Law school team chalks up win

The Cayman Islands Law School moot team came in third at the Commonwealth Moot Competition held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The team, consisting of Elkie Rose, Nadine Watler and Pamella Mendez, competed against teams representing regions from across the entire Commonwealth, including the Caribbean, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and South-East Asia, said a GIS press release.

Accompanying the team was Law School lecturer Andrew Woodcock.

A ‘moot’ is a mock legal argument, requiring students to appear before a panel of judges and present a legal argument. In this case, the argument related to a trade dispute between two fictitious African states. Students are marked on the quality of their legal argument, their presentation in court and their ability to answer questions.

The Cayman Islands team was ranked third after Australia and South Africa. This achievement should be put in the context that each team competing represented an entire country following national selection competitions – the Indian team, for example, was representative of more than 600 law schools.

Law School Director Mitchell Davies praised the team’s performance noting that ‘the appearance at the finals of the competition marked the culmination of many weeks of hard work and preparation. The good showing of the team has without doubt put the Cayman Islands Law School in the spotlight in the community of Commonwealth law schools.’

Attendance at the competition was made possible through the support of the Law School’s sponsors: the Cayman Islands Law Society, Cayman National Bank, Maples and Calder and Solomon Harris.

Plans are now under way to send another team to an international human rights moot competition at St. Thomas University in Miami in January 2008.