Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is a premier Indian institute of legal education, set up in 2003 with the intent of raising the bar of legal education in the country. GNLU has constantly strived to make its mark in the legal fraternity through numerous initiatives, the organization of an international moot court competition being one of them.
The GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC) was launched in 2009 with the objective of creating a platform for testing the legal acumen and potential of law students globally. For a decade, GIMC has served as a unique platform for law students to explore nuances of international trade law and hone their research and advocacy skills. The relentless efforts of the organizing committee have garnered the competition recognition from various international organizations including the World Trade Institute (WTI), the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL).
The competition boasts of successful past collaborations with WTI, University of Bern; IELPO LLM Programme, University of Barcelona; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys (L&S); Trade Law Guide; Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Lex Witness, Westlaw, Thomson Reuters India and Manupatra and aims to further build on these relations. Previous editions of the competition saw the WTI provide the winners an opportunity to attend their Summer Academy on Trade Regulation and Global Governance. L&S has also offered internship opportunities to the winners of previous editions of the competition.
The competition also hosted panelists reputed in the area of international trade law, including Mr. Ujal Singh Bhatia (WTO Appellate Body Member and former WTO Representative from India), Prof. Michael Hahn (Director, World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Dr. Ilaria Espa (Marie Curie (COFIT) Senior Research Fellow at World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Mr. Greg Tereposky (Partner and Founder of Trade Law Guide), Prof. Rodrigo Polanco (Assistant Professor of International Economic Law, Universidad de Chile) and Ms. Altagracia E. Cuevas Arthur (Coordinator, IELPO LLM Programme, University of Barcelona).
Each edition of the competition sees enthusiastic participation not only from Indian teams but also international teams from various countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Indonesia, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United States of America. The 2017 edition saw us play host to 46 teams.
Fresh from the success of the 9th GIMC conducted successfully in February 2017, the Organizing team of GIMC is currently preparing to organize the 10th GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC'18), which is set to be held from 7-11 February 2018.
We are proud to announce that Mr. Nicolas Lamp, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Canada has drafted the moot problem this edition. He has authored several articles and research papers on the subject of multilateral trade lawmaking, published in journals such as the Journal of International Economic Law, the London Review of International Law and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He has previously authored the moot problem for the ELSA Moot Court Competition, 2014-2015.
Cash prizes and other awards will be handed out to the Winners, the Runners-up, the Best Orator (Final Rounds), the Best Orator (Preliminary Rounds), the Best Memorial and the Best Researcher.
We cordially invite your institution to be a part of this experience and participate in the 10th edition of GIMC!
The Centre for WTO Studies was set up in the year 1999 to be a permanent repository of WTO negotiations-related knowledge and documentation. Over the years, the Centre has conducted a robust research programme with a series of papers in all spheres of interest at the WTO. The Centre has also created a specialised e-repository of important WTO documents, especially related to India, in its Trade Resource Centre. It has been regularly called upon by the Government of India to undertake research and provide independent analytical inputs to help develop positions in its various trade negotiations, both at the WTO and other negotiations such as the Free and Preferential Trade Agreements and Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreements.
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Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is a full service Indian Law Firm specializing in the areas of International trade, Taxation, Intellectual Property and Corporate Laws. Founded by V. Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan in 1985, the firm has 11 offices across India and is acclaimed for the legal acumen and the skill of its highly knowledgeable team of experts, attorneys and consultants. The firm is well known for its high ethical standards, quality of work and transparency in business dealings.
Lex Witness is a high quality monthly magazine with the power of fresh and original content that deals exclusively with legal subjects. Some of India top-notch practitioners and experts contribute to Lex Witness on subjects relevant to all stakeholders in this profession. Lex Witness, ever since its inception in 2009, has become India's most credible platform for legal luminaries to opine, comment and share their views. With an interesting blend of opinion pieces, commentary, reportage, analysis, interviews and movements, Lex Witness reaches out to the entire fraternity of General Counsels, Corporate Counsel, lawyers and law firms besides key decision makers, experts, policy makers, bureaucracy and the industry captains in India.
Manupatra, a pioneer in online legal research in India since 2001, is India’s premier legal information resource. It is the largest content aggregator of Indian and International material, linking primary information, secondary material and proprietary analytical content. Over the years, Manupatra has reinvented legal research by including intuitive and smarter legal research tools with database access, thus strengthening a lawyer’s practice. Sophisticated legal research tools, which were the province of the privileged, has been brought to the masses by Manupatra.
Thomson Reuters is a multinational mass media and information firm. Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. They enable professionals in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property, and science and media markets to make the decisions that matter most, all powered by the world's most trusted news organization.
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The contribution that Trade Law Guide has rendered towards the development of legal education all over the world is unparalleled. Trade Law Guide has always offered premier online legal research services regarding WTO laws for legal professionals around the world.