UP law Moot Society Excel in Moot Competitions!

Posted on September 26, 2022

The Faculty of Law (UP Law) at the University of Pretoria (UP) announces with pride and congratulates the UP Moot Society on its ground-breaking performances both in the 2022 Christoph Heyns African Human Rights Moot competition where they placed 8th overall and at the semifinals of the 2021/2022 Monroe E. Price Media Moot Court Competition where the team ranked as one of the top 4 teams in the world! At this specific competition, the team won all three major titles in the African regional rounds of the competition as best performing team, best memorials and best speaker.

The Christoph Heyns African Human Rights moot, recently renamed after the late professor, Christoph Heyns, an intrinsic part of the law faculty in Human Rights focuses on and dissects human rights issues with specific focus on those that plague the African continent. This year’s competition dealt with issues of climate change justice, human trafficking and internet intermediary liability. Conversely, the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme aims to foster and cultivate interest in freedom of expression issues and the role of the media and information technologies in societies around the world. This year’s facts primarily focused on the regulation of private entities in the media space, the relationship between freedom of expression and public affairs; and the boundaries of freedom of expression as per the ICCPR.

“The experience participating in the Christof Heyns Moot court competition was an incredible one. Although we didn't win, getting to the semi-finals allowed us to interact with legal professionals that have extensive knowledge on Human Rights. We were also fortunate converse with these professionals afterwards and make connections across the continent,” commented Ruth Versfeld, one of oralists and second-year BA Law student.

Commenting on competition, best speaker at the 2021/2022 Monroe E. Price Media Moot Court Competition Mmule Molokoane said, “I think that it goes without saying that competing in the 2022 Price Media moot court competition was unlike any moot I had ever competed in. The moot allowed me to push my bounds as an individual; whilst refining my analytical, written and oral advocacy skills. The long hours and consistent sacrifice ultimately paid off as we made it to the international rounds of the competition”

Both teams extend appreciation to UP Moot Society and the Dean’s office in the faculty of law for their continued dedication and support. The Law faculty is proud of the UP moot society for flying their flag high!

- Author Neha Maharaj, Dunga Mashilo and Thuwaybah Moses
Published by Palesa Mbonde

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