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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
For questions, you may contact:
National Moot Director, 2023-2024
BLSA Canada | AEND Canada
Friday, January 5, 2024
Deadline for Submission of an Electronic (PDF) Respondent and Appellant Facta
Monday, January 8, 2024
Electronic Copies of each team facta sent to the Opposing Team’s designated person
Thursday, February 1, 2024 - Saturday, February 3, 2024
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Award Ceremony & Reception
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