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Norman Manley Law School wins moot court competition

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's Norman Manley Law School has won the Frankfurt International Invest-ment Arbitration Moot Court Competition, held from March 12 to 16, 2012.

The Norman Manley Law 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. The team was accompanied by Tania Mott, tutor at the law school.

World beaters

Last week 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, among others.

In hailing the team's success, principal of the Norman Manley Law School, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, noted that:

"The Norman Manley Law School 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. Their performance is another sign of our high standards in legal education. Remember, too, that the Norman Manley Law School won the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier in this academic year."

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.

Prize winners

In addition to taking the prize for Best Team, the Norman Manley 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, the Netherlands.