West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast Environmental Law

October 05, 2012 06:00 ET

Ottawa Law Students to Compete in Canada-Wide Social Media Contest

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2012) - West Coast Environmental Law today announced the teams selected to participate in its "World's 2nd Twitter Moot" - a mock court case to be argued competitively over Twitter on November 20th. Two law students from the University of Ottawa - Adam Harris and Abhishek Joshi - are among the five teams selected.

"We were impressed by the calibre of the teams - from across the Country - who applied to take part in this unique event," said Andrew Gage, West Coast Environmental Law's Twitter Moot Administrator. "We look forward to seeing Adam and Abhishek argue about whether or not Canadians have a right to a healthy atmosphere on November 20th."

Adam (@adamharris09) and Abhishek (@Gradsen) were selected by the Twitter Moot judges from among those teams that applied on the basis of a series of tweets, including the following, which used the event hashtag, #twtmoot, to refer to the contest:

#twtmoot innovative ways to promote #envlaw and involve #lawstudents in contemporary debates! Advocacy enters the social media @WCELaw

#twtmoot mooting about the environment 140 characters at a time. Fostering debate, engendering change via #envlaw @WCELaw

Other teams in this year's Twitter Moot include law students from Thompson Rivers University, the University of Alberta, York University (Osgoode Hall Law School), and Dalhousie University (Schulich Law School). Judges for the Twitter Moot are noted internet lawyer, Michael Geist (@mgeist), UK Barrister and author, Polly Higgins (@pollyhiggins), and Ryerson Journalism Professor Lisa Taylor (@listen2lisa).

The World's First Ever Twitter Moot in February 2012- which was won by students from Osgoode Hall Law School - was a "trending topic" in Canada - meaning that it was more discussed on Twitter than any other topic in the country. "Mooting" - although not usually carried out over social media - is a popular law school competitive activity.

Contact Information

  • Andrew Gage
    Staff Lawyer
    250-412-9784
    www.wcel.org/twtmoot

    Adam Harris
    Twitter Moot Competitor
    613-407-8680

    Abhiskek Joshi
    Twitter Moot Competitor
    416-729-6896