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Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The Susan J. Ferrell Moot Court Competition, now over 10 years old, 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.

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2016 Susan J. Ferrell Competition: January 29, 2016 - January 31, 2016

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Defending Champions

Duke Wins Tenth Anniversary Ferrell Human Rights Competition

From January 30 to February 1, 2015, the LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law held its Tenth Anniversary Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Student teams from eight law schools from four continents came to compete in this highly challenging moot proceeding before the International Court of Justice. Foreign law schools included Hidayatullah National Law University (India), Haramaya University (Ethiopia), and the University of Siena (Italy). This year, the problem addressed issues regarding attempts at secession, genocide, instances of beheadings and stoning reflecting many of the flashpoints of international concern today.

After two days of exciting exchanges of argument before expert judges from mainly the St. Thomas faculty and alumni versed in human rights, the teams from Duke University and Florida International University (FIU) advanced to the Final Round before former President of International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Professor Fausto Pocar, Professor Howard Blumberg, and Dr. Denise Wallace. In an outstanding Final Round, Duke Law School edged out FIU by a few points. The best oralist was Daniel Rock (FIU), followed by Stephanie De Los Santos (Howard) and Zharna Shah (Duke); the best memorial was written by Duke. All participants enjoyed the superb quality of the problem, the argument, and the hospitality of St. Thomas University School of Law.