On Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2010, the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law will host the North American (Atlantic) Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition. The Competition brings teams from eight states to the School of Law to present appellate arguments in a dispute before the International Court of Justice. Esteemed jurists, professors, practitioners, and alumni will serve as judges. Two teams of finalists from the Atlantic Rounds will continue to the International Finals at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, from March 11-14. The finalists will compete in the International Finals along with other teams from around the world, including China, Ireland, India, Brazil, the Philippines, Vietnam, Ghana, and Kenya.
The Competition addresses the hypothetical question of whether a nation must prepare an environmental impact assessment before conducting offshore seismic surveys that produce underwater sound and could potentially harm migratory whales, and whether these exploratory activities are consistent with international law. All are welcome to attend the oral arguments. The final round is scheduled to take place at 2:45 p.m. on February 6 in the Ceremonial Courtroom. Three distinguished experts will serve as judges for the final round of arguments: Amy Fraenkel, North American Regional Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Dinah Shelton, Mannatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at The George Washington University Law School and member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, and Steve Wolfson, Senior Attorney with the International Environmental Law Practice Group of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel.
This is the second consecutive year that the University of Maryland School of Law has had the honor of hosting the North American (Atlantic) Rounds of the Competition. A team of three students from the School of Law will compete in the Pacific Rounds of the competition at Chapman University School of Law from January 29-30.
If you would like additional information about the Competition, please contact Suzann Langrall, at or 410-706-4529.
For more details on the Record, Rules and Registration information, you may visit the Stetson Law Website.