8th Justice P.N. Bhagwati International Moot Court Competition on Human Rights

April 18, 2018

  Third year students of Law faculty of International University of Alatoo took part on 8th Justice P.N. Bhagwati International Moot Court Competition on Human Rights which held on March 23-25, 2018 in city Pune, in Republic of India.

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed To Be University New Law College, Pune is one of the premier institutes consistently ranked amongst the top law colleges in India. Justice P.N. Bhagwati International Moot Court Competition has earned a great reputation at national and international echelon and is one of the most revered international moot court competitions on human rights across the globe. Moot Court is one of the key extracurricular activity in many law schools all around the world, where participating students in teams submits memorials and represents Applicant and Respondent of a case before the Judges, as in International Court of Justice.

  Team from Kyrgyzstan on behalf of Takhmina Murzakmatova as a First speaker, Zhoodar Asanbaev as a Second speaker, additionally rebuttal presenter and Adina Sabirova as a Researcher competed with 33 both national and international teams on Moot Court, among 13 teams they were awarded as a second Best International Team.

  “Despite the fact that it was our first Moot Experience, we did a Great job…”- said Zhoodar Asanbaev ; “Moot Court requires not only good knowledge of International Law, but also Teambuilding, researching skills, patience and hard work.” Students wrote Memorials, which are 40 pages of written legal arguments for both Applicant and Respondent. Adina Sabirova commented: “As a researcher my main duty was to find legal articles, precedents and Judicial Decisions which are applicable to our case. I remember those sleepless nights when we all were writing memos till the morning… We did our best, and it’s not a limit”.

  Bhagwati Moot Court 2018 differs from previous Moots, because of additional international teams and high technologies which were used while online rounds with teams from USA and United Kingdom. 33 teams in total, 20 national and 13 international; 98 participants; 50 Judges, 1 sitting Supreme Court Judge, 7 sitting High Court Judges; more than 200 volunteers were involved. 

Cases in Bhagwati Moots are real global issues happening in present time. While preparing, students researched topics on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Internationally Wrongful Acts, States Responsibility, Genocide, Refugee protection, studied in details Geneva Conventions, Rome Statute, Universal Declarations and other International Conventions as well as Judicial Precedents.

  “On our first round, as a first speaker on behalf of Applicant I opened the Court Proceeding. I felt like a real Representative of a State before the International Court of Justice. Now on we know how to present our speeches to Judges, particularly in English Language, because English is neither a national nor an official language in Kyrgyzstan. This International Moot was just a first step towards our big achievements”- stated Takhmina.

  Those students are Pride of our University. Zhoodar, Takhmina and Adina promised to organize first National Moot Court Competition in Kyrgyzstan on behalf of Alatoo International University.

Our team would like to Thank Law Program of AIU for excellent staff, and assistance. Special Thanks to Zhyldyz Tegizbekova Associate PHD Prof. of Law for this opportunity support and help.