Law students from Kabarak University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat), Riara University and the Kenya School of Law will from Tuesday to Friday represent Kenya at a continental moot court contest in South Africa.
They will be among students from a total of 10 universities from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda who will gather to compete against each other at the European Law Students’ Association (Elsa) Moot Court Competition at Rhodes University in South Africa.
According to Rhodes University’s website, the contest is organised annually by Elsa in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and is a simulation of a WTO panel proceeding.
It is designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures, with a view to enhancing capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term.
Kenya School of Law will be represented by Saweria Wanjiru Mwangi, Maryanne Wairimu Kamau, Kevin Wanjala Walumbe. Its team’s coaches are Alfred Simiyu Murambi and Christine Kungu.
Riara University will be represented by Margaret Wairimu Muchoki, Mercy Nafula Wangila, Ismail Nathif Jama and Jatani Boru Golo. Its coach is Eric Kibet.
Jkuat has Gladys Waweru, Resian Nashipai, Kimani Joy Wanjiku, Damaris Wamae. Its team coach is Catherine Koyier.
Kabarak University has Munyau Esther Kamene, Saliamo Stacy Taiwa, Silvester Kabao Nyaga. Its team coach is Rahab Wakuraya.
This year, the competition will have its third African Regional Round. The best three teams will qualify for the world final, which will take place at the WTO headquarters in Switzerland in June.
Ada Gawrysiak, vice-president of the competition's organising body, Elsa International, said: “Through the organisation of the African Regional Round, Elsa is fulfilling its social responsibility throughout the students worldwide, providing them with lifetime chance to make their dreams about the international career come true”.