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A team comprising Pranav Valiathan Pillai, Shilpa Prasad and Ashna Dev of the National University of Advaned Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi has emerged the Winners of the 24th Stetson International Environment Law Moot Court Competition, 2020.
The NUALS team also bagged the prize for the Best Memorial. Additionally, Shilpa Prasad was also adjudged as the second-best oralist in the competition.
The Stetson Moot competition Final rounds were conducted via video conferencing as the rounds in-person were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the dates and time of the virtual rounds were the same as the previously scheduled in-person rounds i.e., from April 2–4, 2020.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, the three-member team said,
"The rounds themselves felt the same. It didn't make a difference whether it was conducted virtually or in person. But it was a different experience as it was the first time that the organizers were conducting the competition virtually. It was also the first time we had taken part in something like this."
On the point of the organization of the competition, the winning team also said,
"Throughout the competition, there were no delays. It was wonderfully organized and so prompt. In fact, many moots had gotten cancelled midst the pandemic. In such a case, them [the organizers] being able to put this up for us and taking the efforts to co-ordinate the entire competition is commendable. All the judges also showed up on time."