Makerere University’s School of Law are the 2018 African moot court champions. The moot competition that they last won seventeen years ago in 2001, was held in the West African nation of Ghana.

Alongside two other universities (the University of Pretoria and Universite des Leganes of Côte d’Ivoire), the team of Makerere University argued the case for the Respondents.

The African Human Rights Moot was the 27th edition, organised by the Centre for Human Rights, Africa.
The competition attracted 42 universities from all over Africa and was centred around the Right to Freedom from Torture and Human Trafficking as well as Rights of Older Persons.

The team that represented Makerere consisted of 4th-year law student Hussein Gulam Dawood, Ruth Muhawe a 3rd-year law student and Dr Daniel Ruhweza – a lecturer and constitutional law expert at the university.


Individually Dawood and Muhawe scooped the honours and accolades 2nd and 3rd best Oralist respectively.

Celebrations back home at the school of law among the moot society circles are in high gear with visible excitement and gratitude. When contacted, Aaron Joel Kaleeba the Makerere Moot Society Chairman could not hide his joy.

“We’ve been subject to a lot of criticism not only as a society but as a university because we have not been able to win previously,” Kaleeba told the NewsMen

“This win, however, underscores the fact that we are still a powerhouse and still the only Ugandan University to have won this moot. It is a very important win for us (as the executive) because it’s proof that some of the reforms we have undertaken are now paying off” he added.

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