LUMS Students Excel at Moot Court Competition in Gujrat
A three-member student team from the LUMS Department of Law and Policy, comprising Faryal Nazir, Sara Jamil and Mehtab Khan, participated in the first National Moot Court Competition at the University of Gurjat. The team represented the respondent’s case in a constitutional writ petition in the Supreme Court relating to complex questions surrounding foreign diplomatic immunity in the context of the Fundamental Right to life. The LUMS team performed with admirable confidence and erudition, and outshined the other five competing teams from law colleges around Pakistan to make it to the final round. Competing against Szabist in the terminal round of arguments, the LUMS team was awarded the Runners Up position, conceding the top position by a very close margin.
The performance of the LUMS team was praised and adulated by the judges, participants and the hosts at the University of Gujrat. The President of the District Bar Association of Gujrat was deeply appreciative of the high level of conceptual depth and argumentation skills that the LUMS team displayed during the competition. The LUMS students returned with the realisation that there is a great need for such intellectual, institutional and cultural exchanges to not only enhance students legal vocational capacity but also to develop a countrywide network of intellectual exchange and positive engagement on socio-legal issues.
The LUMS team owes its success to the supervision and guidance of Dr. Ali Qazilbash , Chair Department of Law and Policy and Professor Maryam Khan for instilling the work ethic and skills that enabled them to compete on a broader national platform. The tradition of Moot Court competitions in Pakistan was pioneered by the LUMS Department of Law and Policy in 2009, and is now an annual event. The Principal of the Law School at the University of Gujrat acknowledged the tremendous contribution of the LUMS Department of Law and Policy for providing them with the inspiration for conducting a Moot Court Competition at their institution.
Praising the performance of the students, Dr. Qazilbash said, "We at the Department look forward to many such opportunities for mutual learning, capacity-building and cooperation with other law institutions in Pakistan and around the world."