Gujarat National Law University in India wins the International Environmental Moot Court Competition at Stetson

The winning team, from Gujarat National Law University in India.

Stetson Professor Royal Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, with the winning team from Gujarat National Law University in India.

A team of students from the Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar, India, won the International Environmental Moot Court Competition, now in its 21st year, on April 1 at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

For more than 20 years, students from around the world have competed in Stetson’s IEMCC for a chance to prove themselves as the best environmental advocates on the planet. The issue students addressed at this year’s competition involved climate geoengineering and its impact on oceans.

The runner-up was a team from the University of the Philippines College of Law, a law school which has advanced to the championship round of the IEMCC competition for three consecutive years.

The top teams from regional competitions in Africa, East Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Ireland, India, Latin America, North America and Southeast Asia were invited to the IEMCC international finals at Stetson. Seventeen teams from eight different countries presented oral arguments to an expert panel of judges.

Students from the Cagayan State University College of Law in the Philippines won the Spirit of Stetson Award. The team from Pepperdine University School of Law won Best Memorial, with Symbiosis Law School in Noida, India, winning the second-best memorial.

Manya Oberoi of Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar, India, was named Best Oralist in the Final Round. Ma. Patricia S. Valena from the University of the Philippines College of Law won the Best Oralist Award in the Preliminary Rounds.

Final round judges were Dr. Wil Burns, emeritus editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and founding co-executive director of  American University’s Forum for Climate Geoengineering Assessment; Nancy Daves, senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation who serves on the boards of the Stetson University School of Arts and Sciences and Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience; and Judge Anthony Lucky, member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea since 2003 who serves as president of the Fisheries Disputes Chamber.