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UWC Moot Court Society wins esteemed Annual Child Law Moot Competition
(Published - 24 October 2019)

The Annual Child Law Moot Court competition focuses on child rights and affords competitors an opportunity to tackle issues pertaining to child law and rights. Competitors are law students from universities across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, and this year they included students from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The UWC Moot Team was made up of two speakers, Amanda Mpedi and Kirsten Lemaine Davids, both in their third year of the LLB programme, along with their coach Thandeka Khoza from the UWC Dullah Omar Institute.

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic Professor Vivienne Lawack is delighted by the performance of the UWC Moot Court team and she is happy to have supported the initiative financially.

“The Child Law moot team has showcased our success in embedding our graduate attributes - showing confidence, critical thinking skills, research skills, problem-solving and effective communication,” Prof Lawack said.

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Jacques de Ville, said the UWC Moot Team is one of the best on the African continent, and makes the Faculty of Law immensely proud.

“Funding from the office of the DVC: Academic in 2019 made it possible for the team to participate in a number of competitions this year. Participating in moot court competitions has a number of advantages for students: it builds confidence in public speaking and debating, develops research abilities and writing skills, helps students to gain practical knowledge, and teaches students to work in a team,” said Prof De Ville.

Dr Precious Nonhlanhla Ndlovu, Academic Coordinator of the UWC Moot Team, said during the final round of the competition, which took place at the North Gauteng High Court, the finalists argued before a full bench comprising Acting Justice Jody Kollapen, Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba and Judge Brenda Neukircher.

“Once again the UWC team emerged victorious and won the competition. The Law Faculty is immensely proud of this achievement and it is an indication of the importance that the Law Faculty places on the development of our students,” she said.

“In addition to the dedication and hard work of the team and their coach, this achievement would not have been possible without the support of the law faculty staff. Furthermore, the success by the team has been made possible by support from Professor De Ville and Professor Lawack.”