Inaugural Speech by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mukeshkumar Rasikbhai Shah – Lloyd Law College Online Moot Court Competition

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Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mukeshkumar Rasikbhai Shah, Judge, Supreme Court of India as Chief Guest delivered Inaugural Speech in the COVID-19 Pandemic National Online Moot Court Competition 2020 organized by Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida, supported by Scconline. Lordship delivered the Inaugural Address from his residence following all the rules and regulations on social distancing through a Video Class platform app http://teams.microsoft.com on Thursday 30 April 2020 at 10 AM. His Lordship’s virtual presence and delivering the Inaugural Speech is a breakthrough in the history of legal education and practice and marked his commitment to go beyond traditional approaches to strengthen and inspire the younger generation of lawyers and students.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. R. Shah, Judge, Supreme Court of India in the Inaugural Address, said that,

“All participates and my dear friends’ students, Morning to all.

With a hope and trust that it will be a very good morning for all of you. It is a great privilege for me to be part of this inauguration of the virtual competition of COVID-19 Pandemic National Online Moot Court Competition 2020.

First of all, I congratulate the organizers to select this most important timely subject. I am happy that Lloyd Law College is organizing the virtual competition to really understand the legal issues involved in the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so happy to note that from all over country many university students are participating in this moot court competition. I am told that approximately 100 participants are participating across the country. The source, the keen interest and the seriousness of COVID-19 so far is the youth and young generations concern. Friends everyone knows that at present the entire world is passing through a very challenging time. The present times is a test for entire world at large. The world is currently at a state emergency.”

Lordship highlighting the legal complexities pertaining to unprecedented Covid-19 global pandemic compared the situation with war and stated that just like war, such times requires complete faith on the captain of the ship i.e. the Government and strict adherence to their instructions. Lordship quoted sentiments of Hon’ble Mr. Justice S. A. Bobde, Chief Justice of India, who recently commented that executives with its 3M – Money, Men and Material are better suited to handle Covid-19 crisis. Lordship directed us all towards two acronyms to explain a mantra for staying safe in quarantine. He commented – Don’t touch MEN i.e. (Mouth, Ears and Nose) and follow WOMEN i.e. (Wash hands, Obey directions, Move away from crowd, Exercise and Never ignore symptoms). Lordship also appreciated the endeavor of Lloyd Law College for coming up with such innovative tools of carrying and furthering the legal education.

This Competition is being organized from 30 April – 03 May 2020 through online participation only. The competition has over hundred teams registered and participating from all the leading law schools across India namely NALSAR-Hyderabad, NUJS-Kolkata, GNLU-Ahmedabad, HNLU-Raipur, RMNLU-Lucknow, CLC & LC-I Delhi University, DSNLU-Vishakhapatnam, NLUJA-Assam, NLU-Odisha, NUSRL-Ranchi, Amity Law School, Delhi, AIL-Mohali, IIL-Indore, KIITU-Bhubaneshwar, New Law College-BVP-, Pune, NMIMS-Navi Mumbai, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, SOEL-Chennai, Christ University-Bengaluru, SLS-NOIDA, SLS-Pune, UPES-Dehradun and 6 GLC’s and many more.

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