Catherine Moore, UB’s coordinator of international law programs, sends exciting news:
The University of Baltimore School of Law team for the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition – made up of Aneesa Khan and Michele Lambert, both rising 3Ls — performed phenomenally well late last month. The five-day competition, which ran from May 22-27, was organized and hosted by American University’s Washington College of Law.
The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a unique trilingual — English, Portuguese and Spanish — competition established to train law students in how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a forum to redress human rights violations. Approximately 100 teams from around the world participated in the competition, which marked its 21st year. Colombia and Brazil were the most well-represented nations.
The hypothetical case for the competition focused on extractive industries and human rights. The UB team represented the victims in the case. The duo prepared briefs and oral arguments, which were presented to a panel of international human rights experts acting as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
The team had three rounds of competition, each in a different translated language, against teams from three countries — Angola, Mexico and Switzerland. In each round, the UB team members performed well and showed off their legal knowledge, even though the translation at times delayed their interactions with the judges.
In a first for UB, Lambert won Best English Oralist for the Victims.
The team was coached by Julianne M. Montes de Oca, J.D. ʽ13, and Hayley Tamburello, J.D. ʽ13.