UP LAW to host 2016 Stetson Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (SEARR)

The University of the Philippines Law Center, through its Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, invites law schools from all over Southeast Asia, to participate in the Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (“SEARR”) of the 20th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (“Stetson”). The SEARR will be held in UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines on January 14-16, 2016.

The International Finals of the Stetson, which will be held in Gulfport, Florida on April 13-16, 2016 is the most prestigious international environmental law moot court competition focusing on important global environmental challenges. Since 1996, law students from universities all over the globe have participated in the Stetson. Information on the Stetson may be accessed at the Stetson Law website (http://www.stetson.edu/law/international/iemcc/).

In order to qualify for the Stetson International Finals, participants must compete in regional competitions.  ASEAN countries Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, are required to participate in the SEARR before advancing to the International Finals. The SEARR is a great opportunity for law students to meet and compete with other universities in the Southeast Asian region. Law schools interested in participating in the SEARR may send an e-mail to the organizing committee at 3rdsearr@gmail.com.


Qualified Universities

Any university from an ASEAN member state may participate in the SEARR.  A university from an ASEAN member state cannot advance to the International Finals without participating in the SEARR.

Number of Teams

A university may register up to two (2) teams.  However, if a university will send two teams, one team must submit an Applicant memorial while the other team must submit a Respondent memorial.  A university sending only one team can choose either an Applicant or Respondent memorial.

Team Members

A team consists of two or three persons, each of whom satisfies the criteria listed below.  But as allowed by the IEMCC Rules, the SEARR is permitting up to five (5) team members. But if a team advances to the International Finals, the team will be restricted to no more than three team members.   Please refer to Rule C 1 of the IEMCC Rules for additional guidelines.

Team Member Criteria

No team member may hold a law degree.

Each team member must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time Juris Doctor or equivalent program in the law school they represent.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for registration is on November 13, 2015 5:00 p.m. (Manila time). Registration forms must be received by the SEARR organizers via e-mail on or before the deadline. There is no registration fee.

Memorial Numbers and Submission

The Record of the 2015 Stetson SEARR can be found here. Memorials submitted will indicate only the team number assigned to it by SEARR (not the school name).  Team numbers will be assigned upon submission of the registration form.

Memorials are due on November 20, 2015.  Additional information on submission of memorials will be provided upon registration. The Rules of the 2016 Stetson International Finals can be found here.

The registration form can be downloaded here: Stetson SEARR-Registration Form.