|15th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition|
The University of Maryland School of Law hosted the International Finals of the 15th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition March 17th through March 20th. The competition began in 2010 – a total of 80 teams from around the world competed for the right to go to the International Finals. This year's competition problem was both timely and informative: international law governing oil spill liability. It was patterned after the BP oil spill and focused on two main issues. The first was whether a nation's alleged failure to properly regulate offshore drilling activities constitutes a violation of international law. The second was whether a nation is permitted to authorize widespread use of chemical dispersants to minimize the impact of the oil spill under international law. Countries represented at the International Finals included:
The competition was fierce during the preliminary rounds where all teams had four appellate arguments on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th. Both teams from the Philippines, both from Ireland, the University of California Hastings, the University of Hawaii, India’s National University of Advanced Legal Studies, and Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the quarterfinal round.
The semifinal rounds were:
University of Hawaii (Applicant) v. University of Philippines College of Law Trinidad (Respondent)
The Law Society of Ireland (Applicant) v. Hugh Wooding Law School (Respondent
University of Hawaii and the Law Society of Ireland progressed to the final round where the Irish team argued as the applicant and the Hawaiian team as the respondent.
The Awards Ceremony honored The Law Society of Ireland as the world champion. Ateneo de Manila School of Law won the Best Memorial, with University of Philippines College of Law and India’s National University of Advanced Legal Studies taking second and third place for their memorials.
The University of Maryland School of Law hosted the Mid-Atlantic Preliminary Rounds in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, then students Scott Yager and Sylvia Chi created a documentary about the event.
On Friday March 18th, the 2011 Fedder Lecture and Dinner was held in conjunction with this event.