MetroGrowth Sponsors Moot Court Team

ATLANTA — The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth is pleased to sponsor a moot court team to compete in an international moot court competition. The First Annual Inter-American Sustainable Development Law moot court competition will be held March 17-20, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The competition is a collaborative effort of the Moot Court Board and Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University Law School, the Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas Law School (FGV Direito-Rio) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the law faculties of Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Although the competition focuses mainly on sustainable development, other areas of the law such as human rights law, energy law, and environmental law are interwoven.

This competition boasts many firsts:

  • The first time ever that Georgia State University’s College of Law has sent a moot court team to an international competition, making it very exciting for the College.
  • The first time that a moot court competition has been held in Latin America.
  • The first time that non-English speaking participants will be able to submit their briefs and make oral arguments in their native tongue because simultaneous translation services are being provided.  For this competition, participants have been selected from 22 universities throughout six different countries across the Western Hemisphere.  The participating teams speak three different languages – English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The College of Law’s selected team members include third-year law student Charlie Britt, vice president of the Moot Court Honor Society, part-time second-year law student Russell Britt, a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society, and third-year law student Andrew Hagenbush), an Urban Fellow and president of the Environmental Law Society. The team coach is third-year law student Stephanie Stewart), president of the Moot Court Honor Society. The team will be arguing Indigenous population Aricapus and Immigrants of the Republic of Mirokai v. Federal Republic of Tucanos.

Please help us in wishing Charlie Britt, Russell Britt and Andrew Hagenbush the best of luck in Rio de Janeiro.

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