Norman Manley Law School wins Frankfurt moot court competition

Sunday, March 25, 2012

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THE Norman Manley Law School has won the Frankfurt International Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition, held from March 12 to 16.


The school's team, comprising Caprice McFarlane, Shantez Stewart, Munroe Wisdom, Kenyatta Powell and Mark Hope, prevailed in intense competition over more than 30 schools in Frankfurt, Germany.


Last Friday, in the finals of the competition, Norman Manley won against the University of Versailles, France. Other teams in the international competition included competitors from the USA, Sweden, India, Poland, and Germany.


In hailing the team's success, principal of the law school, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, noted that the team has reaped the rewards of their dedication and commitment.


"This team of outstanding Caribbean students have seized the opportunity provided by international exposure, and have brought us honour and distinction," Vasciannie said. "Their performance is another sign of our high standards in legal education."


The Frankfurt International Investment Moot is an international mooting competition focusing on investment protection in which students present their arguments orally before tribunals of arbitration composed of investment treaty specialists.


The finals of this year's competition were held at the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with earlier rounds at the University of Frankfurt.


In addition to taking the prize for best team, the law school also took awards for the best non-OECD team and best Latin American and Caribbean team. For their main prize, the students have been awarded scholarships to undertake a three-week placement at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.


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