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Another win for Norman Manley Law School

Published:Monday | December 19, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Norman Manley Law School World Human Rights Moot Court champion team (from left) Love Odih, Leslie Mendez and Jermaine Case. - Contributed

The Norman Manley Law School has again captured first prize in the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

After a victory in the worldwide contest last year, the Jamaican team travelled to Pretoria, South Africa, last week and, for the second successive year, emerged number one.

This year's competition, organised by the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the United Nations Office of Human Rights, saw three selected law schools from each of the United Nations regions in the semi-final round of the competition.

The Norman Manley Law School team included Jermaine Case and Love Odih, with Leslie Mendez as the reserve speaker, and Nancy Anderson, tutor at the law school, as coach.

In the semi-final round last Thursday, Norman Manley defeated the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In the final, the Jamaicans faced the prestigious Yale Law School and again prevailed.

Case was selected second best oralist (tied) in the competition, while Odih, third best oralist.

Principal of the Norman Manley Law School, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, was overjoyed with the victory.

"I am ecstatic that Norman Manley has once again brought home the World Human Rights title. Love, Jermaine and Leslie have been a model team, putting in long hours on research, writing and advocacy.

"With coach Anderson, Senior Tutor Emerita Dorcas White and the entire school willing the team forward, we went to South Africa with confidence, and left with success. Yale and other schools will have taken note of our very high standards at home; the Caribbean should be proud of our students and this wonderful accomplishment," said Vasciannie.

Last year, the Norman Manley Law School, as a first-time entrant, with a team consisting of Merrick Watson, Lori-Ann Green and Gabrielle Elliott-Williams, won the World Human Rights Competition, and enjoyed much success in various other international mooting and client counselling competitions.