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Rules of the Competition

7th NLUO - BOSE & MITRA & CO. IMAM 2020

 

Download rules of the competition here

1. DEFINITIONS

2. INTERPRETATION

3. LANGUAGE

4. ELIGIBILITY

5. TEAM COMPOSITION

6. REGISTRATION

7. NEED BASED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR OVERSEAS TEAMS

8. RELEASE OF CASE STUDY AND CLARIFICATIONS

9. ANONYMITY OF TEAMS.

10. MEMORIALS

11. ORAL ROUNDS

12. AWARDS

13. SCHEDULE

14. TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION

15. MISCELLANEOUS

16. CONTACT


 

1. DEFINITIONS

  1.  ‘Advanced Round’ means the Final Round, Semi-Final Round, Quarter-Final Round of the Competition.

  2. ‘Arbitral Tribunal’ refers to a tribunal consisting of arbitrators judging the Oral Rounds of the Competition.

  3. ‘Case Study’ means the official hypothetical case of the Competition as released by The Moot Society pursuant to Rule 8.

  4. ‘Claimant’ means the side that argues on behalf of the Claimant.

  5. ‘Clarifications’ means the procedural order(s) and/or official corrections and/or any other clarifications to the Case Study as released by The Moot Society pursuant to Rule 8.

  6. ‘Competition’ means the 7th National Law University Odisha Bose & Mitra & Co.  International Maritime Arbitration Moot Competition, 2020.

  7. ‘Memorial’ means the written submissions of each team, submitted pursuant to these Rules.

  8. ‘Official Team Contact’ means the individual identified by the team during the registration process for receipt of the official team correspondence.

  9. ‘Official Website’ means the website of the Competition- www.nluoimam.com.

  10. ‘Oral Round’ means match of oral presentations between two teams, one representing the claimant and the other representing respondent. A total of twenty (20) teams, with highest memorial scores, shall be eligible to participate for the Oral Rounds.

  11. ‘Penalty’ means the deductions imposed on the memorial scores of a participating institution, as provided for under Rule 10.3.7.

  12. ‘Plagiarism’ means:

    1. Duplication of somebody else’s ideas or work as represented in books, articles, internet or any other sources without giving acknowledgement.

    2. Duplication of other moot memorials, irrespective of whether the memorial is a competing memorial or not, and irrespective of whether there is any acknowledgement or not.

  13. ‘Power Match-Up’ means the type of match-up used to determine the fixtures of the advanced rounds. In advanced rounds, the team with highest cumulative round points will compete against the one with the lowest cumulative round points. Illustration: In quarter-finals and semi-finals, the highest-ranked team will compete against the lowest-ranked team.

  14. ‘Preliminary Rounds’ means the Oral Rounds which take place before the advanced rounds for the purpose of determining which team qualifies for the advanced rounds.

  15. ‘Rebuttals’ means the arguments presented by the Claimant in response to the Respondent’s submissions at the end of the main pleadings of all the speakers.

  16. ‘Respondent’ means the side that argues on behalf of the Respondent.

  17. ‘Round Point System’ means the assessment criteria used to determine the winner of the oral round pursuant Rule 11.3.

  18. ‘Rules’ means these official rules of the Competition.

  19. ‘Scouting’ means a person observing the Oral Rounds of a team other than the team such person is associated with.

  20. ‘Seeding Match-Up’ means the type of match-up used to determine the fixtures of the preliminary rounds. The registered teams will be seeded in the descending order of their memorial scores and will be divided into 4 groups of 5 participating teams each. The teams in each group will be matched up against the next seeded team in the group. The fifth-seeded team in the group will be matched up against the first seeded team in the group.

Illustration: If the preliminary round's fixtures of twenty teams were to be decided based on their ranks, being the team number itself (team 1’s rank is 1, team 2’s rank is 2…etc.); the following will be the fixtures.

In group 1 - Team 1 vs Team 5; Team 5 vs Team 9; Team 9 vs Team 13; Team 13 vs Team 17; Team 17 vs Team 1

In group 2 – Team 2 vs Team 6; Team 6 vs Team 10; Team 10 vs Team 14; Team 14 vs Team 18; Team 18 vs Team 2. So, on and so forth.

21. ‘Speaker’ means a participant who presents oral arguments in any given rounds.

22. ‘Sur-Rebuttals’ means the defence presented by the Respondent to the rebuttals as defined in Rule 1.15.

23. ‘Team Code’ means the code allotted to participating institutions by the moot society after completion of registration.

24. ‘The Moot Society’ or ‘TMS’ or "organising committee" means the Moot Society of National Law University Odisha and the members therein, formed for the purposes of regulating and conducting mooting activities in the University.

2. INTERPRETATION

The interpretation placed upon these Rules by the organising committee shall be conclusive. The decision of the organising committee regarding the application of these Rules shall be final and binding on all the participating teams of the Competition.

 

3. LANGUAGE

The Competition shall be conducted in ENGLISH language only.

4. ELIGIBILITY

  1. All students registered with law schools, faculties of law and other higher educational institutions offering a law degree program or offering law as a part of its program of study are eligible to participate in the Competition. All participants must be students pursuing either undergraduate or postgraduate law course (including LL.M. programs) or its equivalent conducted by any recognized institution. No student who has been licensed to practice law is eligible to participate in the Competition.

  2.  Each participating institution is entitled to send only one team to the Competition, comprising of students from the Undergraduate or Post Graduate law course, or both.

  3.  Team members must be bonafide students of the institution they are representing.

  4.  The maximum number of teams allowed to compete in the Oral Rounds of the Competition is twenty (20). The selection of the top twenty teams, out of all the registered teams will be based on the ‘memorials’ submitted by the registered teams.

5. TEAM COMPOSITION

  1.  A team shall consist of a minimum of two members and a maximum of three members.

  2.  In each of the Oral Rounds, only two members of the team shall be allowed to present the arguments for the entire duration of the Competition. Other members of the team will not aid them in any way.

  3.  Only those participants, duly registered as speakers in the registration form, shall be allowed to present the oral arguments.

  4.  The order of speakers, i.e., Speaker 1 and 2 shall remain the same for the entire duration of the Competition.

  5.  Once registered, a team will not be permitted to vary the composition of the team in any manner.  Changes, if any, may only be made with the prior approval of the organising committee (at their discretion), if the due reason is shown for the same.

6. REGISTRATION

  1. Each team shall register for the Competition by duly filling the online registration form, available on the official website before 31st January 2020 (11:59 P.M. IST).

  2.  While filling the registration form, the teams have to select an official contact person. All communications concerning the Competition shall be sent by e-mail to the nominated contact person of the team. It is assumed that all the information communicated and materials distributed to the official contact person is communicated to the team.

  3.  An initial ‘preliminary registration fee’ of INR 1,500 or USD 50 shall be remitted by all the Indian teams and overseas teams participating in the Competition respectively.

  4.  For teams that qualify the Oral Rounds in accordance with Rule 10.3.9, an additional ‘final registration fee’ of INR 4,500 will be charged for Indian teams and USD 100 for the overseas teams. This fee shall be inclusive of accommodation on the Competition days and transportation to and from the Competition venue to the accommodation.

  5.  All the payments related to the registration fee under 6.3 and 6.4 shall be made through an online transfer (NEFT) payment to\

   6. The details for the payment of registration fee shall be communicated to the teams by the organising committee at the appropriate stages of the registration process.

   7. All teams must e-mail a scanned copy of the payment receipt to imam@nluo.ac.in upon payment.

   8.  A Team Code shall be assigned to each registered team by the organising committee after the completion of the initial registration process.

   9. The organising committee reserves the right to debar or cancel the registration of any team.

7. NEED BASED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR OVERSEAS TEAMS

  1.  Any overseas team requesting for financial assistance in the nature of subsidized registration fee must complete the Assistance Form available on the website before 21st January 2020 (11:59 P.M. IST).

  2.  The organising committee will consider all the applications received and decide which team(s) shall be supported. The support is available only by way of waiver of the registration fee payable, either in part or in full as may be decided by the organising committee.

  3.  The teams must demonstrate the need for financial assistance and priority will be given to teams:

    1. Who has not previously participated, and whose school has not previously participated;

    2. Who have no support from their universities or no coach;

    3. Who come from emerging economies or jurisdictions which, in the sole discretion of the organising committee, are in the greatest need of such support.

  4.  The decision of the organising committee shall be final and binding on the applicant teams.

8. RELEASE OF CASE STUDY AND CLARIFICATIONS

  1.  The Case Study of the Competition shall be released by 17th December 2019.

  2.  All requests for clarifications to the Case Study must be e-mailed to imam@nluo.ac.in, by 10th January 2020 (11:59 P.M. IST).

  3.  All clarifications shall be released by the organising committee on the official website and also via e-mail to the participating teams.

  4.  No requests for clarification shall be made directly to the drafters of the Case Study. Any attempt made to approach the drafters of the Case Study, for any reason whatsoever, shall lead to immediate disqualification.

9. ANONYMITY OF TEAMS

  1.  Teams shall not reveal the name of their University or the names of the participants, or their country of origin anywhere either in the memorial or during the Oral Rounds. The teams shall refrain from using or displaying any logo, pins, badges etc. in any manner, whatsoever, in the memorial or during the Oral Rounds.

  2.  In the memorials and during the Oral Rounds, a team shall be identified only by the Team Code that will be allotted to the team after registration.

  3.  Any material, including but not limited to the Compendium, reference materials carried by the team into the courtroom for the Oral Rounds, and presented to the Arbitral Tribunal, shall be devoid of any identification marks apart from the assigned Team Code of the team.

  4.  Violation of Rule 9 at any point shall attract severe penalties which may extend to disqualification of the participating team as determined by the organising committee.

10. MEMORIALS

  1. General Provisions

    1. Each participating team must prepare one memorial for the Claimant and one memorial for the Respondent.

    2. The memorial must be in English and must be printed on A4 size sheets, in black ink.

  2. Submission of memorials

    1. The memorials shall be e-mailed in MS Word format (.doc or .docx) and PDF format to imam@nluo.ac.in. The subject of the e-mail shall be “Memorial Submission | Team Code |7th IMAM 2020”.

    2. Late Submissions: The soft copy of the memorials must be submitted by 10th February 2020 (11:59 P.M. IST). No memorials will be accepted after 11th February 2020 (11:59 P.M. IST).

    3. ‘Author’s Name’ shall be strictly removed from the MS Word Format (.doc or .docx) and PDF Format before soft-copy submission of the memorials.

    4. Teams are required to submit 5 (five) hard copies of the memorial for each side during the registration on 27th March 2020.

    5. The Cover Page shall be printed on blue paper for each Claimant memorial, and red paper for each Respondent memorial . The hard copies should preferably be softbound.

    6. The hard copies must be exactly similar to the soft copy. Any changes in the hardcopy vis-à- vis the soft copy will entail disqualification. The decision of the organising committee will be final in this regard.

  3. Structure of Memorials

    1. The memorial must contain all of the following sections:

      • Cover Page;

      • Table of Contents;

      • Table of Abbreviations;

      • Index of Authorities;

      • Statement of Jurisdiction;

      • Statement of Facts;

      • Issued Raised;

      • Summary of Arguments;

      • Arguments Advanced/Pleadings;

      • Prayer.

    2. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition) should be followed in the memorial throughout.

    3. The Cover Page of the memorial for the Claimant must be Blue and the Respondent must be Red. The Cover Page of each memorial must contain the following information:

      • The Team Registration code in the upper right-hand corner, followed by an “A” for the memorial for the Claimant, and an “R” for the memorial for the Respondent. For example, Team 101 would put the code “101A” in the upper right-hand corner of its Claimant memorial ;

      • The name of the forum before which the proceedings are being conducted;

      • The year of the Competition;

      • The name of the case;

      • The Title of the memorial (either “Memorial for Claimant” or “Memorial for Respondent”).

    4. All parts of the memorial shall contain the following mandatory formatting specifications:

      • Font Type: Times New Roman;

      • Font Size: 12;

      • Line Spacing: 1.5;

      • Margins: 1 inch on each side; and

      • Alignment of Body Text: Justified.

    5. Mandatory formatting specifications for footnotes include:

      • Font Type: Times New Roman;

      • Font Size: 10;

      • Line Spacing: 1.0;

      • Margins: 1 inch on each side; and

      • Speaking footnotes and endnotes are not allowed.

    6. Body of the Memorial

      • The Index of Authorities must list all the authorities cited in the memorial. The Index must indicate the page number(s) and/or the paragraph number(s) of the memorial in which the authority is cited.

      • The Statement of Facts must contain a concise statement of the relevant facts of the dispute. As far as may be, the Statement of Facts should be limited to the stipulated facts and legitimate inferences which can be drawn from those facts. Statement of Facts shall not exceed 2 pages.

      • The Summary of Pleadings should contain a summary of the substance of the arguments, and should not merely be a reproduction of the various headings and sub-headings of arguments. The Summary of Pleadings should not exceed 2 pages. All legal arguments must be limited to the Pleadings/Arguments Advanced section of the memorial.

      • The Pleadings/Arguments Advanced and Prayer must not exceed 20 pages.

    7. Penalties

Non-compliance with memorial formatting/submission rules will result in a deduction from the total allocated marks. However, no more than 20 marks shall be deducted for each memorial for non-compliance with procedural requirements, irrespective of the total penalties incurred.

         

         8. Instances of plagiarism in the memorandum will attract strict penalty, including but not limited to, deduction in the marks or may even extend to disqualification from the moot. In the event that the memorandum is alleged to have been plagiarized from the memorandum of other participating universities, the latter team will also be liable for a strict penalty, including but not limited to, deduction in the marks or may even extend to disqualification from the moot.

         

         9. Evaluation Criteria and Qualification for Oral Rounds

A total of twenty (20) teams with the highest memorial scores will qualify for the Oral Rounds of the Competition. The memorial scores will be inclusive of all penalties. All memorials submitted before the last date of submission (with penalties) will be evaluated based on the criteria mentioned in Annexure A*

11. ORAL ROUNDS

  1. General Provisions

    1. The Competition shall consist of Preliminary Rounds and Advanced Rounds.

    2. Each team shall argue in 2 Preliminary Rounds – once as Claimant and once as Respondent. In case, a team does not appear for 10 minutes after the scheduled commencement of the round, the other team shall make ex-parte submissions.

    3. The Advanced Rounds shall, under normal circumstances, consist of three knock-out rounds – the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and the Final. In case, a team does not appear for 10 minutes after the scheduled commencement of the round, the other team shall proceed to the next round.

  2. Fixtures

    1. In the Preliminary Rounds, Seeding Match-up system shall be used to determine the fixtures.

    2. In the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final rounds, the Power Match-up system, with the help of scores, shall be used to determine the match-ups.

    3. Determination of sides for an advanced round shall be decided as per Rule 11.5. 

  3. Assessment Criteria

    1. The scoring and tabulation for the Competition shall be based on a Round Points system. The team with the higher number of Round Points wins the round.

    2. Round point system for preliminary rounds

      1. Each preliminary round will be decided on a scale of 6 Round Points, with 3 Round Points allocated to the Oral Rounds, and 3 Round Points allocated to the memorial scores.

      2. Memorials of each team will be marked by 3 judges with each judge giving a score out of 100. Therefore, each team’s memorial will have 3 scores: the highest score, a middle score and the lowest score.

      3. In each round, the highest score of the Claimant’s memorial will be compared with the highest score of the  Respondent’s memorial;  the middle score of the  Claimant’s memorial will be compared with the middle score of the  Respondent’s memorial and the lowest score of the Claimant’s memorial will be compared with the lowest score of the Respondent’s memorial. If scores being compared are the same, then each team will be awarded 0.5 points for each comparison.

      4. For scoring higher in each of the above comparisons made, a team will get 1 Round Point. A total of 3 Round Points can be won for the memorials in each round. Illustration: In a round between Team 1 and Team 5, if Team 1 scores more than Team 5 in all the three comparisons, then Team 1 gets 3 Round points with Team 5 getting zero Round points. If Team 1 scores higher than Team 5 only in two comparisons then Team 1 gets 2 Round Points and Team 5 gets 1 Round Point.

      5. In the Oral Pleadings, each of the 3 judges’ scores out of 200 for the two teams will be compared and a round point will be awarded. A total of 3 Round Points can be won in the Oral Pleadings in each round. Illustration: If Judge 1 in a round between Team 10 and Team 20 gives a higher number of points to Team 10– then Team 10 will get 1 Round Point. A similar comparison will be carried out for Judges 2 and 3.

    3. For the purpose of the advanced rounds, the memorial points will not be taken into consideration. Each Advanced Round will be judged by three (3) Orals Judges, each of whom shall award a maximum of 2 Round Points. The team with the higher total marks on a particular Judge’s score-sheet will be the winner on that Judge’s score-sheet.  The winning team on a particular judge’s score sheet shall be awarded 2 Round Points for that judge. In case of a tie between the two teams, each team shall be awarded 1 Round Point for the concerned Judge.  Thus, every Advanced Round will have 6 Round Points allotted to the orals.

    4. The round winner will be determined on the basis of the Total Round Points (out of 12). In case of a tie, the following criteria shall be used to decide the round winner:

      1. Teams tied on the Total Round Points shall be separated on the basis of the win-loss record in the Preliminary Rounds;

      2. If the round points and the win-loss record is identical, the cumulative scores awarded for the Oral Rounds shall be used to break the tie.

      3. If the teams have the same cumulative points, the same number of wins, and also the same cumulative Oral Rounds marks, then the team with the higher net memorial score, i.e., the score of the memorials after deducting penalties, shall be ranked higher.

  4. Top two (2) teams in each of the 4 groups in the seeding match-up will qualify for the advanced rounds of the Competition. The fixtures for the advanced rounds shall be determined as per the rule mentioned in 11.2.2.

  5. Determination of sides in the advanced rounds - If two teams in the Advanced Rounds have earlier argued against one another in the Preliminary Rounds, they will argue for the opposite party in the Advanced Round. If they did not argue against one another in the Preliminary Rounds, the determination will be by draw of lots. If two teams in the advanced rounds have in the preceding rounds argued in favour of one party, they will argue for the opposition party in the subsequent advanced round. If both teams argued for the same side in such preceding round, the decision will be determined by a draw of lots.

  6. Time Allocation, rebuttals and sur-rebuttals.

    1. Each Preliminary Round shall, subject to the discretion of the Judges, consist of sixty (60) minutes of argument, which shall be presented in English. The Claimant and the Respondent shall be allotted thirty (30) minutes each, subject to the discretion of the Judges. Only two members from each team shall make oral presentations in each round.

    2. Each team may allocate its thirty (30) minutes between the two speakers and the rebuttal/sur- rebuttal at their own discretion. Each Speaker must be allocated a minimum of ten minutes (10), not including the time for rebuttal/sur-rebuttal.

    3. In the Advanced Rounds, the total time permitted to each team for presenting arguments may be extended to forty-five (45) minutes at the discretion of the judges, with corresponding changes in the minimum time prescribed for each speaker. Each Speaker must be allocated a minimum of eighteen minutes (18), not including the time for rebuttal/sur-rebuttal.

  7. Each Preliminary Round shall be judged by a bench of three judges. The Advanced Rounds may be judged by a bench of three or more judges.

  8. Oral Rounds will be evaluated based on the criteria mentioned in Annexure B**.

  9. The Dress Code for Oral Rounds shall be western formals.

12. AWARDS

 

The winner of the Final Round will be declared the “Winning Team”, while the losing finalists will be declared the “Runners-Up”.  The Team with the highest total memorial score will be awarded the “Best Memorial” award. The “Best Oralist” award shall be determined on the basis of the cumulative points secured by a speaker in the Preliminary Rounds. To be eligible for the “Best Oralist Award”, a speaker must have argued in both the Preliminary Rounds.

  • The Winning Team (Best Team Award) shall be awarded INR 75,000 as prize money plus 3 Internship slots at Bose & Mitra & Co. and a trophy.

  • The Runners-up Team (Second Best Team Award) shall be awarded INR 45,000 as prize money plus 3 Internship slots at Bose & Mitra & Co. and a trophy.

  • Best Oralist shall be awarded INR 15,000 as prize money and a trophy.

  • Best Memorial shall be awarded INR 15,000 as prize money and a trophy.

 

 

13. SCHEDULE - www.nluoimam.com/schedule.

14. TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION

  1. Teams shall have to make their own arrangements for transport from the point of arrival or departure to the Accommodation.

  2. Teams shall be provided transport facilities to and from the Accommodation and the venue of the Competition on all dates of the Competition.

  3. Accommodation shall be provided from 09:00 A.M., 27th March 2020 to 09:00 A.M., 30th March 2020. Teams requiring accommodation outside the prescribed dates shall have to make their own arrangements.

15. MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Teams, their members, or any person associated with a team, are not permitted to be present at, or hear, a round in which that team is not participating. This rule will not apply to those teams or persons whose teams have been eliminated from the Competition, and who are desirous of attending any of the Advanced Rounds thereafter. Scouting in any form in contravention of this rule shall entail disqualification of the team.

  2. No audio or videotaping of oral pleadings is permitted without the permission of the organising committee. The organising committee reserves all rights of audio and videotaping, or any other form of audio or visual reproduction, of any oral round or part thereof. The use of any electronic device is prohibited during the oral rounds.

  3. All participants are expected to maintain decorum during the Competition and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the legal profession.

  4. Once the memorials have been submitted for participation in the Competition, copyright in those memorials with respect to publishing them on the official website and college website will vest in the Organising Committee.

  5. The decision of the organising committee as regards the interpretation of rules or any other matter related to the Competition, whether contemplated by the rules or not, shall be final and binding.

  6. The organising committee reserves the right to vary, alter, modify, or repeal any of the above rules without any prior notification, if so required and as it may deem appropriate.

16. CONTACT - www.nluoimam.com/contactus.

         

Annexure A - MEMORIAL SCORING CRITERION

 

Annexure B - ORAL ROUNDS SCORING CRITERION

 

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