UCT reaches fi­nal round of Moot court com­pe­ti­tion

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THE UNI­VER­SITY of Cape Town has made it through to the fi­nal round of this year’s 18th African Hu­man Rights Moot Court Com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held at the Uni­ver­sity of La­gos in Nige­ria.

The South African team will com­pete against an English-speak­ing team from the Uni­ver­sity of Ghana. The French teams, which will bat­tle it out in the fi­nal, are Univer­sité de Gas­ton Berger of Sene­gal and Univer­sité de Dschang of Chad. The Por­tuguese teams are Univer­si­dade Zam­beze and Univer­si­dade Ed­uardo Mond­lane, both of Mozam­bique.

A uni­ver­sity from each lan­guage group will walk away as the win­ner at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion. The win­ners will be an­nounced tonight at a gala event at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel in La­gos.

Sev­eral top le­gal ex­perts from across the con­ti­nent will judge the con­test, in­clud­ing Jus­tice Muham­madu Lawal Uwais, for­mer chief jus­tice of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria, Dr David Padilla, for­mer as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the In­ter-Amer­i­can Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion and Reine Alapim Gan­son, spe­cial rap­por­teur of the African Com­mis­sion on Hu­man and Peo­ples’ Rights on the Pro­tec­tion of Hu­man Rights in Africa.

More than 70 uni­ver­si­ties from 27 coun­tries across Africa com­peted this week for this pres­ti­gious award. The theme this year was ar­gu­ing for the rights of mi­nor­ity groups as en­shrined in the African Char­ter.

The event is pre­sented ev­ery year by the Uni­ver­sity of Pre­to­ria’s Cen­tre for Hu­man Rights with an African host – this year the Uni­ver­sity of La­gos.

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