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The 1st National Moot Court Competition On Surrogacy

by Seema Upadhyay (writer), Mumbai, August 20, 2008


The First Rizvi Law College National Moot Court Competition would be held from August 22 to 24, 2008 at the Rizvi College premises. Around 100 best Law Schools and Colleges from all over India has been invited, among whom 24 colleges would be selected to participate. The competition would be inaugurated by Prof. Suresh Mane, Head of Department of Law, Mumbai University and Mr.Bansi Burander, Dist.Governor of Rotary, Mumbai and Thane on 21st Aug’08.

Speaking on the occasion; Mrs. Daisy Alexander, Principal Rizvi Law College said that, “The Rizvi Law College is well known for its city level and State level Moot court competitions, exposing the law students to the best teams throughout the state of Maharashtra. In continuation with providing an exciting learning experience for law students, the College has organized this Moot Court competition on Surrogacy, which is a current legal issue”.

Moot Court is a simulated trial or appellate-level legal argument made before a judge or panel of judges. Participants in a Moot Court competition present oral and written arguments about a legal question. Usually written arguments are submitted prior to the oral arguments, just as a written brief would be submitted to a court prior to the court hearing the matter. Participants are judged on both their oral and written arguments.

The aim of a Moot Court is to improve the oral advocacy skills of students. It is great preparation and training for proper and successful acting in court, rhetoric gestures speech without notes, self confidence and intellectual flexibility. A Moot Court shall train the kind of knowledge that is important for the practical aspects of a lawyer life- to create links between theory and practice

The elimination rounds, the semi-finals and the final rounds would continue for three days. The judges for the elimination rounds, the semi finals and finals would be corporate lawyers, solicitors, judges from the city civil courts and the High Courts respectively. The competition between law schools would provide an opportunity to students to meet other students with similar goals and interests.

The panel of judges comprises of Justice Mr. Brilal Nazki, High Court Judge, Senior Counsel in High Court, Mr. T.M. Subramanium, Leading Family Lawyer Mrs. Mrinali Deshmukh, Mr. Anand Desai, partner DSK Legal, Mr. Mohit Kapoor, Partner Universal Legal and Mr.Apurva Agarwal, Partner Universal legal and legal in charge of Rotary club of Mumbai.

According to Mr.Apurva Agarwal, Partner Universal legal and legal in charge of Rotary club of Mumbai; “There no Surrogacy law in India protecting either the biological surrogate Mother or the genetic parents. Indian Adoption law also prevents the adoption of a female child by its father if the parents are separated as in the recent case of the Japanese couple who came to India. Low cost of treatment and easy availability of women opting for surrogacy is attracting lot of international couples to India; hence there is an urgent need to have laws protecting not just surrogate mother but also the child and the couple. The objective of the moot court is to attract the attention of the high authorities of our Country towards the legal issue of Surrogacy”.

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