Patent rights, capital punishment discussed; At Chettinad Vidyashram’s legal symposium

chettinad-vidyashram-legal-symposiumThe first edition of Chettinad Vidyashram’s Legal Symposium and Moot Court was held on Sep 14 at the school campus.

The programme started off with the lighting of the kuthuvilakku by the chief guest, Akbar Ali, retired justice of the Madras High Court, and the judges of the respective events, C. Elaiyaraja, professor, Dr. Ambedkar University,  Tamil Nadu, Rabbiraj Chinnappan, professor, VIT Law School and Prashanth. B, advocate, Madras High Court.

This was then followed by a speeches by the founder Meena Muthiah, the principal Amudhalakshmi and the chief guest. Later, a dance was performed by the students on the theme ‘discrimination against women and the legal aid being provided to them’.

Then, the legal symposium (a forum for discussion on a specific topic) commenced, whereby several different issues ranging from patent rights to the need for capital punishment in India today, was discussed and debated by the students. Further, unique solutions were also suggested by the students for these issues in order to bring about reforms in certain obsolete systems and practices.

This was succeeded by a moot court session (simulated court proceeding, involving drafting memorandum and spoken arguments) where the participants got a chance to apply the theoretical knowledge that they had learned during class hours.

The ceremony ended with a prize distribution that lauded those deserving students who had travelled that extra mile in order to give their best performance.