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October 23- International Environmental Moot Court Competition at Stetson Law To Debate Sustainable Use of Ocean Fisheries


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Gulfport, Fla. –   Law students from around the world will converge on Stetson University College of Law, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for the Eighth Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition.

“This competition will draw some of the world’s best student advocates who have a particular focus on environmental issues,” said Royal Gardner, associate dean of Stetson University College of Law. “Stetson is proud to sponsor the only moot court competition that addresses international environmental issues.”

This year’s problem concerns issues associated with large-scale driftnet fishing on the high seas and whether obligations flowing from treaties and international customs apply to a newly independent state. Twenty-eight teams from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, India, New Zealand and 12 different U.S. states are expected to compete.

Three renowned attorneys have been selected as final round judges:

  • Lakshman Guruswamy, an author of a leading international environmental law course book and Colorado University law professor
  • Anne Rowley, an attorney specializing in international matters with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • William Thomas, a Washington D.C. attorney who is former chair of the ABA’s International Environmental Law Committee

Students from Queensland University of Technology in Australia won last year’s competition.

Associate Dean Gardner and Interim Dean Darby Dickerson created this competition in 1996 to increase awareness about international environmental challenges. In its inaugural year, 12 teams competed. The event has grown to include the Indian National Rounds and the Australasian Rounds, where foreign teams compete for the right to advance to the finals held on the campus of Stetson University College of Law.