GW Law Students Win Moot Court Competition in India

Photos by G. Ridd

Photos by G. Ridd

Shauna Johnston and Anne Sidwell

Shauna Johnston and Anne Sidwell

January 19, 2011—Anne Sidwell (J.D. candidate 2011) and Shauna Johnston (J.D. candidate 2012) competed in and won the KK Luthra Memorial Moot Court Competition held over the weekend at the University of Delhi, India. Out of 48 teams, Sidwell and Johnston won by beating the University of Warwick (U.K.) in the semifinal round and the National Law School of New Delhi in the final round. Three judges from the Delhi High Court judged the final round, and noted that Sidwell and Johnston had “concise and clear arguments.” Sidwell and Johnston not only won for “Overall Win”, but for “Best Brief” as well. The awards were presented by Justice Reddy of the Indian Supreme Court.

“It was incredible and very intimidating to present in front of three Delhi High Court Justices in a room filled with not only other law students, but senior advocates, law professors, legislators, and executives from all over India,” Sidwell said. “In our arguments, we wanted to strike a balance of being aggressive, but also respectful of the court, especially given the cultural differences.”

This is the first time that GW Law students have participated in this competition. Aditya Singla, an LL.M. candidate and past student of the University of Delhi, arranged for sponsorship of the team.