Congratulations to the McGill Moot team for winning first place in the 2011 Sarin Leiden International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held on 12-15 March 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The team consisted of the following Institute of Air & Space Law students: Auguste Hocking (Australia), Joseph Wheeler (Australia) and Mithun Pemmaiah (India); our Doctoral candidate, Paul FitzGerald (Canada), coached the team.
The McGill team also placed first in oral argument for both the Applicant's and Respondent's side of the competition.
The problem addressed issues of aviation safety in light of a volcanic eruption, emissions charges, traffic rights, cabotage, and foreign ownership and control. The court was chaired by a Judge Gilbert Guillaume of the International Court of Justice. Next year's Leiden competition will be in Istanbul, Turkey.