Welcome to Twitter Moot 2014 (#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
“Basically it’s a make-believe court for lawyers and law students. … We’re taking the moot out of the court room and onto Twitter to start a national conversation about how the law protects our atmosphere, 140 characters at a time.” – The Story of #Twtmoot.
On Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 10am PST (1pm EST), students from law schools across Canada will argue an appeal over Twitter about the duty of Canada's governments to consult First Nations on mines development.
The appeal, to be heard before three judges of the Supreme Twitter Court of Canada, will be based on Ross River Dena v. Yukon, a precedent-setting decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal which in December 2012 held that the Yukon’s mining laws did not provide for adequate consultation with the Ross River Dena Council. Similar (although not identical) laws are in place in many of Canada’s provinces, meaning that the Twitter Moot will explore broad issues about the role of mining and Indigenous groups in Canadian law.
Find out more about the Twitter Moot:
- Auditions are currently open for Twitter Moot 2014 (until December 6th!). Law students from law schools across Canada can apply to compete.
- Click here for information about Ross River Dena v. Yukon and why the case has national significance.
- #Twtmoot buzz - Here’s what the media and people on Twitter said about earlier Twitter Moots.
- Click here for information about how the audience can watch, and participate in, the Twitter Moot.
- For more information about Past Twitter Moots, click here.
Check back for information on teams, judges and other information closer to the Twitter Moot.
To support the Twitter Moot, please make a donation.