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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 argued an appeal over Twitter about the duty of Canada's governments to consult First Nations on mines development. 

Twitter Moot 2014 was won by Erin Gray and Mae Price from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. The team also won the People's Choice Award, chosen by observers of the Twitter Moot. The winning team represented the Ross River Dena Council in the Moot. The other parties represented in the Moot were the Province of BC, the Government of the Yukon, MiningWatch Canada, and Yukon Chamber of Mines. For more information, click here for the announcement.

The appeal, heard before three judges of the Supreme Twitter Court of Canada, was 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.

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In addition to being live to the world on Twitter, Facebook and the web, Twitter Moot will be featured at North America's foremost environmental law conference: The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon.