The 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held from 1 to 6 September 2014 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

pdfDownload the 2014 programme

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

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

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, 1027 teams from 139 universities, representing 49 African countries, have over the last 22 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 operational since 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 2013, the Moot Court Competition was held at the University of the Western Cape, 54 Universities attended.

The 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held at the University of Nairobi, Kenya1 to 6 September 2014. All law faculties in Africa are invited to attend. 

The organisers look forward to welcoming all the teams in Kenya. See you then!


Moot 2014: Conference

Realising the right to development in Africa: From formidable challenges to innovative solutions

Date:     4 September 2014
Venue:  United Nations International Conference Centre,
               Nairobi, Kenya

Call for Papers

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As part of the 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the School of law (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria, South Africa) are pleased to announce a one-day conference on the right to development in Africa and invite proposals for papers.

Background and aim of the conference

The University of Nairobi School of Law, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is hosting the 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Nairobi from 1 to 6 September 2014. Over the past 22 years, 139 universities representing 49 African countries have participated in this event, making it the largest and most far-reaching human rights educational initiative in Africa.

The one-week Moot Competition includes a one-day international human rights conference, this year on the theme ‘The Right to Development in Africa: from Formidable Challenges to Innovative Solutions’.

The one-day conference will provide a forum for academics from the participating universities, as well as local and international scholars and practitioners to examine some of the challenges and opportunities to realising the right to development in Africa, including from a comparative perspective.

Themes of the Conference

Presentations at the conference may deal with any of the following general themes:

  • Democracy and Transparent Governance
  • Equality Rights
  • Freedom of Expression, Information and Assembly
  • Social Policy and Human Development
  • Sustainable Land Use and Environmental Development

Process: Potential Presenters

  • Those interested in presenting a paper must submit an abstract containing their name, the proposed title and a brief summary of the argument / contribution of the paper (500 words maximum).
  • Abstracts should be sent to evelyneasaala@uonbi.ac.ke before 15 June 2014.
  • Authors of abstracts selected for presentation will be informed by 30 June 2014.
  • A full paper (5,000 to 10,000 words) must be submitted before 1 August 2014 to be translated for the conference file.
  • Papers will be published in advance as drafts on the website of the Moot Court Competition.
  • Inclusion in the conference programme is conditional on the submission of the actual paper.
  • Presenters may be required to rework their papers after the conference, and resubmit final versions for inclusion in a publication.


As no additional funding is available for the Moot Conference, this call for papers is intended primarily for Faculty Representatives (academics) who will, in any event, be attending the Moot Competition in Nairobi with funding from their home universities. Other potential presenters are welcome to submit abstracts, but will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements in order to attend the conference.


  • For further information, please contact Evelyne Asaala at evelyneasaala@uonbi.ac.ke
  • For information on the University of Nairobi Law School, please visit http://law-school.uonbi.ac.ke
  • For information on the Centre for Human Rights, please visit www.chr.up.ac.za


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