Canadian Twitter Moot Court #TWTMOOT

December 15th, 2011

From our friends up north!

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012, at 10am PST (1pm EST), West Coast Environmental Law (West Coast) will be hosting the world’s first ever Moot Court held on the popular social media platform, Twitter.  Three judges and teams from five law schools across Canada will make social media and legal history, participating in a mock appeal of a recent precedent-setting environmental case, with the teams and judges all participating via Twitter.

Twitter, of course, is one of the most popular social media sites in the world, with approximately 300 million users world-wide.  Since messages posed are generally 140 characters or less, it might not seem like an obvious venue for a moot – a simulated courtroom fight.  But this event, which will focus on a recent environmental case, will bring environmental law issues, West Coast Environmental Law, and the students who participate to the attention of a world-wide audience.

I love this. Forcing lawyers to make rapid-fire arguments in 140-characters or less is brilliant!

I dropped Omar Ha-Redeye (whom I previously emailed about a Canadian Supreme Court Fantasy League) a note. Pretty cool.