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.
Mount Kenya University School of Law is offering free legal advice to members of the public
The two-day charitable event is taking place at Thika Main Campus and covers the whole breadth of litigation including Conveyancing, Business, Family issues (Marriage and children's right), Land issues, Government, Criminal matters and Human rights.
"In near future, our students will be visiting different places in Kenya to sensitize the public on the power of litigation in ensuring a just and fair society," says the MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo.
The legal clinic is being hosted at the Handball court.