The University of Nairobi School of Law hosted the 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Nairobi from 1st to 7th September 2014. This was in conjunction with the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria. This was the first time the competition was being held in Kenya. Approximately 47 universities across Africa represented by 94 students and 47 Law Professors participated in the Competition.
Each institution conducted qualifying rounds for its students. The winning teams then gathered in Nairobi for the preliminary Round. The University of Nairobi was represented by Eva Kimani and Maureen Wanjiru Mwangi who emerged top during the qualifying rounds at the University. Participants from each participating institutions were then required to prepare their submissions and argue their case before a simulated international court. The best two teams in each language, English, French and Portuguese, then proceeded to the finals.
University of Nairobi and Université Gaston Berger Saint-Louis du Sénégal proceeded to the final against the combined team of University of Pretoria & Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire. The judges in the
final round were Commissioner Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi (Rwanda), Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rwanda; Justice Johann Kriegler (South Africa)
Former Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa; Dr David Padilla (U.S.A.)
Former Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights,Justice Willy Mutunga (Kenya) Chief Justice of Kenya, President of the Supreme Court of Kenya and Justice Elsie Thompson (Nigeria) Judge
of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
The combined team from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the Université Gaston Berger Saint-Louis du Sénégal , who argued for the Applicant, emerged the winners of the 23rd African Human Rights Moot Court competition.
We salute our team for the job well done!