Nepal-US int'l moot court competition begins

Published On: March 9, 2019 05:41 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 8: The second edition of a three-day Nepal-US International Moot Court Competition began amid an opening ceremony in Kathmandu on Thursday.

In the moot court, 30 law students from five law schools of Nepal and one from the US are arguing on complex legal issues before judges on Friday and Saturday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the competition, US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry expressed his excitement at being a part of such an event.

"It's exciting to be among an energetic group of aspiring young attorneys who are ready to dive into this challenging competition where the results are not judged by flashy style and drama, but by the ability to effectively articulate sophisticated legal concepts both in writing and orally before panels of tough judges," he said.

Supreme Court Justices Anil Sinha and Sapana Malla, and former Supreme Court Justice and Executive Director of the National Judicial Academy Top Bahadur Magar, also delivered key remarks at the event.

According to the US embassy, the competition is designed to strengthen the core advocacy skills of aspiring attorneys by exposing them to the international legal advocacy competitions. Judges for the competition include acting Nepali judges and the Deputy Attorney General, among others.

In first edition of the program held in 2018, Nepal Law Campus was awarded the Best Team followed by Howard University School of Law of the United States.

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