UFH Law Duo to represent Africa at the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Oxford

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In a demonstration of their legal acumen and dedication, two University of Fort Hare (UFH) students from the Faculty of Law are bound for the UK to represent Africa at the prestigious Price Media Law Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Oxford in April.

This remarkable achievement by Lerato Mmakgapo-Nkadimenng, a final-year LLB student, and Christian Buthelezi who is an LLB third-year Extended Curriculum Programme student is a true reflection of the high quality of legal education offered at UFH.

Organized by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at Oxford, the annual competition is renowned for rigorously challenging students to engage in comparative research of legal standards at the national, regional and international levels, and to develop their arguments in written and oral forms on cutting-edge questions in media and ICT law.

This year's moot problem concerns freedom of expression, artificial intelligence, and defamation.

Every student globally must undergo a regional round, before advancing to the international round. The Africa rounds were hosted by the Mandela Institute at the Wits School of Law at the beginning of February and the teams that advanced to the international rounds along UFH are:

  1.  Moi University, Kenya
  2.  University of Benin, Nigeria
  3.  University of Botswana, Botswana
  4.  University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

In an interview with UFHNews, excitement and optimism were palpable as the students narrated the journey that landed them in the UK.

“Late last year, we took part in an Internal Moot Court Competition hosted by the UFH Moot Court Society. We were on different teams (Junior and Senior). Impressed by our performance we were selected to represent South Africa in the Regional Rounds of Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.”

At the regional rounds, they once again demonstrated excellence when they both made it to the list of the top ten oralists.

“Our participation and selection in the top ten further proved that we are undoubtedly on par with our peers on the continent and the globe. Representing our continent on this global platform is certainly a gateway to our success in the law fraternity on an international level.”

Both have set their future career aspirations on joining the bar as admitted attorneys and ultimately joining the judiciary.

Lerato and Christian thanked their coach Dr Tapiwa Shumba; and lecturers Prof Arthur van Coller, Dr Ntandokayise Ndhlovu, Ms Serone Stal, and Mr Halalisani Xulu for their unwavering support and belief in their success.

As the UFH team prepares to embark on this significant journey, they carry with them the hopes of the university, the country, and the entire African continent. Their participation in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition is a testament to their achievements, the quality of legal education at UFH, and the vibrant and diverse legal landscape of the African continent.