Rene Gayle is the daughter of KCOB Richard Gayle (Class of 1973)
THE Norman Manley Law School excelled again in an international law moot court competition.
The team of four students from the school travelled to Germany recently to take part in the Frankfurt International Investment Arbitration Competition, where the school finished in the top four.
After three days of gruelling competition, the Norman Manley team, comprising Rene Gayle, Allia Leith, Celia Middleton and Jermaine Case, emerged among the top four teams in the world, having reached the semi-finals of the competition.
In the first round of the competition, the Norman Manley Law School was up against the University of Warwick (England), a national law university from Indonesia, and the University of Glasgow. On the basis of their performance in this round, the team of Caribbean students entered the Round of 16, a knockout phase, and the Norman Manley team defeated the University of Mainz (Germany), thus moving into the quarter-finals.
Norman Manley prevailed against the Sciences Po University (Institute d'Etude Politique, University of Paris), progressing to the semi-finals, as one of the top four teams. At that stage, the team lost to the University of Miami Law School, the eventual champions, in a close contest. The other teams in the semi-finals were the Graduate Institute of International Affairs, Geneva, and the University of Luxembourg.
At the end of the competition, the Norman Manley Law School was ranked the top non-OECD school. In addition, Rene Gayle, a Year II student at the school, received the award of Best Advocate in the competition.
Gayle has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship to pursue studies in international dispute settlement and arbitration at the Queen Mary College, London University, on the basis of her outstanding performance.
Norman Manley Law School principal, Professor Stephen Vasciannie emphasised that the success was not accidental.
"This team has put in the hard work necessary for success. The members have worked systematically, and have built on their strong natural endowments and eloquence.
"I am delighted that they have made the top four in the world on their first outing in this competition. Rene Gayle's triumph is exciting and very well deserved," Prof. Vasciannie said.
Another student at the Law School, Duwayne Lawrence, also played a significant role in the success of the team, although he was unable to go to Germany.
The team was accompanied by Eulalie Greenaway, a Tutor at the Law School.
Earlier in the academic year, a team of three other students from the Norman Manley Law School - Merrick Watson, Lori-Ann Green and Gabrielle Elliot-Williams - won the World Human Rights Mooting Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.
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