School of Law Moot Team Wins Big
The School of Law Moot Team has made it to the International Oral Round of the ELSA (European Law Students’ Association) Moot Court Competition
From 9 to 12 April, the ELSA Moot Court Competition on World Trade Organisation Law held its African Regional Round at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a WTO panel proceeding. The competition is student-run, organized annually by The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) in co-operation with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
It is designed to broaden knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures, with a view to enhancing capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term. It has a global reach and its participants come from every continent.
This year a record breaking 22 Universities from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda registered to compete against each other; a 50% increase from the 2016 round. Due to the increase in participating teams, the four best teams qualified for the Final Rounds taking place at the headquarters of the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2017. Participation of the teams in the African Regional Round is generously sponsored by the African Trade Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as well as other local, regional, and international donors with a view to supporting the continuing participation of African universities and thereby increasing capacity in Africa in the long term.
Through this competition the participants gain invaluable experience as a supplement to their university degree. By practicing and seeing for themselves how the WTO dispute mechanism works they will have a great insight and advantage for later career purposes.
The WITS School of Law team, consisting of Ms. Robyn de Jager, Ms. Chey Ramalho, Mr. Shingai Mujeri and Mr. Themba Nyembe, gave an impressive performance which resulted in their qualifying for the International Oral Round in Geneva (ranking third). The team was coached by a member of the 2015/16 Wits School of Law Team, Mr. Mxolisi Ngulube. Moreover, Ms. Robyn de Jager won the prize for best speaker of the play offs.
The three other African Universities that will be represented in Geneva are all from Kenya with the Kenya School of Law finishing in first place.