AS THE world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, the Norman Manley Law School, beating all the odds, emerged victorious in defending its hat-trick as three-time winner of the fifth Annual Human Rights World Competition, held to commemorate Human Rights Day in Pretoria, South Africa. A new word had to be found: It's a quatrick!
In August 2013, the team of Donia Fuller and Ralston Dickson was chosen to represent the school. They submitted a written memorial based on a hypothetical case in early September and emerged as one of the top teams from the 15 teams from the five United Nations regions.
Copped other prizes
The hypothetical problem was based on rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights conventions and instruments.
"I am pleased to report that we did a quatrick! In addition, team NMLS was awarded the prize for best oralist and second-best oralist (me and Ralston, respectively). We are beyond elated and thank the Almighty first and foremost, but also to our coaches ... for facilitating this incredible journey," said Fuller, a member of the winning team.
Principal of the Norman Manley Law School, Carol Aina, said: "We are very proud of our team. Involvement in mooting competitions gives our students superior advocacy skills. We did very well last year in the following competitions: the Margaret Forte Moot, which we won; the Caribbean Court of Justice Moot; the Phillip Jessup Moot; the Frankfurt Investment Moot in Germany; the Price Media Moot in New York; and the Lex Caribbean Interviewing Competition. It is very expensive to send the teams all over the world, but it is all part of branding Norman Manley Law School and Jamaica. We hope that we can garner sponsorship from the private sector and alums as we continue to dominate the world stage."