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GIMC (Gujarat International Mooting Competition)

Published: 18 February 2019
Southampton Team
George Laidlaw, Boykin Smith, and Dillan Madhani

The University of Southampton mooting team competed in the Gujarat National Law University’s 11th Annual International Moot Court (GIMC) for the first time between February 13th – 17th, 2019.

A total of 60 teams gathered in Ahmedabad, India to argue whether or not contentious transnational transactions and export duties, pertaining to the cobalt industry, were prohibited subsidies inconsistent with WTO law. The Southampton team, consisting of oralists Boykin Smith and George Laidlaw and researcher Dillan Madhani, was the only international team to advance to the quarter-finals (top 8) and was tied for first place. Unfortunately, thereafter they were knocked out by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi – the 1st runner ups. The winners were the Christ University, Bangalore and the University of Southampton finished 5th overall.

Hear from lead oralist Boykin below:

This was a huge achievement and an amazing opportunity to delve into a timely area of law for UK students. The competition was very intense and enriching for our research & mooting skills. The local hospitality was also incredible. Thank you to the law school for this opportunity and believing in such a uniquely diverse team.

Dillan Madhani, Boykin Smith and George Laidlaw
Dillan Madhani, Boykin Smith and George Laidlaw
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