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UF Team Wins in International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Published: November 26th, 2001

Category: News

Students from last summer’s University of Florida/University of Costa Rica Joint Program in Environmental Law won two of three preliminary rounds of the Stetson University International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition earlier this month. Nicole Kibert (center, with other students in the 2001 Summer Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica) and Suzanne Hollifield (from the Costa Rica Program team) competed against 23 teams — including those from India, Mexico and Canada. “It was a great experience,” said Hollifield. “We had the opportunity to delve more deeply into issues we were exposed to in Costa Rica as well as gain valuable advocacy experience.” The competition involved a case before the International Court of Justice concerning scientific harvesting of whales. “International appellate advocacy is a different animal from domestic appellate advocacy in some ways,” added Kibert, “I was able to use my graduate degree in ecology to lend scientific credence to our arguments.” “Hopefully, we can contribute annually to this competition,” said UF Costa Rica Program Director Tom Ankersen, who teaches international environmental law in the summer program. “In the future, we would like to draw from the pool of Latin American law fellows and Costa Rican law students who participate in the program to create cross-cultural teams.”

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