UCT reaches final round of Moot court competition
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.