Law Students Participate in Moot Court Competition

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Three students from the Louis Arthur Grimes School Law at the University of Liberia (UL) have left the country for South Africa to participate in the notable World Trade Organization International Moot Court Competition currently taking place on the campus of Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Joseph Fayia, Stephen Lavala and James Jleteh will represent the law school.  Counselor Finley Y. Karngar, an instructor, will serve as the students’ coach during the competition.

The students’ selection, according to a press release from the UL, followed a rigorous competitive process.  The competition includes written submissions and oral arguments. The Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law has since submitted its written submission for the competition.

“The Law School’s participation is beneficial both to the school and the students, especially given that Liberia recently entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other trade-related treaties which are aimed to promote economic development, democracy and peace,” the release said.

The competition is expected to bring more than 30 universities in Africa to participate in oral presentations on fundamental legal concepts of business and development law.

It is more than six years since the school participated in such an event which seeks to expose students and increase the status of the UL in the world.

Meanwhile, Daniel Gayedyu, a third year law student, will depart Liberia in early June to participate in a 2017 Summer Program organized by the Charleston School of Law in South Carolina, USA.

The six-week program will expose Student Gayedyu to the practical legal environment of the United States of America.

Like the WTO Law Moot Court participants, Gayedyu’s selection was based on his scholarship and experience. His participation is financed entirely by professors of Charleston Law School and practicing lawyers in Charleston that are affiliated with the Charleston School of Law.

According to Associate Professor Dean Warner, Gayedyu will undertake assignments and be evaluated at the end of the program.

“His learning and participation outside Liberia will contribute to his academic work at the Law School,” Dean Warner said.

He underscored the importance of these milestone international events that aim to test and sharpen the scholarly competence of Liberian students, while at the same time showcasing Liberia’s legal reform efforts.

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