FIU Law’s Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Team Wins Runner-Up
Pictured above, from left to right: Sarah Gray (3L), Kimberlee Martin (2L), Cristina Neuman (2L), Ligianette Cordova (3L), and Daphne Bareket (3L). Standing, Professor Ila Klion.

FIU Law’s Board of Advocates Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court team competed at the Susan J. Ferrell Moot Court Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. The competition was held at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens.

The FIU team, which included five students, Gigi Cordova (3L), Daphne Bareket (3L), Sarah Gray (3L), Kimberlee Martin (2L), and Cristina Neuman (2L) won the Runner-Up trophy. In addition, Kimberlee Martin won the Best Orator trophy. The team also finished with the Second Runner-Up Brief/Memorial award.

Background on the competition

The Susan J. Ferrell Moot Court Competition is a competition revolving around a simulated court proceeding, in which teams representing both sides of the argument prepare written pleadings with respect to a fictional problem of international human rights law and policy, and present their arguments in an oral argument before the International Court of Justice. It is one of the few competitions in the United States focused on International Law, particularly as it relates to human rights. The competition is based on both writing and oral skills. Each team is required to submit a memorial (comparable to an appellate brief in domestic matters) for both the applicant and the respondent of the case. In addition, the teams are required to participate in four preliminary oral argument rounds, two as the applicant and two as the respondent. The winners of the oral argument rounds are based on 2/3 oral argument skill 1/3 brief score. This year the FIU College of Law team went undefeated in the preliminary rounds, a first for any school.

Other schools in the competition included: Howard University School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, University of Miami School of Law, and American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

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