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York University students prepare to argue legal appeal over Twitter

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Toronto.  Nicole Petersen and Emelia Baack, two students at the University of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, gearing up to participate in the world’s first ever Twitter Moot, scheduled for 21st February at 1pm EST.  The Twitter Moot, a project of West Coast Environmental Law, is essentially a mock-court appeal argued over the popular social media platform, Twitter.

“The Twitter moot is another great way to use social media to connect with people who have a passion for the environment,” said Petersen, explaining why she chose to participate in this unique event.  “I see the Moot as a spark to get a discussion about environmental law issues in Canada.”

Petersen said that the response from her class mates and others to her participation in the Moot on Team Osgoode has been very positive. 

The appeal being argued, West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia, raises issues related to the survival of an endangered caribou herd threatened by coal mining and ongoing industrial development.  Petersen and Baack are representing the West Moberly First Nations in the appeal, and will be arguing that the West Moberly First Nation’s Treaty right to hunt should extend to protecting a particular herd of caribou from coal mining impacts.

The Osgoode Team is sponsored by Saxe Law Office.  Peteresen and Baack will be competing against teams from the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Ottawa and Dalhousie. 

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For more information contact:

Andrew Gage, Twitter Moot Administrator and Staff Lawyer, at 250-412-9784.
Nicole Petersen, Twitter Moot Participant, at 647 987 2923 or 604 929 2923.

For more information about the Twitter Moot see www.wcel.org/twtmoot.  For information about Team Osgoode see http://wcel.org/team-osgoode.  The hashtag for the Twitter Moot event is #twtmoot.

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