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Yale Law School Teams Advance to Finals in World Human Rights Moot Court and Copenhagen Competition

After being declared regional champions of the North America, Australia, and Western Europe Regions, the Yale Law School Moot Court Team for the World Human Rights Moot Court that took place Dec. 8-9 in Pretoria, South Africa, was selected as one of the top two teams in the competition to participate in the final round. The team of Nila Bala ’12 and James Dee ’13 (above) faced last year’s defending champions, the Norman Manley Law School of Jamaica, and was awarded second place. The round was presented before a panel of judges that included Justice Zak Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Bala was also awarded best oralist in the competition, and Dee was awarded second best oralist. Both give credit to their faculty sponsor, Professor Jim Silk, who they said was instrumental in helping them prepare.

Also enjoying competitive success was a team from Yale Law School that advanced to the final round of the 2011 Copenhagen Competition, an international negotiation competition for law students. Successful in the earlier written round, the Yale Law School team of (L-R above) Will Moon ’12, Yannick Morgan ’12, Simi Bhat ’12, and Brian Bombassaro ’12 competed in final oral negotiations Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 against National University of Singapore, University of Copenhagen, and University of Cape Town. Cape Town emerged the final winner. The theme of this year’s competition was “Access to Food.”