By Ali Mashraf
Dhaka University Moot Court Society (DUMCS) hosted a workshop on mooting at Department of Law, University of Dhaka. More than hundred students from honors and master’s level attended the workshop to get acquainted with the basics of mooting.
In the welcome speech, Mr. Sayed Masud Reza, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka reminisced his student life at Dhaka University and talked about the vacuum that existed regarding debating during his early days. He remarked that the moot court movement, which was initiated during his student life got full force and by the passage of time, is standing where it is today. He urged the freshman year students to take mooting seriously and emphasized that DUMCS would work closely with the newcomers to hone their mooting skills.
Afterwards, Professor Dr. Mohammad Nazmuzzaman Bhuian, Moderator, DUMCS discussed the background of the establishment of Moot Court Society at Dhaka University and said that as a moderator, his chief concern was to facilitate the learning and skill development of the mooters so that they could flourish in both national and international level moot court competitions. He commented that it was the responsibility of the mooters to take DUMCS to newer heights in the mooting arena and believed that more initiatives such as this were required to help achieve that dream.
Professor Dr. Mohammad Rahmat Ullah, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka & President of DUMCS, later delivered his speech for the students. Dr. Rahmat Ullah talked about the importance of mooting as an integral part of clinical legal education. He propounded that students would develop self-confidence and team chemistry by taking part in mooting. He ended his speech by reiterating that every sort of assistance would be provided to the enthusiastic mooters to help them build their mooting skills.
Following the inaugural session, the workshop on mooting took place. The first session was conducted by Arpeeta Shams Mizan, Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Dhaka on introduction to mooting and legal research. Nuran Choudhury conducted the following session on marshaling of facts and preparation for arguments. Advocate Manzur Al Matin facilitated the next session on oral presentation.
Afterwards, Advocate ASM Sayem Ali Pathan conducted a session on preparation of memorials. The last session was conducted by Barrister Md. Monzur Rabbi on the technical aspect of mooting and how it can enrich one’s analytical capabilities. Following that, Dr. Nazmuzzaman delivered the closing speech thanking the speakers, organizers and students for such a successful workshop and ended the day’s proceedings.
The sessions were quite lively and vibrant with frequent interactions taking place between the facilitators and the audience. DUMCS plans to host more such workshops for the students on mooting in near future. Moreover, the preparations are underway for hosting the 7th Inter Year Moot Court Competition 2017 at Department of Law, University of Dhaka.