The team from the Norman Manley Law School emerged victorious in the 10th Annual CCJ International Law Moot Competition today. The team compising of Mr. Samuel Bailey, Mr. Jovan Bowes and Mr. Luke Cook, bested a field of outstanding students from 7 other law faculties and law schools. The team was advised by Ms. Tara Carnegie.
The University of the West Indies (Mona) also won the prize for the ‘Best Academic Institution’.
The Law Moot was heard by three judges: the Honourable Mr. Justice Jacob Wit and the Honourable Mr. Justice David Hayton of the Caribbean Court of Justice and guest judge Dr. Heidi Jiménez, the Legal Counsel of the Pan American Health Organization /World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). PAHO, an organization whose mandate is to improve and protect people’s health, sponsored the Moot. Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus of the Pan American Health Organization, led the delegation from PAHO who participated in the proceedings.
The annual competition serves a dual purpose – to familiarize law students with the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the workings of the CCJ’s Original Jurisdiction, as well as to provide young jurists with an opportunity to hone their talents and to familiarize them with courtroom settings.
This year’s mooters debated a hypothetical situation where a CARICOM state imposed a tax on imported sugar-sweetened beverages and a ban on advertisement of such beverages on TV and radio.
The President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Right Honourable Sir Dennis Byron, who is in his final year in office, stated, “the CCJ is currently poised to contribute to positive change in the social order of our Caribbean societies by delivering justice which is accessible, efficient and reflective of our values and mores”. He also spoke about the difference the use of technology has made in the operations of the CCJ.