Students Across Canada Set to Participate in Inaugural Michel Bastarache Moot Court Competition

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Students from the University of Ottawa’s Programme de common law en français (PCLF) will be joined here in Ottawa by law students across Canada for the upcoming Michel Bastarache Moot Court Competition taking place March 22-24.

The Michel Bastarache Moot Court Competition is an annual French Law Moot Court Competition named in honour of one of Canada's leading jurists and language rights advocates, Michel Bastarache, former Supreme Court Justice, and is funded by Destination 2020.

This mock trial brings together students from the French Common Law Certification (CCLF) program, from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, the Programme de common law en français (PCLF) and the Canadian Law Program (CCP) from the University of Ottawa, the Faculty of Law of the University of Moncton, the Faculty of Law of the University of Alberta, and the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba and offers them the opportunity to acquire superior skills in oral argument in French, while enhancing their training in language rights. The CCLF program in particular is aimed at training bilingual scholars in French to ensure jurists can provide legal services in French at the national level.

“We are very proud of this initiative resulting from the creation of the French Common Law Certification (CCLF),” said Yves Le Bouthillier, Vice-Dean, Programme de common law en français. “The first edition of the contest focuses on language rights, a subject that is, of course, very important for all Francophone communities. We are convinced that this experience will have a positive impact on students enrolled in the CCLF and on those who take common law courses in French in other Canadian law schools.”

The competition provides a platform for students to discuss current issues surrounding language rights. It strives to contribute to the advancement of legal knowledge of language rights, to encourage the common law students taking courses at the national level to train in French, to enable them to acquire the knowledge and fundamental techniques of advocacy, and to value the art of pleading in French.

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