Curtain Raiser: NHRC-GNLU National Moot Court Competition begins at Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 26.09.2019 (25.09.2019)

Delhi, 25th September, 2019

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, India is organizing a National Moot Court Competition in collaboration with Gujarat National Law University, GNLU at Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 26th-29th September, 2019. The theme of the Moot Court Competition is “Cultural Rights of Local Populations and influx of illegal Migrants & Refugees”. About 100 teams of budding lawyers from different colleges and universities in various parts of the country are participating in the competition.

Mr. Justice N.V.Anjaria, Judge of Gujarat High Court will inaugurate it on 26th September, 2019 as the Chief Guest. Mr. Jaideep Govind, Secretary General, NHRC will be the Guest of Honor at the inaugural function. Mrs. Jyotika Kalra, Member, NHRC will be the Chair of the Jury for the final round and also the Chief Guest of the Valedictory function on 29th September, 2019.

The NHRC, apart from its core undertaking of enquiring into cases of human rights violations and providing relief to those who have been victimized, also carries the mandate to spread and promote human rights awareness among various sections of society. The Commission, as a part of its mandate under Section 12 (h) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, has been consistently moving towards achieving its goal to promote human rights literacy and awareness among various sections of the society.

In accordance with this mandate, NHRC has been organizing various activities including training programmes and moot court competitions in collaboration with universities/colleges in different parts of the country.

The purpose of organizing these moot courts is to create awareness and sensitize students to pressing human rights issues of the day and encourage the mainstreaming of human rights study and research in their future academic pursuits.

The moot courts were being generally organized on themes across the wide spectrum of criminal and civil law, but it was for the first time in 2013 that the National Human Rights Commission took this unique initiative of organizing moot court on human rights issues in collaboration with Delhi University. Since then it has formed a regular feature of the activities of the Training Division of the Commission.