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Norman Manley Law School scores big

By HG HELPS Editor-at-Large

Monday, March 08, 2010    

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A member of a Norman Manley Law School delegation scored the highest individual mark an International Law Moot Court competition held in India last month, although the school mised out on the overall team prize.

Law student Zuleika Jess topped the field of representatives from 28 countries, as the Norman Manley Law School reached the last eight of the prestigious competition.

"I have been told that Zuleika Jess, one of our team members, scored the highest mark in the history of the competition, and the other team members flourished with their respective duties. We are proud of them," Principal of the Norman Manley Law School, Professor Stephen Vasciannie told the Observer.

The Norman Manley Law School team was making its inaugural entry at the DM Harish International Law Moot Court competition in financial city of Mumbai. Fellow law students Rhonda Brown and Lori-Ann Green, were part of the team that took Jamaica into the quarter-finals.

The team was accompanied by Fara Brown, a tutor at the Norman Manley Law School's Legal Aid Clinic.

The DM Harish International Moot Court competition, hosted by th Government Law College of India in association with the DM Harish Foundation, has been in place for over 10 years.

Officials associated with the competition describe it as India's first ever International Moot Court competition, which attracts teams from inside India, a country of more than 1.2 billion inhabitants, as well as outside of the Asian nation.

Last month's competition attracted teams from distinguished law schools, among them King's College, London, St Edmund Hall, Cambridge, the Universities of Kent and Southampton, United Kingdom, as well as teams from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Mauritius.

"This was Norman Manley's entree into Mumbai, and I am very pleased that we were able to get within sight of the top prize," Vasciannie said.

"Our students were excellent ambassadors for the Caribbean, and demonstrated that we can match wits with the best in the world.

The DM Harish competition is designed to promote skills in the area of advocacy, knowledge of International Law and legal research skills.

This year's contest required contestants to demonstrate knowledge of the law concerning embargoes and economic sanctions, the use of force, humanitarian intervention, and attribution of responsibility for wrongful acts, among other issues.

Students prepare a substantial memorial concerning the law, argue cases as they would before an appellate tribunal, and one student takes part in a written test. The three-day competition was held before sitting judges of the Mumbai High Court, senior advocates and law partners from throughout India.

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