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15th Annual Stetson International Environmental
Moot Court Competition
INTERNATIONAL FINALS
March 17-20, 2011
University of Maryland School of Law

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 Philippines (Ateneo de Manila School of Law and University of Philippines College of Law)
  • Brazil (Centro Universitario Newton Paiva, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
  • China (China University of Political Science and Law)
  • India (NALSAR University of Law, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, University School of Law and Legal Studies)
  • Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe)
  • Ireland (Law Society of Ireland)
  • Ukraine (Kharkiv National University)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (Hugh Wooding Law School)
  • United States (American University, University of California-Hastings, University of Hawaii)

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)
and
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.

Click here to view the program for this event.

Check out the Competition Trailerand Slideshow.

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.

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