In an effort to promote the work of the Court and the African Human Rights System, the African Court has organized a pilot moot court competition. The competition is being organized under the aegis of the African Governance Architecture (AGA),
About the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Court) is a continental court established by Member States of the African Union to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. The Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol). The mandate of the Court is to complement and reinforce the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission – often referred to as the Banjul Commission), which is a quasi-judicial body charged with monitoring the implementation of the Charter.
Moot Court Competition 2015
In an effort to promote the work of the Court and the African Human Rights System, the African Court has organized a pilot moot court competition. The competition is being organized under the aegis of the African Governance Architecture (AGA), the continental framework for the promotion of good governance in Africa. The finals of the competition shall take place on 30 November – 3 December 2015 at the seat of the African Court in Arusha, Tanzania.
The Moot Court Competition is open to undergraduate and post graduate students from all institutions of tertiary education in Africa. Each university is entitled to present one team composed of two students – preferably one woman and one man. Each team shall be accompanied by a team coach.
Participation in the competition is not restricted to law students, however, it is expected that applicants have a strong understanding of the applicable legal rules and principles.
The moot court competition shall also be preceded by a one-day lab/ workshop on international human rights and good governance as well as networking events.
Submissions to the competition will be accepted in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the final round.
Moot Court Competition Objectives
The objectives of the Moot Court Competition are:
To educate future leaders on the African Human Rights System and African Governance Architecture;
To create links and support networks between African institutions of higher learning interested in African Union studies;
To assess and develop new strategies for conflict management and prevention;
To improve the understanding and appreciation of the workings of the African Union.
In addition to specific issues raised in the fictional scenario, the following international human rights instruments are the basis of arguments at the Moot Court Competition:
The Constitutive Act of the African Union
The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights;
The Protocol to the African Charter on the Establishment of the
African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance
Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union; and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights;
Students are also encouraged to refer to and draw from the jurisprudence of their countries and other African jurisdictions.
- Request No 002/2013 - The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the Standing of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
- Request No 002/2012 - The Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU) and Southern African Litigation Centre
- Declaration on the Framework for an OAU Response to Unconstitutional Changes of Government
- The advisory jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, AP Van Der Mei, African Human Rights Law Journal(2005) available at http://www.ahrlj.up.ac.za/issues/2005/volume-5-no-1-2005
- Advisory Practice of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Contributing to the Evolution of International Human Rights
- Law; Pasqualucci, Jo M.Stanford Journal of International Practice (2002)
Competition finalists will receive a scholarship that will cover travel, accommodation and meals for the duration of the finals.
Every university in Africa is invited to present a team of two students – preferably one woman and one man.
The moot court competition is organized in three phases of progressive elimination.
Phase 1: Registration of teams and submission of memorials
Registration is open from 1 September to 18 October 2015. All teams are required to submit written memorials before 18 October 2015. Registration and submission of memorials is free of charge.
Phase 2: Selection
The top 15 teams will be selected and announced in late September 2015. The selection of the top teams will be on the basis of written memorials. Feedback and clarification of facts may be provided.
Memorials from respective teams shall be exchanged.
Phrase 3: Finals in Arusha
The top 15 teams shall be invited to Arusha to argue their cases before a panel of judges.
To register, please submit the following to the address below:
- Application form
- Participant CVs. (CVs should be no longer than 3 pages)
- Written memorials
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Conservation Centre, Dodoma Road
P.O. Box 6274 | Arusha, TANZANIA |Tel: +255 732 979506/9
Deadline for applications is Sunday 18 October 2015.