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University of Ghana pledges support for competition

Prof. Edward Kofi Quashigah (left) and Prof. Frans Viljoen launching the 27th African Human Rights Moot Court at the University of Ghana, Legon

The University of Ghana (UG), Legon has pledged to fully support the 2018 African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which seeks to bring in students from over 75 Law faculties all over Africa to battle for supremacy of the law.

The event is held every year to serve as a forum for young African Human Rights Law students to discuss and debate current human rights issues of relevance to Africa, by engaging mooting court skills to battle for supremacy in the competition.

Apart from the Moot court’s educational value, it will also open up the country to students and lecturers from all over Africa.

Smooth programme

At the official launch of the 27th African Human Rights Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony in Accra, the Vice Chancellor of the UG, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, said: “We have the facilities suitable for a relaxed atmosphere for the programme and the university administration will do all that is necessary to facilitate a smooth moot court programme”

The university is set to host the event which is scheduled to take place in August 2018, with the aim of inculcating in students, interest in human rights issues at early stages.

The week-long programme will start from August 6, 2018 and students will engage in advocacy with one another at the preliminary stages and use legal skills to push their way through to claim the ultimate price.

Apart from its educational value, the Dean of the UG School of Law, Prof. Edward Quashigah, stated that the mooting court would also boost tourism, stressing, “the economic value to the country is obvious and of course the exposure of the country to the skills of young Africans is a plus for the image of Ghana.”


On the sidelines of the event, a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law, Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, told the Daily Graphic that the rationale for the programme was to enlighten students on their primary human rights and how to exercise them.

In addition, the programme was built to further their understanding on the values of the Constitution, its principles and how to make good use of its provisions.