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 and Centre for Trade and Investment Law, 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.
Mr. Sagnik Sinha, Dispute Settlement Lawyer, World Trade Organisation, had drafted the moot problem for the 11th GIMC in 2019. The competition also hosted panellists reputed in the area of international trade law, including Mr. Ujal Singh Bhatia (Independent Consultant and former Chairman, Appellate Body, World Trade Organisation), Prof. Michael Hahn (Director, World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Dr. Ilaria Espa (Assistant Professor, USI Lugano and Senior Research Fellow at World Trade Institute, University of Bern), Mr. Greg Tereposky (Partner, Tereposky & DeRose LLP and Founder, Trade Law Guide), Prof. Rodrigo Polanco (Senior Researcher and Lecturer, World Trade Institute, University of Bern) and Ms. Altagracia E. Cuevas Arthur (Program Advisor, IE School of Global and Public Affairs).
Each edition of GIMC sees enthusiastic participation not only from Indian universities but also universities across the globe from countries such as Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam. The 2019 edition saw us play host to 56 teams.
After a stellar 11th edition, preparations are already underway for the next edition of GIMC to be held from 12-16 February 2020. The Winners and Runners-up of GIMC '20 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 12th edition of GIMC!