Valparaiso University Law School International Moot Court Society Takes First Place at the 14th Annual D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law Competition in Mumbai, India

Members of the Valparaiso University Law School International Moot Court Society competed at the 14th Annual D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law Competition from Feb. 7-10 in Mumbai, India. The team took first place after defeating New York University, the only other team from the United States, in the final round. Twenty-six teams from across the world competed in the event hosted by the Government Law College.

Katherine Walker, Lakshmi Jayanthi, and Megan Leffelman represented Valparaiso University Law School. They were accompanied by Julie Foster, Director of International Programs. Jayanthi was also named the best speaker in the final round.

The team was undefeated through seven rounds of competition. It faced University of Sussex (U.K.) and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in the preliminary rounds. The team was ranked seventh heading into the octo-rounds, where it defeated the National Law School of India University Bangalore and Gujarat National Law University. The team was seeded third heading into the quarter-final round and faced the National University of Singapore.

The team was ranked first heading into the semi-final round. It competed against ILS Law College (Pune) and won, securing a spot in the final round, where it defeated New York University.

The competition dealt with freedom of expression related to social media messages as well as banking secrecy laws and information sharing between the fictional countries of Jyotistan and Naveta. Competitors were asked to prepare arguments and write memorials on both sides of the debate.

While in Mumbai, the group experienced various aspects of Indian culture, visiting several landmarks and spending time with other teams from law schools around the world.