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.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Online Registration Opens
Friday, November 5, 2021
Deadline for Online Registration
Monday, November 12, 2021
Official Moot Package sent to Participants
Monday, November 29, 2021
Deadline for Receipt of Clarification Questions on Moot Program and Rules
Friday, December 3, 2021
Answers to Clarification Questions Released
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Deadline for Submission of an Electronic (PDF) Respondent and Appellant Facta
Monday, January 10, 2022
Electronic Copies of each team facta sent to the Opposing Team’s designated person
Friday, February 4, 2022 - Saturday, February 5, 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Award Ceremony & Reception in the evening
On behalf of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, we wish you all the luck in your preparation. We look forward to being together once again for the 15th Anniversary of the Julius Alexander Isaac Moot.
Good Luck and Stay Safe,
National Moot Director, 2021-2022
BLSA Canada | AEND Canada
Official Moot Problem
Due to the anticipated size of the event, BLSA Canada has decided to hold the 2022 Julius Alexander Isaac Moot virtually. This format will allow the Moot to be accessible to all interested participants and best accommodates our guest judges and the schools from across Canada.
More details will be given as they become available on the platform and scheduling.
Thank you for your continued patience.