Congratulations are due to a team of UVic Law students who qualified for this year’s Philip C. Jessup International Moot by placing second in the championships in Calgary from March 2-5.
The four students, Mike Baker, Miriam Isman, Laura Weston-Baradoy and Mark Witten, finished just behind a team from University of Ottawa and will represent Canada in Washington D.C. from March 20-26, 2011. The UVic Law announcement highlights the team’s other accomplishments at the Calgary competition, where the students debated the legality of drone strikes (laws of war/international humanitarian law), a prohibition on the wearing of a religious headdress (equality rights and religious freedom) and issues of bribery/corruption:
In addition to taking second place overall, the team won the following prizes: Best Respondent Memorials; Best Memorials Overall; 4th Best Oralist in Preliminary Rounds (Mike Baker); Best Oralist in Final B (Miriam Isman); and Best Respondent Team Overall. The team was coached by Professor Ted McDorman and Professor Andrew Newcombe, with the assistance of UVic Law alumnus Gordon Brandt.