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sai Associates, then enlightened the gathering speaking extensively on the topic ‘India and its BIT Regime’.

One of the crucial and exciting aspect of the Summit was the Panel Discussion held on the third day. It facilitated an inspiring discussion on a subject of great relevance “Attracting Foreign Direct Investment: Examining the Existing Legal Framework and weighing its Consequences on the Indigenous Economy”. The Panelists for the day were Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, Advocate, Su- preme Court of India & National Spokesperson, Bhartiya Janata Party, Mr. Ashish Chauhan, CEO & MD, Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. , Ms. Man- jeet Kripalani, Founder Gateway House and For- mer India Bureau Chief- Businessweek Maga- zine, Mr. Pramod Rao, General Counsel, Citibank India , Mr. Naveen Raju, In-house Counsel, Reli- ance Industries Limited and Mr. Rahul Dhonde, Associate, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva.

The Summit, aside from the key note addresses, lectures, workshops and call for papers, com- prised of two novel competitions, Judgment De- liberation Competition and the Treaty Apprecia- tion Competition, which were conceived within our institution. These competitions being the only ones of their kind enable students to understand the issues pertaining to international law with a different approach and perspective. The Judg- ment Deliberation Competition, brought a fresh approach to problem analysis and judgment mak- ing, requiring participants to, upon analysis of facts presented and arguments advanced, arrive at a unique judgment that is infallible in law, ratio- nal in thought, and innovative in its essence. The forum for the Competition was the World Trade Organisation. The Treaty Appreciation Competi- tion was modelled along the procedures of vari- ous International bodies entrusted with the task of evaluating and appraising the legality and ra- tionality of treaties, codifications and other legis- lative documents. The treaty under consideration was the Administrative Council of ICSID.

Shortly after the summit SPIL organized a lecture by Prof. Raj Bhala, Associate Dean for Internation- al and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor, School of Law, University of Kansas, on 3rd March, 2014 on International Trade Law. The session was an interactive one and provided students with different perspectives and ideas on International Trade Law. The lecture was fol- lowed by a round table discussion presided over by Prof. Raj Bhala, Ms. Deepali Fernandes, International Trade Consultant, Geneva and Mr. Somasekhar Sundaresan, Partner, J. Sagar Asso- ciates. The extremely engaging discussion was centred around “The Future of the GATT-WTO System, American Trade Policy and Implications for the Indian Subcontinent”.

Having concluded this academic year with the resounding success of the Summit, I hope and trust that the year 2014-15 will continue to cel- ebrate the joyous exploration of the many nu- ances of International Law.


University of Tulsa College of Law Tulsa, Oklahoma USA

Julie Hildebrand, President & Katie McGregor, Vice President

The University of Tulsa ILSA Chapter in Oklahoma has been very active this year hosting speakers from a multitude of countries.

The ILSA Chapter at the University of Tulsa Col- lege of Law started off the school year with a presentation from four visiting Russian profes- sors, who discussed the differences between the Russian and American legal systems. Addition- ally, these visitors were involved with a program for establishing an ongoing dialogue between Russian energy law experts and U.S. energy law experts sponsored by the United States State Department, the United States Department of

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