Call for Sponsors: International Environmental Moot Court Competition

Title: Call for Sponsors for the International Environmental Moot Court Competition
Organisation: Environmental Governance Institute (EGI)
Moot court competition: last week of November 2013 in Buea, Cameroon
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Description: According to a recent IUCN Netherlands report “Assessment of Education Components in Grant Projects in Africa“, few projects in West and Central Africa targeted post Secondary Schools students. The environmental moot court competition is therefore a welcome event, where upcoming lawyers are tested on their analytical, drafting, presentation and argumentation skills. The competition is based on a fictional dispute between countries before an International Court. Problems cover realistic international legal questions that are directly related to natural resources and the environment.

The International Environmental Moot Court Competition sees legal pathways as a means to resolving conflicts over shared natural resources and inter-state environmental disputes. It aims to build a new crop of committed environmental lawyers in West and Central Africa to do just that. Through this competition, young law students will learn how to use legal and political action beyond the nation state. The West Africa Round of the Environmental Moot Court Competition is an annual event that is carried out by EGI in collaboration with the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy of Stetson University College of Law.

The theme of the competition is ‘sea turtle protection and cultural practices’.  The Atlantic Coast of Africa is home to many species of marine turtles. It contains nesting and feeding sites and migration corridors for some of the most threatened species of turtles. In response to this situation, on 29 May 1999, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed under the aegis of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to protect marine turtles that are under threat of extinction due to high levels of exploitation and destruction of their habitats. This MoU, which took effect on 1 July 1999, covers the coastal waters of more than 20 West and Central Africa countries. Law schools from these countries will be participating in the moot court competition.