UP Law is champion of 28th Stetson

Fresh from its win as world champion of the 2024 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the UP College of Law (UP Law) once again triumphed as the champion of the 28th Stetson Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition (Stetson IEMCC).

According to the Stetson Law website, this year’s theme is Mountain Gorillas and Impact Assessment, with the UP Law among the 29 universities invited by Stetson Law to participate in the international finals this April.

UP Law Stetson Team poster. Image from the UP Law Facebook page

The UP Law Stetson Team composed of Noel Francis Galinato, Miriam Celine Miciano, and Alia Dominique Yao competed at the Stetson IEMCC from April 10 to 13 at the Stetson Law in Gulfport, Florida, USA. The team had Marianne Crielle Vitug as coach and Rommel J. Casis as faculty adviser. Vitug is a lecturer and Casis is an associate professor at the UP Law.

Meanwhile, Miciano was named the Overall Best Oralist at the competition’s preliminary rounds. For her part, Yao clinched two individual awards. She was the Best Oralist at the championship round and the Third Best Oralist at the preliminary rounds.

In the article UP Law Bags Championship at 2024 Stetson Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition published on the UP Law website, the UP Law Stetson Team had a “face-off with Singapore Management University on the issue of protection of a critically endangered mountain gorilla species threatened by oil extraction activities.”

According to an April 14 Facebook post of the UP Law, “The Stetson win marks the second time this year that UP Law clinched the world championship at a renowned international moot court competition, a remarkable feat that shines the spotlight on UP Law as the leading institution in moot court competitions worldwide.”

The post further stated, “The UP community rejoices and celebrates UP Law’s Stetson victory which seals the tradition of honor and excellence at the University.”