The Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation and Leiden University, the Netherlands have partnered to organise the Leiden – Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition. The Competition is the first of its kind in the world. The first nine editions of the Competition were held in New Delhi in 2010, Dubai in 2011, Istanbul in 2012, Abu Dhabi in 2013, Bucharest Romania in 2014; Beijing, China in 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2016, Malta in 2017 and Seoul, South Korea in 2018.
The AIL – Sarin National India Rounds of the 10th Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition were held today at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali in which 23 teams (from the top National Law Universities of India) participated. The Competition was inaugurated by Mr. Justice Krishna Murari, Chief Justice, Punjab & Haryana High Court. This year’s event is unique in so much as, even the International Rounds are being held in Chandigarh from April 5 to 7. 2019 which will witness experts from Air Law from around the world descend into Chandigarh to judge teams from over 12 different nations.
Mr. Justice Krishna Murari, appreciated the efforts of the organisers i.e. the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation and Leiden University in drawing up a wonderful proposition, on air law, which raised legal issues concerning countries and people around the globe. He highlighted the need to hold more such Competitions which help students of law become good advocates.
The moot court was judged by over 50 different judges, including 3 Hon’ble Judges of the High Court viz., Justice RN Raina, Justice Deepak Sibal and Justice Sudhir Mittal.
Mr. ML Sarin, Secretary General of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, also announced the winners of the newly introduced “Sarin Foundation Best Mooter of the Year Award”. This award has been instituted by the Foundation with a corpus of Rs. 5,00,000/-; the interest of which will be used to felicitate the best mooter from the Army Institute of Law, Mohali annually. The two students of the Army Institute of Law who jointly shared the Rs. 50,000/- prize money are:
Ms. Fury Jain; and
Mr. Shourya Sarin.
Mr. Sarin further thanked the participants and organisers in making the India Rounds a success and hoped that one of the selected Indian teams will win the finals to be held in Chandigarh from April 5 – 7, 2019.
The four selected teams for the finals in Chandigarh (in April 2019) are:
1. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
2. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
3. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
4. The Army Institute of Law, Mohali
In the International rounds in Chandigarh later this year (in April), teams from 12 countries, i.e. India, Singapore, China (Hongkong) China, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Turkey, Canada will compete for the laurels.
Mr. Nitin Sarin, the Moot Co-ordinator informed everyone that the Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court is a pioneering event founded by the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation and Leiden University, the Netherlands. It is the only moot court competition in the world on air law, a fascinating and growing field of law. Mr. Nitin Sarin (also a specialist in air law) stated that this field of law is very pertinent as India is slated to be the largest aviation market in the world by the year 2030.