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Stetson Law Moot Court Team wins prestigious international human rights competition


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Gulfport, Fla. – A team of three Stetson Law students defeated teams from across the U.K., India, and the U.S. to win the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in White Plains, N.Y., on Oct. 28. Add to their victory —this is the first time that a Stetson team has entered the competition.

Students Stephanie Ciechanowski, Chris Winkelman and Ahmad Yakzan progressed to the final round in the competition and argued against teams from Louisiana State University and New York Law School for the victory. Winkelman was named Best Oralist, the highest individual award in a moot court competition. Stetson professor Ann Piccard coached the winning team.

“Our team’s performance at this competition places our moot court team among the best in the world’s key competitors in international human rights issues,” said professor Stephanie Vaughan, Stetson’s moot court advisor.

Each team wrote and submitted three written memorials and argued a case based on international criminal law before a simulated International Criminal Court.

Stetson’s moot court board members compete as teams in interscholastic moot court competitions that take place throughout the year and throughout the world.