LACAH V: Winter 2023
This trial’s case took a look at “The Mignonette", the case of a group of shipwreck survivors stranded 1600 miles away from shore when one of them (Richard Parker) fell unconscious under mysterious causes. Parker was then killed by two members of the group, before being eaten by the two and a third sailor that disagreed with the killing but did not intervene. Though Parker’s 2 killers were tried and convicted in court, LACAH V’s case put a unique twist on it to unlock a different side of this story — one that sits at the intersection between history, law, and ethics.
After a season of beginner-friendly regional/national tournaments, LACAH V, hosted on the 4th and 5th of March, was another remarkable success for LACAH. Over 120 contestants from five continents donned their slick suits and creative costumes to compete, with teams experienced from previous regionals/nationals transitioning to a higher level of competition. Unlike previous International LACAHs, LACAH V hosted not only high schoolers but graduate and postgraduate students as well, with a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. Through this tournament, participants experienced an original LACAH take on the historical legal case of the Mignonette, engaging moral questions on the guilt of bystanders.