African varsities to compete in WTO law debate

ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel proceedings

ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel proceedings

University law students from ten Universities in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda are due to gather in South Africa to take part in the European Law Students Association (ELSA) competition slated for March 29 to April 1.

Through the ELSA Moot Court Competition to be held at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, the respective law student teams will debate the World Trade Organization (WTO) law.

The best three teams will qualify for the world Finals taking place at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in June this year.

The ELSA competitions, now in their third year, are designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and World Trade Organization dispute settlement procedures, with a view of enhancing capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term. It has a global reach and its participants come from every continent.

Ada Gawrysiak, Vice President for Moot Court Competitions ELSA International said that through this competition the participants will gain invaluable experience as a supplement to their university degree.

“By practicing and seeing for themselves how the WTO dispute mechanism works they will have a great insight and advantage for later career purposes” Gawrysiak said adding that “Through the organization of the African Regional Round, ELSA is fulfilling its social responsibility of providing students with life time chance to make their dreams about the international career come true.”

Last year, law students from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens emerged as the winners of the 2015 European Moot Court Competition on the European Convention on Human Rights.

Awards for the Best Respondent Written Submission were presented to teams from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece).

The Best Applicant Written Submission prize was awarded to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Tilburg University (the Netherlands).

The competition, organized by the European Law Students Association (ELSA), with the support of the Council of Europe, simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights in a fictitious case regarding minorities