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The team from NLSIU of Pratiksha Basarkar, Harshavardhan Sunder, Aman Shukla were the semi-finalists at ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition which concluded on June 7, 2015.
In this e-mail interview with Shreya Vajpei, Pratiksha and Harshvardhan talk about their experience at the competition.
Shreya Vajpei: What made you choose this particular moot?
NLSIU: This was only the second time our university had participated in the moot. However, we received some very positive feedback from the previous team on the quality of the moot and the judging. We thought that this would be a good first international moot for all of us and, hence, took it up.
SV: What was the preparation phase like?
NLSIU: Despite being a relatively short problem, it impressively managed to delve in depth into a lot of tricky legal issues in WTO Law. It required quite a bit of effort on our part to attempt to do justice to it. The process of research kindled an interest in all three of us towards trade law issues. Almost the entirety of the period from problem release to memo submission was needed to complete research.
SV: How would you rate the competition?
NLSIU: We feel that the event was brilliantly organized. Keeping the venues at the WTO itself was very inspiring. We particularly commend the opportunities offered to network with trade law practitioners, law firms, persons working with the WTO and fellow participants. With regards judging, it was stimulating for us to be able to go into the nuance of every issue before some of the foremost authorities in the area. Overall, we think that it was an amazing experience and would recommend it to every person interested in doing an international moot.
SV: Any special moments that you would like to share?
NLSIU: We were fortunate to plead before the case author in the quarterfinals. He’d appreciated our arguments then. After the Semi-Finals concluded, he approached us and congratulated us on our performance. He was especially appreciative because we were the only two-member team in Geneva. However, the special moment was when he requested us to wait and returned with his business cards, asking us to mail him and stay in touch! That honestly made our day.
As regards the Asia-Pacific rounds, being Finalists, and Pratiksha being declared the Best Orator of the Finals and Semi-Finals was indeed encouraging.
It was overall a great experience and we only hope that NLS performs even better in the future.