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African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in the News

The 19th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held at the University of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou, Benin from 4-9 October 2010.

Students, academics and judges from all over Africa are invited to participate.

All law faculties in Africa are invited to send one faculty representative who works in the field of human rights (dean or another lecturer) who will serve as a judge in the preliminary rounds, and two undergraduate students (preferably one man and one woman) who will constitute the team that represents its university at the Moot Court.

Download the Moot Court information brochure

About the Competition

The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition has become the largest annual gathering on the continent of students and lecturers of law. Established in 1992, 915 teams from 127 universities, representing 47 African countries, have over the last 18 years participated in this premier event on the university and human rights calendar of the continent. 

The Competition aims to prepare a new generation of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the newly established African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which is likely to become operational in 2008. The programme is organised each year by the Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with a faculty of law in a host country on the continent.

In 2010, the Moot Court Competition will be hosted at the University of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou in Benin. Some 80 African universities are expected to send teams to participate. Prominent African and international jurists will serve as judges in the final round. Students and lecturers will also attend a one-day training workshop on human rights in Africa.

The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is unique in giving the youngest and the brightest future African lawyers the opportunity to critically examine the human rights situation on the continent, with a view to improving it through the use of the persuasive tactics of logical legal argument based on the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.




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