College of Law Finalists to Participate in the Inaugural Moot Court Competition


Haramaya University College of Law (CoL) has become amongst only twelve universities selected from throughout Africa- and the only university selected from Ethiopia- to participate in the final oral rounds of the inaugural African Court of Human and People’s Rights African Governance Architecture (AGA) Moot Court Competition which will be held from November 30– December 3, 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Participating universities were first selected and short-listed based on their written memorials, which showcases their legal research, writing and analysis skills. The COL team is composed, for the first time, of SGS students from the first LL.M (International Economic and Business Law) batch- Mr. Eshetu Yadeta, Ms. Gabreala Abraham- and coached by COL academic staff member, and LL.M student, Mr. Fassil Wondwossen. Unfortunately, Ms. Gabreala Abraham was, at the same time, selected to be part of the highly competitive Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a US-funded leadership training program, which is taking place during the same time period in Nairobi, Kenya. Consequently, LL.M student, Ms. Zebiba Mussema, will be taking her place at the final oral rounds in Tanzania. It is with absolute confidence that the College team will make Haramaya University proud, according the statement made by CoL.

The program begins on the first day with welcoming remarks by Dr. Robert Eno, registrar of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, followed by a conference on two themes: the African Human Rights System- Challenges and Opportunities; and accelerating Good Governance in Africa. The following two days will consist of multiple rounds of arguments between the participating universities. The arguments will be presented to experienced and respected judges consisting of representatives from the African Court of Human and People’s Rights, the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and the African Governance Architecture Secretariat. The moot court will be conducted in English and French and simultaneous interpretation of both languages will be provided.

The African Court is covering all travel and other related costs for the selected participants of the moot court competition, which is truly a wonderful opportunity.

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Court) is a continental court established by Member States of the African Union to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. The Court was   established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Protocol). In fact, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which is the fact the main African human rights instrument that sets out the rights and duties relating to human and peoples’ rights in Africa, provides a framework within which the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was created.

The mandate of the Court is to complement and reinforce the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission – often referred to as the Banjul Commission), which is a quasi-judicial body charged with monitoring the implementation of the Charter.

The Protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was adopted on 9 June 1998 in Burkina Faso and came into force on 25 January 2004 after it was ratified by more than 15 countries. The Court has its permanent seat in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania.[1]

The universities selected and invited to take place in the final oral rounds of the competition are:

 No University Country
 1 Haramaya University Ethiopia
 2 University of Pretoria South Africa
 3 Moi University Kenya
 4 Le Centre d’Etude et de Recherché Djibouti
 5 Makerere University Uganda
 6 University of Nsukka Nigeria
 7 Law Development Centre Uganda
 8 L’Universitie Catholique d’Afrique Central Cameroon
 9 University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
 10 University of Ibadan Nigeria
 11 St. Augustine University Tanzania


Statement from the College says,” It is with great hope and confidences that we wish our HU College of Law moot court team the greatest success.”

“The College of Law continues to showcase its strong academic talents by consistently dominating both national and international moot court competitions. We are sure they will make us proud and bring home another trophy for our ever-expanding moot court collection,” the statement added.

[1] Information taken from the ACHPR website:

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