The Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot is a moot court competition open to all Canadian law schools. A partnership of Osgoode Hall Law School and Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, it is the first and only national moot court competition devoted to environmental law. Its goal is to promote awareness of the growing role of environmental issues in contemporary legal practice and public life, while enhancing law students’ written and oral advocacy skills. Unlike most moot courts, students must argue both sides of the case. It is held every other year at the Ontario Court of Appeal. The next moot court competition will be in 2017.
The competition takes the form of an appeal before a Canadian court of last resort, bringing together law students, judges, leading lawyers, and legal academics to explore cutting-edge environmental law issues. The moot is open to all Canadian law schools. Teams consist of two or three students enrolled in a JD program. Each team files a factum for one party. At the oral hearing, teams argue one side of the appeal in their first match and the other side in their second. The playoff and final matches are judged by senior appellate judges. Teams present their factums and oral argument in English.
Please visit the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot website for more details.