The University of San Carlos (USC) Law Mooting Team was the champion of the Southeast Asian Regional Rounds of the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (SEARR-Stetson IEMCC), besting 18 law schools from other ASEAN countries.
With the win, USC became the first university in Cebuto bag the top prize in the SEARR-Stetson IEMCC. The competition was held last January 14 – 16 at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
The USC Law team, composed of USC students Tess Marie Tan and Mark Lawrence Badayos, will be representing the Philippines in the finals of the Stetson moot court competition to be held in Gulfport, Florida this April 13 — 16.
25-year-old Tan won Overall Best Oralist, while 22-year-old Badayos won fourth Best Oralist. The team also won Overall Best Memorial.
“Preparation started with seeing the end in mind. Being the first team USC-Law has ever sent to Stetson, Mark and I always knew we would make history. We funneled all our effort into ensuring it was a good one,” said Tan. USC was the top team during the entire competition, with a win-loss record of 7—0.
The Stetson IEMCC, whose focus this year is the cultural property and the protection of elephants especially with the growing illegal ivory industry, is the world’s largest moot court competition devoted exclusively to global environmental issues.
University of the Philippines—Diliman, the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, also regional qualifiers, will be joining USC Law in the Stetson finals in Florida.