Mohali, 2 February: In the wake of growing aviation industry, it is imperative that the study of air laws should be made part of every law school curricula, said Chief Justice Krishna Murari of Punjab and Haryana High Court at the inauguration of the 10th Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, today.

Mr. Justice Krishna Murari commended the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation and Leiden University for preparing the Indian youth in this most vital area of international aviation laws when India has become the third largest aviation market in the world.

Moot courts are a great play field for the budding lawyers, who learn the nuances of the real court experience, he said.

Justice (retd) S.S.Sodhi, President of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, said that this is the only one such competition on air laws in the world which is the result of the collaboration between Sarin Foundation and the Leiden University of the Netherlands.

He announced that this year the Moot Court international competition shall be held in Chandigarh on April 5-6, 2019 in which teams from 13 countries including India shall be participating.

Twenty three teams from the top law schools of the country competed in this national finals, which was judged by 50 different judges, including three Judges of the High Court, Justice RN Raina, Justice Deepak Sibal and Justice Sudhir Mittal.

The earlier international rounds were held around the globe in various countries including Nepal, the USA, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, the Netherlands, Canada, Ukraine, New Zealand, Romania, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Serbia, Poland, the UAE, Singapore, Greece, South Korea and France.

Nitin Sarin, who is also an air law specialist, stated that this field of law is very pertinent in the Indian context because of the booming avaiation market which is slated to be the largest in the world by 2030.

Shourya Sarin and Fury Jain of Army Institute of Law awarded

Shourya Sarin and Fury Jain of Army Institute of Law shared the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation’s Best Mooters Award for 2018-19 with a prize money of Rs.25,000 each.

The award was instituted last year by the Foundation by creating a corpus of Rs.5 lakh to encourage students to become a best lawyer

The three selected teams for the finals in Chandigarh (in April 2019) are:

1. National Law Institute University, Bhopal

2. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

3. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

4. The Army Institute of Law, Mohali

Four law schools qualified in the national round of the 10th Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition held here today.

National Law Institute University, Bhopal; Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow; Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur; and Army Institute of Law, Mohali, are the four teams that qualified for the international round which will be held in April in Chandigarh.

Mr Nitin Sarin, the Moot coordinator, informed that this was a tough competition in which 23 teams participated from all over the country.

Now the international competition to be held for the first time in the city this year in April, shall see teams from 12 countries participating in this prestigious moot court competition, includingIndia, Singapore, China (Hongkong), China, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Turkey, and Canada.

Earlier chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High court, Mr Krishna Murari inaugurated the competitioin.

In the International rounds in Chandigarh later this year (in April), teams from 12 countries, i.e. India, Singapore, China (Hongkong) China, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, Russia, Turkey, Canada will compete for the laurels.