Kenyatta University Beats Oxford University, Qualifies for Final in Law competition

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It was an historic day for two of Kenya’s higher institutions of learning – Kenyatta University and Strathmore University as they both qualified for the finals of The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court.

Kenyatta University’s Martin Kioko Munyota and Sidney Tambasi Netya defeated their Oxford University counterpart while Strathmore University dumped Bolivia’s Universidad Catolica to set up a thrilling Kenyan final.

What was even more significant for the University of Kenyatta’s triumph is that they beat the United Kingdom’s Oxford University who are the defending champions.

A moot court law competition is set up to simulate a court hearing, usually an appeal against a final decision in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions and present oral argument. This procedure also follows the real world court proceedings that involves the judge’s entry, bowing of heads and clerk’s announcement.

This year’s competition which was held virtually was about a human rights case in which participants were expected to argue and present their case. An elated Netya, a third-year law student at Kenyatta University says, “We went into this competition with the determination to elevate the voice against violation of human rights and to that extent, we are proud of achieving this level of success.”

Africh Royale

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