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Dec 3, 2014

Two Law School Students Taking Part in World Human Rights Moot Court

Yvonne Wanza Muthembwa and Rukiya Ibrahim

From 8th-10th December, 2 Law School students will take part in the 6th World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in honour of Nelson Mandela. This invitation follows their excellent performance in the memorial round of the competition which was a pre-qualifier round. 

 

The moot involves a written round of memorials through which the best 15 teams from the 5 UN regions (Africa, Western Europe & Others, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean) are selected to attend the final rounds in December. The teams argue a hypothetical case on issues of international human rights law in either English or French as if it will be adjudicated by a hypothetical International Human Rights Court, on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other applicable (such as regional) human rights instruments. A winner is announced for each United Nations world regions.

 

The Moot is organised by the Centre for Human Rights, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. The Centre for Human Right works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.[1] This year, the Centre is working in collaboration with the Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Southern Africa (ROSA) and OHCHR, Geneva. The competition will be hosted a Palais de Nations

 

The preparation process for the Moot has been one filled with hard work and dedication. In-house elimination rounds were conducted from which a team of two students; Ms. Rukiya Ibrahim and Ms. Yvonne Muthembwa were chosen to represent Africa. The team worked under the supervision of Mr. Harrison Otieno and Ms. Emma Wabuke to prepare two written memorials; for the applicant and the respondent. Upon submission, the team was successfully invited to attend the oral rounds to be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Currently, the team is training for the oral rounds under the supervision of Mr. John Ambani, Mr. Humphrey Sipalla, Mr. Harrison Otieno and Ms. Emma Wabuke.

 


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