Ontario students win first ever Twitter moot

UVic pair also involved in mock court case argued over Twitter

A pair of law students from York University’s Osgoode Hall have emerged victorious from the world’s first-ever Twitter moot.

The team of Nicole Petersen and Emelia Baack beat out four other teams from across Canada, including the University of Victoria duo of Jenn Cameron and Matthew Nefstead, to win the event, a legal appeal argued entirely over Twitter.

“The Twitter Moot organizers and the judges would like to congratulate Emelia and Nicole on their win,” West Coast Environmental Law staff lawyer and Twitter moot administrator Andrew Gage said in a press release. “All of the teams did an incredible job and did their universities proud.”

The one-of-a-kind event saw the five teams assume the role of various parties involved in an actual court case, West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia. Petersen and Baack represented the band.

In addition to being the first to win such a competition, the pair will split a $500 prize.

“Tx to #UVic #UBC #Dalhousie #uOttawa teams for a great moot today. Strong competition from a talented bunch of people,” Petersen tweeted in reaction to the victory.

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