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The Julius Alexander Isaac Moot

Preliminary Rounds: Thursday, February 1-2, 2024 (Ontario Court of Justice)

Final Round: Saturday, February 3, 2024 (Ontario Court of Appeal)

Final Moot Problem has been revised as of November 17, 2023

History

The Julius Alexander Isaac Moot ("The Isaac") is a competitive, for-credit moot historically held at the Ontario Court of Appeal. It is named after the late Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Julius Alexander Isaac, who was the first Black judge to sit on the Federal Court of Canada. Every year since 2008, the Moot has focused on an area of law in which issues of equity and diversity arise.

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REAL JUDGES

 

The final round of the Moot features a panel of sitting judges. In the past, the final round has been judged by justices from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

 

The first-place winner is invited to compete at the National Convention of the American National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition (TMMCC). The competitors in the TMMCC come from all across the US, and must win regional competitions before moving on to the main event

BEAUTIFUL VENUE

 

The Isaac Moot is typically held at the Ontario Court of Appeal, which is located in historic Osgoode Hall in the heart of downtown Toronto. In addition to hosting ONCA, Osgoode Hall has a storied history in Canada's legal community since it was built in the late 1800's, and is Canadian National Historic Monument.

GREAT NETWORKING

 

The Moot provides an excellent opportunity for networking with peers at other law schools, with practicing lawyers, and even judges. Further, it is an opportunity to show off your skills in front of lawyers from some of the best law firms in Canada.

Important Dates

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Online Registration Opens

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Moot Question Released


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Deadline for Online Registration


Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Official Moot Package sent to Participants


Thursday, November 30, 2023

Deadline for Receipt of Clarification Questions on Moot Program and Rules

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Answers to Clarification Questions Released

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - 3:00pm EST

Deadline for Submission of an Electronic (PDF) Respondent and Appellant Facta (see submission link below)

Tuesday January 16, 2024

Electronic Copies of each team facta sent to the Opposing Team’s designated person

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - Saturday, February 3, 2024

Moot Completion

 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Award Ceremony & Reception

Important Dates

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2022 Winners

Past Participants

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Award Ceremony

Moot Competition

A Warm Thank You To Our Sponsors

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Inquiries? • Besoin de renseignements? 

Inquiries? • Besoin de renseignements? 

Please contact Emily-Rose Njonde, National Moot Director, at moot@blsacanada.com with any questions.

 

Veuillez contacter Emily-Rose Njonde, Directrice du Concours Nationale de Plaidoirie à moot@blsacanada.com.

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