Legon retains African human rights moot court competition
Accra, 26 Aug, Ghanadot/GNA - For the second
time in succession, the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana,
has won the African Human rights Court Competition Title.
“Before a capacity crowd at the Main Auditorium of the
University of Lagos, Nigeria, the team partnered with
Universidade Eduardo Modlane of Mozambique and Université de
Dschang of Cameroun to give a spectacular performance which
earned them the crown as winners of the 18th African Human
Rights Moot Court Competition.”
A press release signed by Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei Attua, Senior
Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Legon, said by that feat,
Legon and Universidad Eduardo Modlane had set the enviable
record of becoming the first universities in the 18-year
history of the competition to make a successful defence of
the title, having earlier emerged group winners in the 2008
competition held in Pretoria, South Africa.
It said by that feat, Ghana had also joined the elite club
of 4 Faculties which had won the competition three times.
The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is an annual
event which attracts Faculties of law from across Africa to
moot over a case prepared around topical human rights issues
confronting the continent.
It is the brainchild of the Human Rights Centre, University
of Pretoria, South Africa, and represents the largest
gathering of law students and faculty members on the
For this year, the competition attracted representation from
over 30 African countries represented by 78 faculties of law
from all the three language zones of Africa, with the
Anglophones in the majority.
According to the release, the competition was aimed at
giving young and budding African lawyers the opportunity to
develop their advocacy skills but, more importantly, to
deepen their knowledge and understanding on the application
of human rights law in the courts.
“It is also to offer students and faculty members alike the
opportunity to network and develop professional
relationships among each other,” the release stated.
Legon was represented by Ms Adelaide Kobiri and Mr. Justice
Srem-Sai, who were personally coached by Dr. Kwadwo
Appiagyei, and whose outstanding performance won the hearts
of all who saw them moot.
The session was chaired with Justice Lawal Uwais, immediate
past Chief Justice of Nigeria.