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26th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Réduit, Mauritius
18/09/2017 - 23/09/2017
The 26th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is organised by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the University of Mauritius. It will take place from 18 to 23 September 2017 in Réduit, Mauritius.

Located in the south-west Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a volcanic island of which Mark Twain said: 'God made Mauritius; and then He made heaven.' The island is renowned for its lush tropical vegetation, sugar cane plantations, spectacular mountains, white sandy beaches, lagoons and exotic mix of Indian, African, British, French and Chinese cultural influences.

The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa. This annual event brings together all law faculties in Africa, whose top students argue a hypothetical human rights case as if they were before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. The Competition aims to prepare a new generation of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the African Court.

Since its inception in 1992, 145 universities from 50 African countries have taken part in this permanent fixture on the African legal education calendar. The Moot Court Competition has been a catalyst for the establishment of leading programmes in the field of human rights teaching and research in Africa. In 2016, the 25th edition of the Moot Court Competition was hosted at the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. The event brought together 190 participants and 59 teams from 20 African countries.

In 2017, the Moot Court Competition will tackle issues related to the rights to development and freedom of expression.

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