Mohali, February 1: Justice Ajay Tewari, Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chandigarh inaugurated the 11th edition of the National Rounds of the Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition at the Army Institute of Law, here today.
Justice Ajay Tewari, appreciated the efforts of the organisers i.e. the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation and Leiden University in drawing up a wonderful proposition, on air law, which raised legal issues concerning countries and people around the globe.
Speaking on the occasion he said that greatest service that young budding lawyers can do to the society is to provide justice to a large number of underprivileged who fail to reach the courts because of limited means or otherwise. “This would be the greatest service young lawyers can do by giving them access to justice”, he added.
On this occasion, Horacio Bernardes Neto from Brazil, President of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Guest of Honour at this event, said that this unique competition on air law in the world is providing much-needed training to young legal minds from an international perspective especially when India is excelling in every the playing field in the world.
He said that IBA with over 100,000 members in 142 countries of the world are looking at training lawyers to tackle the issues of bullying, sexual harassment, and even wellness.
Justice (retd) S.S.Sodhi, President of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation complimented twenty teams which participated in the moot court on international law, which has been founded by the Sarin Foundation and Leiden University of the Netherlands.
M.L. Sarin, Secretary-General of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, underlined the significance of training young lawyers in international air law especially with Indian aviation market expected to grow substantially by the year 2030.
He announced the winners of the “Sarin Foundation Best Mooter of the Year Award” in which the prize money of Rs.50,000 was shared by Upasna Dahiya, Lokendra Singh, and Shiekhar Panwar of the Army Institute of Law.
Nitin Sarin, one of the select few legal experts in the international air law informed that the three finalists shall participate in the Sarin International Air Law Moot Court competition at St Petersburg, Russia on 17-19 April 2020.