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 competition boasts of successful past collaborations with World Trade Institute, 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, IELPO, University of Barcelona, 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).
Mr. Nicolas Lamp, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Canada had drafted the moot problem for the 10th GIMC in 2018. 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.
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 2018 edition saw us play host to 52 teams.
After a stellar 10th edition, preparations are already underway for the next edition of GIMC to be held from 13-17 February 2019. The Winners and Runners-up of GIMC '19 will receive cash prizes of INR 50,000 and INR 25,000 respectively, apart from receiving opportunities and scholarships from our collaborators. Awards will also be handed out for the Best Orator (Final Rounds), the Best Orator (Preliminary Rounds), the Second Best Orator (Preliminary Rounds), the Best Memorial, the Second Best Memorial, the Best Researcher and the Second Best Researcher.
We cordially invite your institution to be a part of this experience and participate in the 11th edition of GIMC!