The Lagos State University (LASU) represented Nigeria in an African Human Rights Moot Court Competition. LASU’s team was made up of two students and a lecturer from the University’s Faculty of Law-Timilehin Joshua Ojo, Ojelabi John Olaitan and Dr. R. O. Olaoluwa.
The theme for this year’s Competition was Human Rights in Africa. The Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of Law students, academics and judges in Africa and it is an annual event, which brings together all law faculties in the Continent.
The Competition featured top students from Law Faculties arguing on a hypothetical human rights case as if they were before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Competition aims to prepare a new generation of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the African Court.
Since its creation in 1992, 145 universities from 50 African countries have taken part in its 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.
This year’s Competition was organised by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in collaboration with the University of Mauritius and held between 18th to 23rd September, 2017, in Réduit, Mauritius. The event brought together 45 Anglophone, 6 Francophone and 3 Lusophone teams.
The LASU team went against teams from Kenya, Sudan, Etiopia and Ghana. After the brillant performance in the rounds, the team sailed with a total of over 70%, ranking as one of the best teams in the Competition.
The representation was made possible through the full support of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State and the Lagos State University Management.