India Wins the 2013 Jessup World Championship!

This is news just coming in…. India, represented by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, has won the world championship round of the 2013 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In the final round held today in Washington, D.C., NLS argued against Singapore Management University before a bench of distinguished judges from the International Court of Justice. This is only the second time India has won the Jessup Moot. NLS had earlier won the Moot in 1999, as well.

Members of this year’s championship winning team are: Mr. Raag Yadava, Ms. Geetha Hariharan, Ms. Shreya Jain and Ms. Akshaya Ramadurai. Congratulations to them!¬†Congratulations are also in order for Raag for winning the Best Speaker award in the final round!

Having served as the team adviser, I have witnessed their hard-work and zeal over the past seven months and can only confirm that the victory is very well deserved and is a fitting reward for all their dedication and commitment. Congratulations, Raag, Geetha, Shreya and Akshaya! Hopefully, your personal achievement will also serve as a fillip for the professional project of international law in Indian law schools. For now, celebrate (and sleep) well!

President of India on international law and India

The President of India, H.E. Pratibha Patil, used her address as the chief guest at the 19th Annual Convocation of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, to comment upon India’s knowledge, or rather the lack of, of international law and the need to incorporate international and comparative perspectives in the curricula of law schools. She noted:

Expertise in international law and knowledge about legal services in other countries is still lacking in our country.¬†Law courses must take international and comparative perspective in the syllabi, along with necessary understanding of domestic law…

President Patil’s comments were reported by several news services (here and here).

I noted the need for greater international and comparative focus in my first post, and can only say that the President hit the nail on the head. However, although extremely apposite and timely, in India, such remarks have often failed to initiate the change they call for and have often been lost in the bureaucratic processes. ILCurry certainly hopes that this case serves as an exception to the usual rule.