What happens when a court concludes a case, and there is a subsequent conviction? The accused is thrown into the slammer as the offended party gets its restitution. Students from Mount Kenya University Parklands School of Law recently got a first hand experience of this 'end' when they visited the Naivasha GK Maximum, Medium and Women's prisons. The students were drawn from the Criminology class of the Jan/April 2016 semester.
"The trip was meant to introduce the students to the practical aspects of criminological theories and give them a feel of criminology in practice," says Ms Nelly Wamaitha, Dean (Ag.), School of Law. The 74 students were accompanied by two lecturers. The prison authorities took the MKU entourage through the prisons and the students interacted with inmates.
Thereafter, a question and answer session was held between the students, inmates and prison authorities regarding the causes of crime, conditions of life in prison and possibilities of inmates’ reform. The students had a free lively session with inmates and prison staff.
Finally, the students, under the University's CSR policy made generous donations to the inmates' school. The donations were in the form of exercise books and ball pens. "Overall, the trip was educational and socially-productive to all the stakeholders involved, especially the students who learnt a lot," says Ms. Wamaitha.
Mount Kenya University School of Law was fourth in Africa, and sixth globally in the 7th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court competition held in Geneva, Switzerland last December.
This followed a similarly impressive performance in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition held in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier in the year. The institution was number three in Africa. “These successes underline our growing reputation as a centre of excellence in legal training,” says Mercy Muendo, Moot Court Co-ordinator at the MKU School of Law.
At the third All Kenyan Moot Court competition hosted by Kenyatta University, the MKU School of Law won the Best Oralist Award, paving way for Aquino Ochieng, one of the students, to intern at the Kenya Human Rights Commission.
“We have also been working closely with Kenya Model United Nations and this has seen us take part in the ICJ Moot Court events held annually at UN, Gigiri,” adds Ms. Muendo.
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court competition was held at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-10 December, 2015. It involved 16universities from around the world. Among them were the Ivy League Yale University (USA), University of Lucerne (Switzerland), University of New South Wales (New Zealand), University of Witwatersrand, - the alma mater of apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, after whom the competition is named-, and Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Due to MKU’s exemplary performance, the University of Lucerne offered a three-week training to the team that comprised of Abdirahman Hassan Mohamed and Aoko Ogola.