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The Ninth Edition of the National Law School of India (NLSIU) debate which took place between 6 November, 2010 and 10 November,2010 at the NLSIU campus in Bangalore saw Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT) emerge as winners. Over 54 teams from all across India participated in this four day event held at the NLSIU campus. With law schools making up more than 30 percent of the total participating teams, big names like NUJS (Kolkata), NALSAR (Hyderabad) and NLIU (Bhopal) sent their contingents and up and coming law schools such as Jindal Global Law School also made an appearance.
The four teams and two adjudicators from the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka lent an international flavour to the tournament. By the semi-final level all the law schools had been knocked out and the debate turned out to be a complete non-law affair from then on. The finals were between IIT, Bombay and R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore (RVCE) and saw IIT take the championship.
The NLSIU Debate is South Asia’s largest debate and boasts a prize money of Rs.1,50,000 ($3300). The Debate followed the Asian Style 3-3 Parliamentary Debating format and had a pan-Asian adjudicator core coming in from Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.
The NLS Debate is one of the major debate competitions held by law schools in the country, the other one being held by NUJS. NALSAR plans to have its parliamentary debate in January 2010.