"The Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot is Canada’s first and only national moot court competition devoted to environmental law. Its goal is to promote awareness of the growing role of environmental issues in contemporary legal practice and public life, while enhancing law students’ written and oral advocacy skills.
The competition takes the form of an appeal before a Canadian court of last resort, bringing together law students, judges, leadings lawyers and legal academics to explore cutting-edge environmental law issues. The inaugural competition case will focus on the measure of damages for contaminated land.
The moot is open to all Canadian law schools. Teams consist of two or three students enrolled in a JD/bachelor of laws or equivalent degree program. Each team files a factum for one party. At the oral hearing, teams argue one side of the appeal in their first match and the other side in their second. The playoff and final matches are judges by senior appellate judges. Teams present their factums and oral argument in English" The inaugural moot took place in February 2011. Key Dates: Problem released in September. Factums due in January. Oral arguments in February.
Selection Process: Student participates in a 10 minute oral tryout before a panel of judges.
Course Evaluation: Letter grade based upon research, written factum, performance and participation during preparation and at the competition.
Pre-requisite: Enrolled in Environmental Protection Law by the Fall Term and enrolled in Administrative Law either term, or with permission of the moot supervisor.
Credit Weight: 3 credits in Winter Term
Number of oralists: 3 (three)
Participation is made possible through a grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario
2014 Location/Date: The next competition takes place in 2015 (biennial moot)
2014 Moot Problem: