Gillian Shaw of PostMedia covered the Twitter Moot in the Montreal’s The Gazette, Saskatoon’s The StarPhoenix, Regina’s Leader Post, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, The Windsor Star, The Province, and Canada.com,
The Twitter Moot is being organized and hosted by West Coast Environmental Law and it’s bringing together — virtually — law students from UBC, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Victoria, and York’s Osgoode Hall in a competition that will see them present arguments via Twitter in a simulated appeal of an actual court case, last May’s B.C. Court of Appeal decision in West Moberly First Nations vs. British Columbia (Chief Inspector of Mines).
Teams of two from each school have been assigned to represent various parties in the appeal, including the government of B.C. and First Coal Corp., West Moberly First Nations and interveners, and will each have 10 minutes to make their arguments through Twitter.
The team representing the province of British Columbia will go first in what has been dubbed the Supreme Twitter Court of Canada, laying out its reasons why the appeal should be allowed. The team will be asked questions by a panel of three judges that includes University of Calgary law professor Kathleen Mahoney, lawyer and blogger Omar Ha-Redeye and lawyer turned mystery author William Deverell.