Jagannath University Moot Court Society (JnUMCS) hosted a workshop on moot court competition on 31st March, 2018. More than fifty students participated in the workshop to learn about various aspects of mooting and researching.
The workshop began with the introductory speech by lecturer in law, Department of Law, JnU, and convener of JnUMCS, Md. Abdur Razzak who emphasised on the need of mooting for young students of law, reflecting upon his past experiences as a mooter. He discussed how moot shaped his legal interests and developed necessary legal skills.
The presence of Dr. S M Masum Billah, Assistant Professor of Law, Department of Law, JnU, further orchestrated the workshop. He has recently served as a judge in the ICC Moot Court Competition in China. He talked about the culture of mooting in Bangladesh and how the students of JnU should prepare to compete with international students. He emphasised the importance of mooting for the students to broaden their knowledge of International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, and other branches of Law, which are traditionally not part of our curriculum. But he also acknowledged the need to organize more moot court competitions on national laws so that poor and marginalized people of Bangladesh can benefit from the legal development
In various sessions the members of the Executive Committee of JnUMCS focused on different aspects of mooting. Abdullah Al-Arif, President, JnUMCS, conducted session on “moot, mooters and mooting”, “moot etiquettes” and “memorial writing”. Other sessions included “oral presentation” by Marhuda Amir Eva, Program Secretary, JnUMCS, and “Law, Fact and Research” by Mohaimenul Islam, Vice President, JnUMCS, and a practical session conducted by the Administrative Secretary, Sarmin Akter.
The participants took part in group sessions and fact analysis session. Students were presented with various prizes for their performance in the workshop including the best participant and best group performance. JnUMCS plans to organize such programs in future with participations of other universities. The newly established moot court society in Jagannath University and their activities mark the transition to a more practice based approach of legal studies by the Faculty of Law, JnU.
Event covered by Raihan Rahman Rafid, contributor to Law & Our Rights, The Daily Star.