The South Asia Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition were held in Delhi, India from 15-18 December 2011. Twenty-seven teams participated and the National Law University, Delhi emerged as the winner after a tightly contested final round with the National Law School, Bangalore. The top four teams, which also included the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, have qualified to participate in the International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court that will be held in Oxford in March 2012. Further details on the competition, including the full results and the case can be found here: http://pricemootcourt.socleg.ox.ac.uk/competitions/india
A symposium on Media and New Technology was held in conjunction with the moot court. They symposium brought together over two-dozen speakers to explore questions of media regulation, broadband access and economic development, as well as the implications of global events, such as wikileaks and the Arab Spring, on India. Speakers included Mr. Osama Abu-Dehays, Head of Legal Affairs at Al Jazeera, Professor Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society and Professor Arvind Rajagopal, NYU. The workshop also reflected on the challenges raised during the moot court competition through a panel on Websites and Issues Anonymity, Sectarianism and Public Order that featured the author of the problem, Professor Felix Wu of Cardozo Law School, along with Professor Seth Kreimer and Professor Monroe Price of the University of Pennsylvania and Raman Chima of Google India. Further details on the agenda can be found here: http://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/indiaworkshop2011/agenda
The moot court and symposium were organized by Oxford's Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in collaboration with the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, the National Law University, Delhi and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. These events are part of an ongoing research project on media and society in India and were made possible through the support of Google India, AZB and Partners, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & co., and Star TV.