PRESS RELEASE: Port of Spain, Trinidad. Eight teams from across the Caribbean are converging on the headquarters of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) hoping to take home the top prize in the 10th Annual CCJ International Law Moot Competition on Friday, 9th March 2018. The President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Rt. Hon. Sir Dennis Byron will open the proceedings at 8:45 am with a brief welcome message. The teams will make their presentations from 9:05 am to 4:30 pm. Judgment is expected at 4:45 pm, followed by a brief awards ceremony and a cocktail reception.
The 10th Annual CCJ International Law Moot is open to the public. However, for those who cannot attend at the CCJ’s headquarters, the final moot presentation and the awards ceremony will be streamed live on the internet starting at 3 pm. Information on the live broadcast can be found on the CCJ’s website at www.ccj.org. The CCJ will also provide updates throughout the day using its Twitter feed, @caribbeancourt, and its LinkedIn page, Caribbean Court of Justice.
Last year’s competition saw eight law faculties and law schools participating. The team from the Eugene Dupuch Law School took home the ultimate prize in the 2017 competition. The competitors in this year’s Law Moot include:
- Eugene Dupuch Law School (The Bahamas);
- Hugh Wooding Law School (Trinidad & Tobago);
- Norman Manley Law School (Jamaica);
- Faculty of Law of the University of Guyana;
- Faculty of Law of the University of Technology (Jamaica);
- Faculty of Law of The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill);
- Faculty of Law of The University of the West Indies (Mona) and
- Faculty of Law of The University of the West Indies (St Augustine).
This year’s Law Moot presents a hypothetical situation where a CARICOM state has imposed a tax on imported sugar-sweetened beverages and a ban on advertisement of such beverages on TV and radio. The sponsor of the 10th Annual CCJ International Law Moot Competition is the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO), an organization whose mandate is to improve and protect people’s health. On the day after the moot, PAHO will be hosting a meeting on the use of law to tackle non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean.
The Law Moot will be heard by three CCJ judges: Mr. Justice Jacob Wit, Mr. Justice David Hayton and Mr. Justice Winston Anderson.