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NLU Delhi wins Parliamentary debate

National Law University, Delhi won the first NALSAR Inter-Varsity Parliamentary Debate held at the NALSAR University of Law.

The individual speaking honours went to Maanav Kumar and Abhimanyu George Jain from NLS, Bangalore. Competing with R.V. College of Engineering's A & B teams and National Law School, Bangalore in the finals the NLU Delhi team won the debate arguing on the topic -

“This House Will Award the Death Penalty to Public Officials Convicted in High Profile Corruption Cases.” The Bhopal gas tragedy, WikiLeaks, CWG scandals, theories of punishment, civil liberties, the moral high-ground of the State as well as philosophy on the nature of death itself – all these arguments and more went into the mix that made for a captivating final, said Tarun Gopalakrishnan, a NALSAR student.

The event conducted by the NALSAR University of Law was supported by the law firms of Linklaters LLP and Tatva Legal. The event introduced the country to the British Parliamentary style of debating, saw participation from 26 teams from institutions all over the country competing for awards worth Rs.70,000.

The format involved four teams of two members each within each debate - the Opening Government, Opening Opposition, Closing Government and Closing Opposition. Teams were given topics (“motions”) on the spot and fifteen minutes to prepare before each person delivered speeches of seven minutes.

The Core Adjudicators for the event were Nishita Vasan (Finals Adjudicator, Asians British Parliamentary Championship), Suthen Thomas (Chief Adjudicator, World Universities Debating Championships), Hafiedz Iqbal (CEO, Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking) and Clive Eley (Chief Adjudicator at the Pan-African Debate Championships) – all vastly experienced on the international arena. Aniruddha Jairam, NALSAR's debating stalwart through the last decade was the Guest Adjudicator.

R. RAVIKANTH REDDY

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