Pre-Invite: 5th NUALS International Maritime Law Arbitration Competition (NIMLAC), Kochi [April 6-8, 2018]: Register by January 10

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), a premier institute of legal education in India, would like to cordially invite your esteemed institution to participate in the 5th edition of the NUALS International Maritime Law Arbitration Competition (NIMLAC 2018). NIMLAC is one of the few moot court competitions focusing exclusively on the emerging area of Maritime Arbitration.

The prime objective of organizing this moot court competition is to expose the law students to the developing frontiers of Maritime Law, both national and international while nurturing in them a nuanced understanding of the complex and emerging issues involved therein.

The case study for this year’s competition deals with the area of multi-party arbitrations and influence of courts on arbitral tribunal with some cutting-edge maritime issues identified for the teams to base their arguments upon.

The drafting committee for the case-study includes Prof. Robert Merkin QC, who is Lloyd’s Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Exeter, and Special Counsel to DLA Piper; Dr. Steven Hazelwood who was a partner in a leading City Shipping and Insurance Law firm and he has taught law at various universities, in England, and around the world.

Participation in the competition is limited to twenty-four teams. This will be done on the basis of a process of ‘Memorial Elimination’. It is further explained in the Rules and Regulations of the Competition.

We would like to extend an invitation to your University to kindly consider sending a team for the moot court competition.


The registrations of the moot court competition are now open and can be done on the registration form given here.

Important Dates

  • Commencement of Provisional Registration: November 15, 2017
  • Commencement of Final Registration: December 1, 2017
  • Release of Complete Case-study: December 25, 2017
  • Release of Clarifications and amendment (if any) to Case-study: January 15, 2018
  • Deadline for Registration of Teams: January 10, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of Written Pleadings: February 25, 2018
  • Commencement of the Competition: April 06-08, 2018

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For any queries, kindly write to [email protected] or contact any of the following persons:

Mr. Rohit Sharma, Student Convener, +91 94134 11853
Ms. Salma Jennath, Student Convener, +91 99959 24978;
Ms. Samyukta Ramaswamy, Student Coordinator (Communications), +91 81290 11980

For full information about the NUALS International Maritime Law Arbitration Competition, please click here.
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