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February 24, 2017

2017 W&S Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and Osgoode Hall Law School will be hosting the 2017 Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Osgoode Hall.

The Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot, Canada’s first national moot court competition devoted to environmental law, is a joint initiative of Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and Osgoode Hall Law School. The Moot competition brings together law school students, leading environmental law practitioners and judges from all levels of court across Canada.

The 2017 Moot competition case is Midwest v Thordarson, 2015 ONCA 819.

  • Program—A full day event on March 4, 2017, beginning with moot rounds early in the morning, semi-final and final rounds in the afternoon, and finishing with an evening networking event and the moot awards dinner in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Convocation Hall
  • Schools —Law schools from coast to coast will register for the 2017 Moot
  • Distinguishing Feature — Students must argue both sides of the case. In the preliminary round, the students will start in their first match on one side of the argument, and then switch to the other side for their second match. This switching of sides requires students to exhibit mental agility under pressure.
Marc McAree and Stepan Wood are the Founders and Co-Chairs of the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot. Joanna Vince is the Official Moot Administrator of the Moot Court Competition.

We are very pleased to announce as our confirmed Final Bench Judges:

  • Justice Malcolm Rowe, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Justice Kathryn N. Feldman, Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Justice Katherine van Rensburg, Ontario Court of Appeal
In addition, 25 environmental law practitioners will judge the student teams on their oral advocacy skills, and several additional practitioners will serve as written factum judges.

For more information on the moot, click here.

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