Law School Writer | February 21, 2017
Four Notre Dame Law School students from the LL.M. program in International Human Rights Law recently won the Americas regional round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.
The team of Martins Birgelis (Latvia), Rachana Chhin (United States), Ruth Cormican (Ireland), and Jodi-Ann Quarrie (Jamaica) competed at Cardozo School of Law against several teams from across the Western Hemisphere on Jan. 25-29. They will move on to the final international round in April at Oxford University.
Quarrie was named as runner-up to the best speaker for the competition.
The team was coached by Paolo Carozza, professor of law, concurrent professor of political science and director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
“This is an outstanding result for our team, and the best we have had in such a significant international competition,” Carozza said. “The team worked very hard in preparation for the competition, and I know they will represent Notre Dame well at Oxford.”
The competitors argued a case concerning the applicability of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19, which protects the universal freedom of expression. In the case, the government of a fictitious country prosecutes a journalist and blogger for the publication of a politically sensitive column, a violation of the Stability and Integrity Act of 2014. The case further involves the government’s subsequent order to a social media internet provider to remove specific content from their site.