A team of students from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School travelled to New York City with their coach (and professor) during the last week of January for the Americas round of the Price International Media Law Moot.
The team brought home the first-place trophy, as well as honours for Best Memorial (runner-up) and Best Oralist – Matt McLean (runner-up).
Members of the team include students Matthew McLean, Alana Robert, James Shields, John Justin and Bailey Fox, and professors (coaches) Jamie Cameron and Bruce Ryder.
In April, the team will travel to Oxford University with Ryder for the international round.
The Price Media Law Moot Court Programme, established in 2008, aims to “foster and cultivate interest in freedom of expression issues and the role of the media and information technologies in societies around the world.” It was established by the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy.
The competition is designed to challenge law students to participate in comparative research that meets legal standards at all levels (regional, national and international). Students learn to develop their arguments, both written and oral, on issues in media and information and communications technology law.
Currently there are six regional rounds (South Asia, Asia-Pacific, southeast Europe, northeast Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas). The international rounds, held in Oxford, bring participants from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Lebanon, the Philippines, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the U.K. and the U.S.
The international rounds take place in April. It is the 12th year for the competition.