National Schools Moot Court Competition

Universities of Pretoria, University of Venda, University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape
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Thursday, 15 December, 2011
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The first annual National Schools Moot Court Competition took place at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on National Human Rights Day, 21 March 2011. Teams from four schools in each of the nine provinces – a total of 72 learners - were selected to participate in this groundbreaking event.

The second annual National Schools Moot Court Competition will be aimed at creating greater awareness in schools and communities in South Africa about the Constitution and the values that it embodies through active participation. The aim is also to encourage talented young people to consider pursuing a career in law. This Competition provides a unique opportunity for learners to develop their research, writing and oral advocacy skills as they endeavour to come to grips with some of the constitutional issues that are presently facing our country.

The Competition will be organised by a different grouping of law faculties each year, with the Universities of Pretoria, Venda, Cape Town and Western Cape taking responsibility for the second round in 2011/12. All law faculties in the country will be asked to make some of their capacity available to support the individual learners in preparing for the Competition. The collaboration of the organised legal profession will also be sought to assist learners. All secondary schools in South Africa will be invited to enter a team of two learners.

The first round will be in written form. Learners will be expected to write two short essays (two to four pages for each essay) setting out the opposing sides of the case.

The registration forms must be received by the organisers by 15 December 2011 and the essays must be received by the organisers by 30 January 2012.

Moderate extension will be given to schools who contact us in this regard.

Participating organisations:

Constitutional Literacy Service Initiative, School of Law at the University of Venda, South African Human Rights Organisation, Foundation for Human Rights, Faculty of Law at University of the Western Cape, University of Pretoria, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Department of Basic Education

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Organiser: Cherryl-Lee Botterill, E-mail:, Mobile: 082 780 4647.

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