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Justice Defenders' students are shortlisted in the Nelson Mandela Moot Court Competition

10.5.2021

Justice Defenders' students are shortlisted in the Nelson Mandela Moot Court Competition

Justice Defenders' students studying law with the University of London progress to the next round of an international human rights competition.

The annual Nelson Mandela Moot Court Competition brings together students from around the world at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. There they argue a hypothetical human rights case. This year’s competition will be conducted virtually.

Justice Defenders’ students were tasked with developing defence papers for the hypothetical case. Having successfully progressed to the next round, they will compete against teams from across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Legal education tutor Pascal Kakuru says: “As the legal education team at Justice Defenders we are very happy to qualify to present oral preliminaries in the mock case.

“The competition will support the students' ongoing learning about the practical implementation of the law. They will have to understand the facts of the case, the law, and its application to ensure procedural requirements are met, in order to be successful.”

In July, the team will defend the complainants Papa Tommy Tomato along with 43 others. Seeking legal redress on a political matter from the fictional country Republic of Rhakatah.

If successful, they will be one of the eight teams to go through to the quarter finals. Four teams will then be chosen to qualify for the semi-final. Judges from international courts and tribunals will decide upon the final winning team.

A poster of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court competition.


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