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Queen’s team advances to global round of Jessup Moot

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Queen's Law's 2013 Jessup Moot team: student coach Jackie Day, Law ’13; oralists Katherine Metcalfe, Law ’13, and Raynell Hodge, Law ’14; Professor Darryl Robinson, faculty coach; oralists Laura Robinson, Law ’14, and Kati Aubin, Law ’13; and researcher Julia Lauwers, Law ’14.

Queen’s Law has won second place in the highly competitive Canadian round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot, securing a place in the competition’s international rounds. The team of Katherine Metcalfe, Law ’13, Raynell Hodge, Law ’14, Laura Robinson, Law ’14, Kati Aubin, Law ’13, and researcher Julia Lauwers, Law ’14, is on its way to the finals in Washington, DC, in April. 

The Canadian event was hosted by Queen’s from March 6 to 9 in Kingston. After facing off against 14 teams from across Canada, the host team also won a prize for second-best memorials as well as two oralist prizes – best oralist for Laura Robinson in Championship Round C and eighth best overall for Kati Aubin. 

The competitors were faced with the scenario of an island nation losing all of its territory to submersion as a result of global warming. According to Professor Darryl Robinson, the moot team’s faculty coach, “The moot problem explored the concept of statehood, responsibility for climate change, and the way states may deal with a mass influx of climate change refugees.”   

Robinson was assisted by student coaches from Law ’13 -- Kimberly Grange and Jackie Day. They are all proud of their team and hopeful about Washington. “The mooters this year are exceptionally committed and exceptionally talented”, says Robinson. “It is quite inspiring to watch them handle even the most difficult and unexpected questions with complete grace and mastery.” 

For Kati Aubin, the competition was about more than just the great result. “I've worked harder at mooting and learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. The people I’ve worked with on the Jessup have been kind, intelligent, and funny individuals, all destined to be stand-out advocates in whatever area of law they decide to practise in. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.”

As for her own experience, soon-to-graduate Katherine Metcalfe says, “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Queen’s Law in this particular forum with a team of remarkable women! The support we received as a team from coaches, fellow students, past participants, our own professors and the faculty as a whole is without comparison.”

In Washington, Katherine, Raynell, Laura and Kati will be competing against 200 teams from all over the world, and they certainly are looking forward to representing Queen’s there for the first time in 19 years. “The international rounds of the Jessup are certainly the largest and probably the most difficult moot competition in the world,” says Robinson, “but even in that field, I think our team will be pretty formidable. They are well prepared, they are sharp lawyers and they are great advocates.”

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