The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held, for the first time, in Botswana. This year the competition is co-organised by the University of Botswana and will be held from 1 to 6 July in Gaborone.

Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. Botswana has had one of the fastest growth rates in per capita income in the world and has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to an upper middle-income country.

Botswana is also known for its political stability, stable democracy and one of the best perceived corruption ranking in Africa.

About the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa. This annual event brings together all law faculties in Africa, whose top students argue a hypothetical human rights case as if they were before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The competition continuously prepares new generations of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the African Court.

Since its creation in 1992, 150 universities from 50 African countries have taken part in this permanent fixture on the Africa legal education calendar. The Moot has been a catalyst for the establishment of the leading programmes in the field of human rights teaching and research in Africa. In 2018, the 27th edition of the Moot Court Competition was hosted at the University of Ghana, Legon. The event brought together 51 teams from 20 African countries.

The 2019 hypothetical case will tackle issues relating to refugees, statelessness, children’s rights, sexual minority rights and freedom of expression.

The competition is held in English, French and Portuguese.

Visit www.chr.up.ac.za/moot for more information.



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