S.K. Acharya Institute of Law is going to organize “Law
Fest” as on 24th and 25th December 2011, containing the following Events:-
I. International Seminar in joint collaboration with
‘Integrated Research and Development Foundation, Kalyani, W.B.’ on:-
Global Environmental Issues: Challenges to Industry, Ecology and Society.
• Global Environmental Problems: Issues & Challenges.
• Environmental Challenges and society’s response.
• Ecological imbalance and Environmental challenges.
• Contemporary Corporate policies and reporting aspects of environmental issues.
• Climate change: inter play of natural and social scientific knowledge.
• Contemporary Eco-critical Discourses.
• Socio- legal & environmental Discourse.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Conceptual and empirical contributions in the form of papers are invited for
presentation from academicians, research scholars, students, practitioners and
industry representatives from various disciplines on any of the sub-themes
mentioned above. The abstract (Maximum 300 words) and full papers (Maximum 3000
words) on the above mentioned topics should be submitted as e-mail attachment in
MS WORD file (Font: Times New Roman, Size: 12pt., Spacing: 1.5, Margin: 1-inch
on all side, Reference: in alphabetical order). In addition a hard copy of the
above is to be sent by post. All papers will be reviewed by the Review
Committee. Both the abstract and the full paper should contain the title of the
paper along with the name of the author(s), the address of the institution(s),
and the e-mail ID(s). In each technical session one paper will be selected for
the “BEST PAPER AWARD” and the award will be given in the valedictory session.
The last date for submission of abstract is 9th December, 2011 and submission
full paper 17th December, 2011.
Information about the acceptance or otherwise will be sent by E-mail only.
E-mail ID for sending Abstract and Paper:-
II. Moot Court Competition
MOOT COURT FACTS AND ISSUES INVOLVED IN THE SUBJECTS
Manohar Industries Private Ltd. has various units engaged in the manufacture of
caustic soda, hydrosulphide, chlorine, stable bleaching powder and alum. All
these units are set up in a single complex surrounded by the highly populated
town of Fulahar. The population of the town of Fulhara is approximately, 5,
On 11th January 2010 at about 1-30 am, a major leakage of hydrosulphide and
chlorine gas took place from the units of manohar Industries. Initially, the
workers felt sharp smell of rotten eggs and irritation in their eyes which
gradually led to dizziness and vomiting. Later on many of them lost their senses
and had to be hospitalized immediately. Being situated amidst a thickly populous
region, the public especially children, were also affected by the leakage of the
gases. Skin irritation and rashes emerged largely and the long time effect of
the leakage led to loss of eye- sight of many people and children. There was no
loss of life, though the Fulhara Municipality immediately issued an order, on
12th January, 2010, to cease carrying on the occupation of the manufacturing and
processing of the hydrogen sulphide and chlorine gas only .The other units could
be carried on as usual. The authorities further ask them within not to keep or
store them, in the same place or to appear before the authorities on ,18th
January ,2010, to show cause why the order should not be enforced .A committee
was constituted consisting of five members headed by Dr.M.A.Sethia(renowned
scientist)to examine the manufacturing unit.
The report of the Sethia committee provided that the leakage of the gas was
caused by the gross negligence of the Manohara Industries Pvt. Ltd. The leakage
was caused due to loosening of the joint of the pipes carrying the gaseous
substance. The report pointed out that the safety policies, practices and
awareness on the part of the management needed to be addressed immediately and
added inter alia that the effectiveness and availability of the design and
emergency arrangements was, to say the least, questionable and in the real
emergency involving a major spill, the measures would probably prove ineffective
in limiting serious consequences inside and outside the plant. The report
pointed out various drawbacks and deficiencies in the maintenance and operation
of the hydrogen sulphide and chlorine plant and made several recommendations
which needed to be strictly and scrupulously carried out if the risk to the
workers and the population in the vicinity was to be minimized.
However, because there was no death caused, the report did not recommend the
shutting down of the manufacturing unit. The committee suggested that careful
handling of the substance could prevent such type of accident and there was no
requirement of closure of the industrial unit.
On the other hand, several NGOs under the common banner ‘GO GREEN’ protested
against the Report of the Sethia committee, demanding complete closure of all
the units of Manohara Industries. In order to compel the authorities to shut
down the units and compensate the injured persons, the R.D.Welfare Society filed
a Public Interest Litigation.
RULES OF THE COMPETITION
1. The Moot Court Competition organized by the S.K. Acharya Institute of Law,
Kalyani, shall be held on 24th & 25th December, 2011 at the College Campus.
2. Each team shall consist only of two speakers and one researcher. Each team
and team members will be assigned a team code by the Organizers. In the event
that a fourth member is brought by the teams, s/he shall not be permitted to sit
with the teams during the rounds or assist during the rounds and would be
provided accommodation at the cost of the participating team.
3. Two team prizes, one prize for the best memorial and an individual prize for
the Best speaker and 2nd Best Speaker will be awarded. The two speakers and the
researcher will be awarded certificates of participation. The fourth team member
shall not receive a certificate.
4. During the Preliminary Rounds, each team shall have to argue once for the
Petitioner and once for the Respondent.
5. The Rules shall be strictly adhered to. The organizers reserve the right to
disqualify teams for deviating from the Rules.
6. The Organizers will resolve any contingencies that may arise and will be the
final arbiters regarding any doubts/grievances. The decision taken by the
Organizers shall be final.
7. These Rules are not exhaustive.
8. Memorials:• Teams may raise grounds other than those indicated in the
Statement of Facts.
• Each team must submit 3 copies of the Written Memorial for the Petitioner
and 3 copies of Written Memorial for the Respondent, to Moot Court Convenor,
S.K.Acharya Institute of Law, Kalyani University Campus.
Soft copies of the Memorials must be submitted within 20 December, 2011 in the
undermentioned e mail ID s firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
• Hard copies of the memorials must be submitted within 23 December, 2011.
• The names of the participants or Colleges or Universities or Law Schools shall
not be mentioned anywhere on the memorial.
• It is the responsibility of the teams to ensure that the correct number of
copies of the memorials are submitted to the Organizers and acknowledgement
• All memorials submitted must conform to the following requirements and a team
will attract negative marking for failure to keep within the limitation as
described below :
i) Memorials must be printed on A-4 paper with black ink and must be neatly
bound.ii) The font of the body of the Memorial must be Times New Roman, size 12,
with 1.5 line spacing and the font-size of footnotes/endnotes, if any, must not
be less than size 10.
iii) Each page must have a margin of at least an inch on all sides.
iv) The Memorial should not exceed 25 typed pages and shall consist of the
following parts :
Cover Page – [coloured blue for Petitioner, and white for Respondent]
• Table of Contents
• Index of Authorities
• Statement of Jurisdiction
• Statement of Facts
• Statement of Issues
• Summary of Arguments
• Written Pleadings
v) 1.5 marks shall be deducted for each page exceeded and for each page which
contains text/margins which do not adhere to the rules set out hereinabove.
9. Relevant articles/materials/case law is to be provided in a supplementary
volume to the Memorial, which must also be submitted with the Memorial. The
supplementary volume, if any, must also be neatly bound and colour coded, like
the main Memorial, and must not contain any reference to the names of the
participants or Colleges or Universities or Law Schools. Copies of
articles/materials/case-laws which are not appended to the memorials may not be
relied upon at the time of oral argument, and such reliance shall lead to
disqualification. No team would be allowed to pass any material to the judges
while presenting their oral arguments. Teams will NOT be marked on the
supplementary volume, if any, while judging their Memorials.
10. Oral Arguments:
• The language of the Court shall be English.
• Each team would be given 30 minutes to present their oral arguments, subject
to a maximum of 20 minutes per Speaker in the Preliminary Rounds. This shall
include the pleadings and any rebuttal time, if applicable. For the Quarter
Finals, Semi Finals and Final Rounds, each team would get 40 minutes each,
subject to a maximum of 25 minutes per Speaker.
• Judges may, at their discretion, extend oral argument time upto a maximum of
• Rebuttal would be allowed only to the Petitioner. The Petitioner will have to
specify the length of time they want to set aside for rebuttal, before beginning
their oral arguments.
11.The draw of lots and the exchange of memorials will take place on 24
12. Scoring Criteria :
Memorial – 20 marks
Application of Facts – 10 marks
Understanding of Law and Procedure – 10 marks
Reasoning in the Application of Principles – 10 marks
Use of Authorities and Precedents – 10 marks
Response to questions and articulation – 20 marks
Advocacy skills, Court Craft and Demeanour – 20 marks
12. Teams with two or more wins in the Preliminary Rounds will go to the
Quarter Final Rounds. If there are more than eight teams having two wins each,
the teams with two wins each will be ranked according to their Memorial scores
and the top eight teams so ranked will go to the Quarter Final Rounds. If after
ranking of the memorial scores, teams are still tied, the teams so tied will be
ranked according to their total scores (excluding memorial scores). If there are
less than eight teams having two wins each, the teams having two wins each will
go through to the Quarter Final Rounds. For the remaining places, the teams
having less than two wins each will be ranked according to the sum of their
highest scores in both the Preliminary Rounds(excluding their Memorial scores),
and the top eight teams thus ranked will be sent to the Quarter Final Rounds.
13. The Memorial scores of all the teams will be released on the evening
before the Preliminary Rounds.
14. If a team scheduled to take part in a round does not appear for 10 minutes
after the scheduled start of the round, a walkover shall be declared in favour
of the team present.
15. Participants shall use only their official numbers for identification
16. Scouting by any person and on behalf of any team should be brought to the
notice of the organizers immediately, without disturbing the round in progress.
Any team found scouting will be disqualified.
17. Any reference to identity of a team’s institution or individual team
members, either during oral arguments or in the Memorial can lead to
disqualification of the team.
For any queries or clarifications, Contact person:
Amit Dey- 09007566866
Abhisek Saha- 09564274560
III. Essay Competition on:-
(a) Euthanasia the constitutional values in the Indian Society,
(b) Cyber Crimes: A threat in the modern cyber world,
(c) WTO & the Indian Economy,
(d) Role of RBI to regulate inflation.
Page limit:- maximum 10 pages(including cover page).
Submission date:- before 17th December 2011.
Prize: Best essay from each above mention essay topic shall be awarded special
prize of Rs/- 1500.
IV. Legal Quiz- Four students in each team.