Welcome to the World's First Ever Twitter Moot (#Twtmoot)
“A moot is a legal debate in a courtroom setting ... [T]eams of counsel attempt to persuade a judge of the strength of their case by reference to legal authority.” – University of Aberdeen’s A Guide to Mooting
“Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. … At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can share a lot with a little space.” - Twitter website
On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 10am PST (1pm EST), West Coast Environmental Law (West Coast) hosted the world’s first ever Moot Court held on the popular social media platform Twitter. Three judges and teams from five law schools across Canada made social media and legal history, participating in a mock appeal of a recent precedent-setting environmental case, with the teams and judges all participating via Twitter.
And the winners were...
Moot Champions: Team Osgoode
People's Choice Award: Team UVic
West Coast congratulates Team Osgoode (Nicole Petersen and Emelia Baack - sponsored by Saxe Law) and Team UVic – (Matthew Nefstead and Jenn Cameron - Sponsored by Skunkworks Creative Group) for winning the Twitter Moot. And congrats to all the teams and the judges for making this a successful event!
Twitter, of course, is one of the most popular social media sites in the world, with approximately 300 million users world-wide. Since messages posed are generally 140 characters or less, it might not seem like an obvious venue for a moot – a simulated courtroom fight. But this event, which focused on a recent environmental case, brought environmental law issues, West Coast Environmental Law, and the students who participated to the attention of a world-wide audience.
Click below to learn more about the 1st ever Twitter Moot, including:
The Hashtag for this event (for those on Twitter) is #twtmoot. Please use it if you tweet about the moot.
Who's who in this Twitter Moot
Teams of two students from law schools from across Canada - Dalhousie, Ottawa, UBC, UVic, and York - competed against each other for Twitter Moot supremacy. For more information on the teams from each university please click here.
The Twitter Moot was presided over by a panel of three judges: William Deverell, Omar HaRedeye, and Kathleen Mahoney. For more information on the Twitter Moot judges, please click here.
West Coast is grateful to all teams, judges, and sponsors for participating in the first-ever Twitter Moot.
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