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Irish Team Wins International Environmental Moot Court Competition at Stetson


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A team of students from the Law Society of Ireland won the 13th Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., on March 28.

(L-R): Law Society of Ireland team Michelle Cunningham, Best Oralist Carol Eager, Ellie Dunne and Stetson Law Professor Royal Gardner.

(L-R): Law Society of Ireland team Michelle Cunningham, Best Oralist Carol Eager, Ellie Dunne and Stetson Law Professor Royal Gardner. Click for high-resolution image.

Teams from eight countries competed in the international finals at Stetson, traveling to the Tampa Bay campus from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Nepal, Ukraine and the United States. This year’s winners from the Law Society of Ireland defeated a team from the University of California-Hastings College of Law. Carol Eager of the Law Society of Ireland was named Best Oralist in the international competition.

A team from the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia won the inaugural Spirit of Stetson Award for outstanding advocacy, and a team from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago received the award for Best Memorial.

“This competition is an incredible opportunity for students from all over the world to gather on Stetson’s campus to hone their skills as international law advocates,” said Professor Royal C. Gardner, who also heads the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson and created the competition with Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson.

This year’s competition coincided with the two-day 11th International Wildlife Law Conference. Distinguished international scholars from eight countries around the world presented topics ranging from biofuel production to ecotourism.

The final round of competition at Stetson was judged by Wil Burns, editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Wildlife and Policy; Johannes Huber, the executive secretary of the Antarctic Treaty, from Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Andi Pearl, the manager of the Antarctic Krill Conservation Project for The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.