MSU beats top universities in world law competition
Gweru (The Times) – Midlands State University (MSU) came a high number seven at the 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition held at Palais de Nations Geneva, Switzerland from July 15-19, beating some of the top universities in the world, it has been learnt.
The competition was held in English, Spanish and French and from the 96 registered African universities group, MSU was the only African university that made it to the top ten English group after finishing on the 7th position with 89.23 points.
The competition was won by the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) with 94.36 points, followed by University of Macquarie, Australia. On the 10th position was St. Thomas University of Canada.
Some of the universities which were in the top ten were, St Thomas University from Canada, Symbiosis Law School Pune from India, Yale Law School from USA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of New South Wales from Australia, University of Buenos Aires from Argentina and Liberty University from USA.
The competition is open to both undergraduate and master’s degree students. Only two students from each university is invited to participate.
The Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the only moot court worldwide which is explicitly dedicated to human rights.
The competition is presented by the Centre for Human Rights based at the faculty of law, University of Pretoria in partnership with the Academy on Human Rights Council Branch (HRCB) at the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
In 2009, the faculty of law of the University of Pretoria in partnership with HRCB and OHCHR organized the inaugural human rights moot court competition.