Celebrating 30 years milestone in Stellenbosch, African Moot was renamed to honour the legacy of Christof Heyns
The Moot Court Competition will in future be known as the ‘Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition’. Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, who presided over the renaming, explained that the renaming was in
“memory and recognition of Christof’s role the as the Moot’s founding father and sustaining driving force over many decades”.
Professor Heyns, internationally renowned human rights lawyer, a legal educator and founding father of the African Moot Court Competition passed away in March this year while hiking in the mountains just outside Stellenbosch
The combined team of the law schools of the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire, and Kenyatta University, Kenya, appearing as the applicants, emerged as the winners of the 30th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, held on 24 September 2021 at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law. The runner-up is the combined team of Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, and Stellenbosch University.
This year’s African Human Rights Moot Court Competition was hosted by the Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law. The event coincided with the 100-year celebration of the Faculty of Law, and 35 years since the founding of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. The Centre annually co-organises the Moot together with a faculty of law at an African university. Over its 30-year history, the African Moot Court Competition has taken place in 19 different African countries, with 175 universities participating. One university – Université Assane Seck, Zuiganchor, Senegal, participated for the first time in 2021
The Competition was held in English, French and Portuguese.
Commemorating 30 years of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition
This video invites you to take a journey down memory lane, as we look back at the 30 years of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
We look at the early years of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, how it began and how it developed over the years to become one of the most consistent moot court competitions on the African continent, and the world. 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 year 2021 marks 30 years of the competition’s existence. Join us as we look back at the previous years and the impact that the African Moot has had on the lives of human rights law students across the continent.
Mooters and Lovers of the African Moot!
The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition turns 30 this year! As part of the commemoration activities, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria is conducting a study to evaluate the impact of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition on human rights education across Africa.
What do you think is the impact of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition? If you have participated in the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition before - be it as a Mooter, a Judge, a Faculty Representative or a Host Institution, please follow the link below and share your thoughts with us by completing the questionnaire applicable to you. Together we can help the Centre for Human Rights write a well-substantiated article on the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
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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, 175 universities from 50 African countries have taken part in this permanent fixture on the Africa legal education calendar. In 2021, the Moot Competition was hosted by Stellenbosch University in South Africa from 20 - 25 September 2021. A hybrid format was been adopted to mitigate the risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Hypothetical case tackled issues relating to Gender-Based Violence, gender identity, sexual minority and children rights. AfricanMoot2021