Valparaiso University, USA

Quarter Finalists (in alphabetical order):

National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India
Moi University, Kenya
Singapore Management University, Singapore

Best Oralist:

Nathan Webb, Kaplan Law School, UK

Best Oralist – Runner-up:

Jane Lim Ern Hui, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Best Memorials:

National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India

Best Memorials – Runner-up:

Valparaiso University, USA

Top 15 teams, in alphabetical order (after the Preliminary Rounds):

Birkbeck College University of London, UK

Cardozo School of Law, USA

Moi University, Kenya

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India

National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India

National Law University, Delhi, India

National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India

Renmin University, China

Singapore Management University, Singapore

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

University of Belgrade, Serbia

University of Latvia

University of Pennsylvania, USA

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Valparaiso University, USA

Other Participating Teams:

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

City University London, UK

College of Law London Bloomsbury

Communication University of China

Kaplan Law School, UK

Korea University, South Korea

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

Lagos State University, Nigeria

New York Law School, USA

Qatar University

Sri Lanka Law College (submitted memorials)

Tbilisi State University

United Arab Emirates University

University Law College, Quetta, Pakistan (submitted memorials)

University of Ghent, Belgium

University of Illinois, USA

University of Sarajevo

University of Sharjah, UAE


Final Round Judges

MR JONATHAN BLAKE has practiced communications and media law at Covington & Burling since 1964. He was the head of that practice group, Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and Chair of Covington & Burling. Last year he was named Washington Communications Lawyer of the Year. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford.

PROFESSOR TIMOTHY ENDICOTT has been Dean of the Faculty of Law since October 2007. He is a Fellow in Law at Balliol College, and has been a Professor of Legal Philosophy since 2006. Endicott writes on Jurisprudence and Constitutional and Administrative Law, with special interests in law and language and interpretation.

JUSTICE ZDRAVKA KALAYDJIEVA has been a Judge on the European Court of Human Rights since May 2008. She served as the Judicial Officer and Regional Coordinator, UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Judicial System Assessment Programme, 1999-2000, and was the Founder, Board Member and Project Coordinator of the Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights since 1993.

MR PETER REES QC is the Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. He holds an MA from the University of Cambridge, having read law at Downing College, and an MBA from Nottingham Trent University. He collaborates with Professor Adrian Briggs (St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) in producing the legal textbook ‘Civil Jurisdiction & Judgments’ (Briggs & Rees, 5th Ed. LLP), is a Fellow of the CIArb, and a Council member of the European User’s Council of the LCIA and of ICC UK.

MR SHARDUL SHROFF is a Managing Partner of Amarchand Mangaldas, the largest Indian law firm with seven offices across India. Chambers & Partners has recently awarded him for “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession in India 2012”. He was also awarded the Best Corporate Lawyer in India Award 2012 by Legal Era.

THE HON. MR JUSTICE TUGENDHAT is a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was educated at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge and Yale University and practised at the bar from 1970 to 2003. He was a recorder from 1987 and a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey from 2000. His publications include ‘The Law of Privacy and the Media’ (2002) with Iain Christie.

MR OSAMA ABU-DEHAYS is the Chief Legal Officer at Aljazeera. He manages a team of 22 lawyers and paralegals and oversees the overall function of the department for the Network’s 78 offices around the world. He has a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Concordia University and an LLB from the University of Kent.

Senior Judges

DR SABAH JUMAAH AL-BAWI is Legal Advisor to the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad, Iraq. He has been extremely dynamic and instrumental to the successful mobilization of journalists and civil society activists around issues relating to freedom of expression and human rights in Iraq.

JUDGE WILLEM KORTHALS ALTES has been a judge in The Netherlands since 1995 and is currently a Senior Judge in the Criminal Law Division of the Rechtbank of Amsterdam. He is also a Visiting Professor at the New York Law School’s Media Center and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

MR AVNEESH ARPUTHAM works with the Scrutiny Unity of the British Parliament. He was previously an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and was appointed as a Panel Lawyer for the Union of India in February 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College in India and an LLB from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi.

MR KEITH ASHBY is Head of Dispute Resolution at the leading media and entertainment firm, Sheridans. Keith represents high profile individuals and organizations in defamation and privacy disputes and is a solicitor to the Press Complaints Commission.

MR CLIVE BALDWIN is the Senior Legal Advisor for the legal and policy office of Human Rights Watch. Prior to 2007, Clive practiced law with the human rights law firm, Bindman and Partners and worked on European human rights litigation at the AIRE Centre.

MR TAHIR BASHEER is a Partner at the leading entertainment law firm, Sheridans. His expertise primarily relates to music, but he now advises on the convergence in the entertainment industry and the cutting-edge online ventures surrounding it.

DR ENRICO BONADIO is a lecturer in Intellectual Property and EU Law at City University London. He holds a JD from Pisa Law School and a PhD from the University of Florence. He has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practiced for several years at international law firms.

MR DESMOND BROWNE QC is joint head of chambers at 5RB, representing both the media (for the Mirror in the Naomi Campbell case) and claimants (Boris Berezovsky against Forbes magazine). He read law at New College, Oxford, and has practised media law for forty years.

DR DAMIAN CARNEY is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and a law degree from the LSE. He specializes in teaching journalists media law and is currently writing a monograph on the use of anonymous sources by journalists.

MS ANTONINA CHEREVKO is a media lawyer and works for International Media Support coordinating its programme in Ukraine. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine where she obtained a Master’s of Law with a specialisation in media law. She was a 2010 participant in the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute.

MR STEPHEN COLLINS is a senior editorial lawyer for Times Newspapers Ltd and advises The Times and The Sunday Times on a daily basis. He has previously been a Senior Lawyer for Channel 4 and the General Counsel for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has over 25 years experience defending media organizations.

MR NEVILLE CORDELL is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP where he specialises in IP and media litigation and acted in the first ‘Napster’ copyright infringement case in the UK. He holds an LLM with distinction in Intellectual Property and Media Law from Kings College, London.

DR RACHAEL CRAUFURD SMITH is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in media, the regulation of culture and European Union law. She was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, is a qualified solicitor and has worked in the International and Policy and Planning Departments of the BBC.

MR JONATHAN DONNELLAN is Deputy General Counsel for Hearst Corporation in New York. Previously, he served as lead newsroom lawyer for CNN, CNN International, U.S. News and World Report and the New York Daily News, and for nine years before that at the New York law firm Cahill Gordon Reindel.

MR KORIEH DUODU is a barrister with Addleshaw Goddard, and previously an in-house lawyer at Guardian Newspapers and an advocate with David Price Solicitors and Advocates. He specialises in defamation, privacy, copyright, passing off, as well as media-related commercial and contractual matters.

MR ROGER ENOCK is Managing Partner of the London office of Covington & Burling and is a specialist in litigation and arbitration. He was formerly a partner at Freshfields.

MS ANIKA SARAH FARMER is a Civil Attorney-at-Law from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She has served as Litigation Associate at Messrs. Fitzwilliam Stone Furness-Smith & Morgan (one of the leading firms in Trinidad and Tobago), and also as Legal Counsel II in the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development.

DR NAZILA GHANEA teaches international human rights law at the University of Oxford and was the founding editor of the international journal of Religion and Human Rights. Her research spans freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, women’s rights, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East.

DR LIEVE GIES is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She is currently researching how human rights law is portrayed in the media, focusing specifically on press treatment of the Human Rights Act.

DR KIRSTY HUGHES is a Fellow and Turpin-Lipstein Lecturer in Law at Clare College, Cambridge, where she is also Director of Studies and Admissions Tutor. She has published widely on the law of privacy. She also held a lectureship at the University of Warsaw, Poland and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

MR GEORGE HWANG is an Intellectual Property and Media Lawyer in Singapore and an Adjunct Lecturer in media law at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

MS NANI JANSEN is a Legal Officer with the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She is a qualified lawyer and has practiced international litigation and arbitration for several years prior to joining MLDI. She holds law degrees from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School in New York.

MS JENNIFER KOONS is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Qatar and an international freelance journalist. Previously she was a Washington DC- based journalist writing about foreign policy, national security and legal issues. She holds an MA in journalism and a law degree from Northwestern.

MR AD VAN LOON is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School and has advised numerous national lawmakers on the structure and regulation of the media sector. Ad holds a law degree from the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands.

PROFESSOR LAURENCE LUSTGARTEN is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. He was formerly Professor of Law at the University of Southampton; and Commissioner, IPCC. He has authored or co-authored a variety of books on national security, policing, and racial discrimination.

MR DAVID McCRAW is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The New York Times and was previously Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the New York Daily News and a lawyer with Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance in New York.

DR TARLACH McGONAGLE is a Senior Researcher with the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, and a BA in International Law and French from the National University of Ireland, Halway.

DR LAWRENCE McNAMARA is a Reader in Law at the University of Reading, having come to the U.K. in 2007 after working in Australian universities for ten years. Lawrence holds an ESRC/AHRC Fellowship in Ideas and Beliefs (2009-12) for a research programme titled “Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know”.

MR KAVEH MOUSSAVI is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Scio-Legal Studies (CSLS), University of Oxford, Kaveh Moussavi was called to the Bar in Tehran in 1978. He studied at the Universities of London, Leeds and Oxford and between 2003 and 2009, served as Head of Public Interest Law and Policy Programme of CSLS.

DR HARJINDER OBHI is the Legal Director for Google UK. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he was Senior Legal Counsel at Network General (a silicon valley based technology company, now NetScout) covering EMEA and Asia Pacific. His private practice experience was at law firms Lovells and Bristows.

MS JUDITH ODER is a lawyer at INTERIGHTS, an NGO that works to defend human rights and freedoms worldwide. She holds an LLM from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden) and an LLB from Makerere University, Uganda.

MS ADRIENNE PAGE QC is a specialist in defamation, privacy and media law at 5RB, where she was joint head of chambers for eight years until 2011.

DR PETER PETKOFF has taught at Bristol, Oxford and Buckingham Universities and has been a visiting fellow at the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law and the Leopold-Wenger-Institute for Legal History at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He has studied law and theology in Sofia, Leeds, Oxford and Rome.

MS GILL PHILLIPS is Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media. She qualified in 1984 and joined the BBC as an in-house lawyer in 1987, later working for News Group Newspapers and then Times Newspapers Limited where she became Head of Litigation.

DR ORESTE POLLICINO is Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law, Bocconi University. He holds a post-doc in Comparative Public Law Bocconi University, a PhD in Constitutional Law from State University of Milan and a LLM in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges.

MS JEN ROBINSON is Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation. She was previously lawyer with Finers Stephens Innocent and worked for several years with Geoffrey Robertson QC. She was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and holds a BCL and MPhil in Public International Law from that institution.

MR JACOB ROWBOTTOM is University Lecturer in law at University College, Oxford. He is also the author of Democracy Distorted (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

MR AKASH SACHDEVA is a partner in the IP department of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Akash qualified as a barrister at the Chambers of Christopher Floyd QC and has specialised in all aspects of intellectual property litigation for over 14 years.

MS GUNJAN SHAH is a partner with Amarchand Mangaldas in Delhi. She graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and completed her BCL from the University of Oxford.

MR JOEL SMITH is a partner in the Disputes Practice at Herbert Smith LLP, London, specialising in media and intellectual property issues. He holds a MA in law from the University of Cambridge and Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Bristol.

MS DIVYA VENUGOPAL works at Slaughter and May in London. She graduated from NALSAR University in Hyderabad and has an LLM from the LSE.

PROFESSOR DIRK VOORHOOF teaches courses in media law, copyright law, and journalism ethics at Ghent University. Since 2004 he has also lectured on European Media Law at Copenhagen University as well as lecturing in the Media Lawyers Advocate Programme at the University of Oxford.

MR MARK WARBY QC has practised media law for 30 years and is joint head of Chambers at 5RB. He has represented media outlets and claimants in numerous high-profile libel cases in the UK.

MR CHRIS WATSON is a partner in Cameron McKenna’s Technology and Litigation practice and head of the TMT sector group. He has consistently been named one of the world’s top 6 lawyers in Telecoms since the 2005 edition of the ‘Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers’.

MS CHRISTIEN WILDEMAN is a lawyer at Kennedy Van der Laan, Amsterdam, where she specialises in IP and media law. Last year she represented the artist Nadia Plesner in her case against Louis Vuitton.

MR RICHARD WINFIELD is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. For over 30 years he served as General Counsel of the Associated Press while a partner in the law firm of Rogers & Wells, which became Clifford Chance US LLP. He has served as Chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee and Chairman of the Fund for Peace.

PROFESSOR FELIX WU is an Assistant Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has a BA in computer science from Harvard, and a PhD in computer science and JD from University California, Berkeley. He was an associate at Covington & Burling in San Francisco and at Fish & Richardson in Boston.


MR NAEEM AHMED is studying for an LLM in corporate finance from UCL and also works as a senior consultant in West Thames Consultancy in London.

MS AVANI BANSAL is currently pursuing BCL from University of Oxford, specialising in International Dispute Settlement, Environmental Law and Constitutional Law. She holds a bachelor’s in law from Hidayatullah National Law University and her team received third place at the 3rd Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

MR GAUTAM BHATIA is reading for the BCL at Balliol College, University of Oxford, on a Rhodes scholarship. He is a graduate of the National Law School of India University. He was a quarter-finalist at the International Rounds of the Jessup competition in 2010, and one of the recipients of the Evans, Baxter and Dillard awards.

MS SARAH BOUSFIELD is reading for the BCL at St Anne’s College, Oxford, with a focus in public and commercial law. In 2011 she was a UK National Mooting Champion in the Jessup competition and was awarded the individual prize of ‘Best Oralist in the Final’.

MR CHINTAN CHANDRACHUD is currently reading for the BCL at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford on a J.N. Tata Scholarship. He graduated from the Government Law College, Mumbai and has worked as a trainee with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India.

MR RICHARD DANBURY is studying for a DPhil in media law at the University of Oxford. Previously he was a BBC television journalist for 10 years and practised as a barrister, specialising in criminal law.

MS RENE GAYLE is an LLM student at Queen Mary, University of London. She was awarded Best Advocate in both the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court in 2011 and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court in 2009.

MR ALIAHMED HASSANALI is reading for the MSc in African Studies at Merton College, University of Oxford, on a Rhodes scholarship and holds an MSc in Law and Finance from Merton. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and is admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

MR TROELS LARSEN is conducting doctoral research on the ‘chilling effect’ on freedom of expression as identified by the ECtHR at Queen Mary, University of London.

MS STEPHANIE PANCHKOWRY is reading International Commercial Litigation for a LLM at UCL. She was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2011.

MR GRAHAM REYNOLDS is undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Oxford supported by the SSHRC and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. He is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, where he teaches copyright law, intellectual property law, and property law.

MR MICHAIL RISVAS is reading for an MPhil in Public International Law at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He holds an MJur with distinction from University of Oxford, an LLB from University of Athens. He is a qualified attorney and has received the Academy of Athens scholarship for Public International Law.

MR PAOLO RONCHI holds a BA and a JD from Bologna Law School and MJur as Gregory Kulkes scholar from Balliol College, Oxford and he is currently Lamb and Flag Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, reading for a DPhil in Law, specifically in human rights law.

MS TIZIANA SCARAMUZZA is a doctoral student at CSLS, University of Oxford, specializing in the law of occupational pension schemes.

MS IRINA TERZIEVA is reading for the MJur at Lady Margaret Hall College, University of Oxford. She is a law graduate of Sofia University, Bulgaria. She holds the Best Oralist award from the Bulgarian National Rounds of the Jessup competition and judged the U.K. National Rounds of Jessup in February 2012.

MR ANIRUDH WADHWA is presently reading for the BCL at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. He is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, and has previously worked as a lawyer with Clifford Chance in London and Tokyo, and as an advocate in Delhi.