Congratulations to two of our Law students; Atwine Blessed Mugisha and Nicholas Najuna for having been ranked among the top oralists during the 2022 African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
Atwine Blessed Mugisha and Nicholas Najuna represented Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) at the 31st Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court competition which took place at the British University in Egypt from 25 to 30 July 2022. They were accompanied by their coach, Advocate Godfrey Ayeranga, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, who had been helping them with their preparations.
50 teams from across Africa participated in the Moot Court competition which was held in English, French Portuguese and Arabic. Uganda was represented by 4 Universities namely; Cavendish University Uganda (CUU), Makerere University (MUK), Uganda Christian University (UCU) and Bishop Stuart University (BSU).
The Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa. The annual event brings together all Law faculties in Africa, whose top students deliberate and argue a hypothetical human rights case as if they were before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The hypothetical case for this year’s competition tackled issues related to internet intermediary liability, climate change and human trafficking. The Competition continuously prepares new generations of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the African Court.
Cavendish University Uganda emerged fourth (4th) out of 38 English participating teams in the preliminary rounds and advanced to Quarter finals. The CUU team was also announced among the overall top 10 oralists, where Atwine Blessed Mugisha was ranked 6th and Nicholas Najuna ranked 10th. Team Makerere University from Uganda was announced among the winners of the competition.
Since the competition’s creation in 1992, 150 universities from 50 African countries have taken part in this permanent fixture on the Africa legal education calendar. The Moot has been a catalyst for the establishment of the leading programmes in the field of human rights teaching and research in Africa.