Established in 1992, the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition (African Moot Competition) turns 30 years this year. The competition is organised each year by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with a faculty of law in a host country on the continent.

In its 30 years of existence, the African Moot Competition is the most important vehicle for human rights education in Africa. It is the largest annual gathering of students and lecturers of law in Africa, and one of the premier events on the African human rights calendar. There is arguably no educational event at the university level in Africa that has a wider reach and a broader scope than the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

The Competition prepares new generations of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The UNESCO Prize (2006) and African Commission NGO Prize (2012) recognised the unique contribution of the African Moot Court Competition in advancing human rights education in Africa.

As part of the activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the African Moot Competition, the Centre intends to commission a study on the relevance of the African Moot Competition in fostering and impact on human rights education across the continent, leading to an academic article based on the study.

Scope and nature of the assignment 

The study will cover the period of 30 years since the inception of the African Moot Competition, with a view to documenting key milestones and specific areas of impact. The specific areas of impact for consideration in the study as well as the methodology will be agreed upon jointly between the consultant and the Centre during the inception phase of the consultancy.

The required output is an article, based on the study.  The final article will be between 15,000 and 20,000 words and comply with academic writing conventions and rigour, including sufficient referencing.  

The Centre reserves the right to rework the article and to submit it for publication in an academic journal as an article co-published by the Consultant and one or more Centre staff members.

Eligibility and deliverables

The ideal candidate will be a human rights activist/academic with a legal background, and good knowledge of the African Moot Competition.
Prior participation in the African Moot Competition will be a strong advantage.
The main deliverable of the assignment is an article on the impact of the African Moot Competition over the period of its existence. 

Support from the Centre for Human Rights 

The Centre will provide the Consultant with access to information, including data, background material, and relevant contacts needed for the assignment.

Contracting and timeframes

The Consultant will be paid a total fee of R 20,000. 
The full contractual amount will be paid upon satisfactory delivery of the final draft of the article referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2.

The Centre will pay the Rand equivalent of the contractual amount based on applicable exchange rates as at the date of the transfer. Payment will be subject to the applicable tax regulations in SA and the country of the consultant.  

The article must be finalised and ready for publication by 30 June 2021. Upon signature by the CHR and the Consultant, this TOR will constitute a contract between the Consultant and CHR, effective as from the date of signature by both parties.

Application details

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest, containing a detailed CV; a short motivation; a brief indication of the proposed methodology and approach to be adopted; and a short sample of published writing (if any) to:

Yusuf Sayaad at yusuf.sayaad@up.ac.za by 25 April 2021.

The Centre reserves the right to not proceed with the consultancy in the event of a change of circumstances.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Yusuf Sayaad
Project Coordinator: African Human Rights Moot Court


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