Members of the Valparaiso University Law School International Moot Court Society competed at the Annual D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law Competition on February 9-12, 2012 in Mumbai, India. The team won Sixth Place overall among the 31 teams competing. The event was hosted by the Government Law College.
Kyle Fogwell, David Shanks and Ndeto Mwose, all third-year law students, represented Valparaiso University Law School. They were accompanied by Adjunct Faculty Advisor Julienne Landsdown. This is the first time that the school has attended this event.
The team was able to advance to the quarterfinal round before being defeated by Bond University, the Australian team that went on to win the entire competition. They also faced teams from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law (Delhi), University of Mauritius, Government Law College (Mumbai) and West Bengal NUJS (Kolkata).
The competition topics focused on international double taxation treaties and bank secrecy laws including, the U.S. role in closing the taxation loopholes between India and Mauritius. Competitors prepared arguments for both sides.
While in Mumbai, the group got to experience various aspects of Indian culture. They visited several landmarks and spent a great deal of time with other teams from law schools around the world.