The final rounds of the 29th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held in Dakar, Senegal, and hosted by the Université Virtuelle de Sénégal (UVS) and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) from 16 to 19 December 2020.
The 29th edition of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will take place from 3 to 8 August 2020, in Dakar, Senegal. See the address delivered on the occasion by the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Frans Viljoen. The Moot Competition will be held in Senegal and for the first time will be hosted by two Dakar-based universities.
Located at the westernmost point of the continent and served by multiple air and maritime travel routes, Senegal is known as the “Gateway to Africa.”
Senegal is endowed with a wide variety of plant and animal life. It is from this rich natural heritage that the country’s national symbols were chosen: the baobab tree and the lion.
Senegal has been among Africa’s most stable countries, with three major peaceful political transitions since independence in 1960
Preparation for the 2020 African Human Rights Moot Court Competition was launched formally when the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, and the Rectors of the Virtual University of Senegal and the University Cheikh Anta Diop, on 18 October 2019 signed the Memorandum of Agreement in Dakar, Senegal.
The competition was officially launched on 6 December 2019, when the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Tawana Kupe, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the three partner universities.
The Competition will be held in English, French and Portuguese.
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, 170 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 2019, the 28th edition of the Moot Court Competition was hosted at the University of Botswana. The event brought together 47 teams from 20 African countries.
In 2020, the Moot Competition will be co-hosted by Université Virtuelle de Sénégal and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar. The Hypothetical case will tackle issues relating to Artificial Intelligence, Data Protection and Cyber Security, social media regulation, freedom of speech and corruption.
“AFRICA: FROM HUMAN WRONGS TO HUMAN RIGHTS”