Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law Qualifies To Compete In Moot Court Competition
Three students of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law last Saturday, 8th April, travelled to South Africa in order to participate in the continental rounds of a moot court competition under the auspices of the European Law Students Association (ELSA).The students are Joseph K. Fayia, Jlayteh Sayor, and Stephen B. Lavala, who have all been training and learning under the tutelage of Liberian professors. The students will return to Liberia on Saturday, 15th April. The Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law is one of 21 African law schools pre-qualified for participation in this year’s moot court competition.
Speaking to our reporter just before their departure, a member of the team, Joseph Fayia, commended the trainers, the university administration and especially the law faculty for the support and confidence reposed in the three students. He expressed optimism that Liberia will perform exceptionally well. “It feels good to have been vetted and selected for such an auspicious academic program, and it is indeed an exceptional privilege. We feel very much challenged to make a respectable and dignified representation of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and the University of Liberia at large,” Student Fayia asserted. “We are going to showcase the quality of learning we have acquired here. We are going to make a positive impression, and our target is to compete beyond the continental stage and stand out among the top ten participants at the grand finale which comes up in September this year.”
The competition is held annually and brings together law schools from around the world to make presentations on recurrent and topical subject areas in the discipline of law. This is the first time in 20 years when Liberian students will be participating in this competition. The last time Liberian students ever participated in this competition was 1997.
This year’s competition is focused on the World Trade Organization and its various treaties, resolutions and case laws which are collectively known as WTO jurisprudence. The World Trade Organization came into existence in 1995, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The WTO regulates world trade through various mechanisms that ensure the settlement of trade disputes and smooth exchange of goods, personnel and services across the world. Under WTO jurisprudence, the law is not settled. The law keeps evolving through the adoption of new treaties and resolutions.
Participants in the moot court competition will face a panel of judges who are among the best known scholars and experts in trade law, commerce and economics. It is an international academic forum bringing together some of the brightest legal minds, and as participants “You want to be prepared and careful not to make any misrepresentation.”
The Liberian team however seems to be adequately prepared, given the quality of coaching they have received from Judge Eva Mappy-Morgan and Cllr. Findley Karngar. A member of the team confidently asserted, “We are sufficiently prepared. Even though we have had some challenges, we remain grateful to the University authorities and our coaches for the investment made and the quality of time they put into coaching us. We are certain of putting up an impressive performance in South Africa.”
…to be continued.