West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast Environmental Law

October 05, 2012 06:00 ET

York University 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 Osgoode Hall Law School at York University -Ryan Heighton and Jon Ungaro - 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 Ryan and Jon argue about whether or not Canadians have a right to a healthy atmosphere on November 20th."

Ryan (@TheRyborg) and Jon (@canadajon) 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: great way to bridge int'l law/tech gap. With advances in technology, law must adapt. Public interest discussions are vital.

2012 #twtmoot problem joins medium and message; just as Twitter defies borders, environment can't be boxed into legal jurisdictions.

Other teams in this year's Twitter Moot include law students from Thompson Rivers University, the University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa, and Dalhousie University (Schulich Law). 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

    Ryan Heighton
    Twitter Moot Competitor
    416-910-9949

    Jon Ungaro
    Twitter Moot Competitor
    647-876-7508