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Cave Hill 2014 Moot Court Winners

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, April 4, 2014

Cave Hill campus made a clean sweep of the top prizes to emerge overall winners of the 4th Annual Inter-American Sustainable Development Moot Court Competition in Brazil last Friday.

In so doing Cave Hill became the first English speaking team to win the competition which was  held at the FGV Direito Rio de Janeiro Law School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The campus’ triumphant international mooting team comprised Ms Kavita Deochan and Mr. Rushane Campbell.

Team Cave Hill also won the Best Written Memorial and the Best Delegation. Deochan was adjudged the Best Oralist in the finals as well as the Best Oralist of the overall competition.                          

Teams of students representing law faculties and law schools (where enrolees usually have an extra year or two of legal training) participate in this competition spanning the entire region of the Americas and the Caribbean. The trilingual contest allows students to argue in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

This year’s moot case dealt with the human rights of indigenous peoples under the American Convention of Human Rights and other issues including property rights, sustainable development and international law.

One week earlier, another team of Cave Hill mooters earned the campus the title of Best Academic Institution, the second year the campus picked up this prize after winning it at the inaugural offering in March 2012. This year’s title was won at the 6th Annual Caribbean Court of Justice’s International Moot Court Competition in Trinidad on March 14th, 2014

The Cave Hill mooting team in Trinidad comprised Ms. Suszanna Clarke, Mr. Andre Sheckleford (2nd year direct entrants) and Mr. Christopher Harper (2nd year).

Appearing before the CCJ’s, Justice Winston Anderson, Justice David Hayton and Madame Justice Desiree Bernard, the Cave Hill team bested all other participating Faculties of Law.

On winning their match against sister campus St. Augustine, the Cave Hill participants were complimented on their skills. Ms. Clarke was praised for her gravitas as a lawyer and the Bench indicated that she had a good grasp of the law. Mr. Sheckleford was commended for his clear and measured tone and his very good knowledge of the law.

This year’s moot case, heard under the CCJ’s original jurisdiction, dealt with issues related to: free movement under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for CARICOM nationals, economic citizenship, the Court’s advisory jurisdiction, and other international legal matters.The overall winner of the competition was the Eugene Dupuch Law School.

The Faculty of Law, headed by Dean Dr. David Berry has extended warm congratulations to all contestants as well as to Mr. Westmin James, the team coach and coordinator of the Faculty's International Mooting course, for their tireless preparatory work leading up to the competitions.







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