Makerere law students are ready to represent the university in Egypt at the Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
From July 25-30, Ms. Kevin Nakimbugwe and Mr. Sabiti Edwin will be in Cairo, Egypt courtesy of a sponsorship from The Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC).
“Makerere Law team led by Dr. Daniel Ruhweza, is set for All Africa Moot in Egypt. These are sponsored under @makpilac project,” PILAC tweeted
The birth of PILAC at the university happened in January 2012. This made it the first clinic established at a university in Uganda. It seeks to promote hands-on experiential learning in addition to exposing students to live cases.
The Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa.
This event, held every year, brings together all law faculties in Africa as well as the brightest students. When they meet, they 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.
The event has been around since 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.
The 30th edition of the Moot Court competition took place in South Africa at Stellenbosch University in 2021. The event which marked the 30th anniversary of the moot brought together for the first time a hybrid approach to mooting and cultural immersion.
This is through the new way of life during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In 2022, the Moot Court Competition will be hosted by the British University in Egypt. The Hypothetical case will tackle issues relating to internet intermediary liability in addition to climate change and human trafficking.
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