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Five FIU Law students competed in the 11th Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition (“IHR”), which took place on January 29-31, 2016, at the St. Thomas Law School. The IHR competition simulated a court proceeding before the International Court of Justice. The teams competing represented both sides of the argument, prepared written pleadings on a fictional problem of international human rights law and policy, and presented their oral arguments.

FIU Law’s IHR team consisted of Mr. Nick Neville (3L), Ms. Crystal Collier (3L), Mr. Sean Hernandez (3L), Ms. Lynne Wilkerson (2L), and Ms. Jie-Ting Mei (3L).

Mr. Neville, FIU College of Law Moot Court Team President, stated “we had a great group and it was fun working with everyone on the team. I enjoyed getting experience working on an international law case. It exposed me to sources that I otherwise would not have come across.”image3

FIU Law’s IHR team finished third place on the briefs and third place overall in the competition. Additionally, Mr. Hernandez ranked as the 6th Best Orator.  Mr. Hernandez shared, “It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and argue cutting edge issues in international human rights law.  I also had the pleasure of working with some great teammates who helped make the competition an incredible experience.”

The team members enjoyed representing FIU Law at the competition and had a blast working together. Ms. Wilkerson stated, “I couldn’t have dreamed of a better team to be a part of for my first moot court competition. The cooperation, commitment and teamwork was unwavering. Besides the trophies, we are each ending this competition with four great friends.” Ms. Mei added, “It was an honor to represent FIU Law at the last Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition ever. The only thing that made this experience even more memorable were the amazing teammates that I had the pleasure of competing alongside.”

Mr. Daniel Rock, a 2015 FIU Law alumnus and former member of last year’s IHR team, coached this year’s IHR team with assistance from other FIU moot court team members.

Mr. Rock shared, “It has been a wonderful privilege to be a participant and ‘coach’ for IHR, although, our team hardly needed my help to do well. This energetic crew came to every practice with enthusiasm to succeed and a work ethic to back it up. At this point, it is fair to say that we are a perennial force to be reckoned with in the IHR competition–a legacy that I am sure will endure.”