The logos of the organisers of the MOOT competition in SA
Students from ten universities in Africa including some from Uganda will converge at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa from March 29 to April 1, to take part in 2016 European Law Students Association (ELSA) African Regional Round Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.

The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a WTO panel proceeding, and the competition is student-run, organized annually by ELSA in co-operation with the WTO.

This year, the third African Regional Round will have ten universities from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda gather to compete against each other and the best three teams will qualify for the world finals taking place at the headquarters of the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2016. Participation of the teams in the African Regional Round is generously sponsored by the African Trade Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as well as other local, regional, and international donors.

‘The purpose of this initiative is to support the continuing participation of African universities in a student competition designed to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures, with a view to enhancing capacity in Africa in the long term, a release by the Africa Press Organisation, on behalf of the organisers, states.

it adds: ‘Through this competition the participants will gain invaluable experience as a supplement to their university degree. By practicing and seeing for themselves how the WTO dispute mechanism works they will have a great insight and advantage for later career purposes’.

“Though the organization of the African Regional Round, ELSA is fulfilling its social responsibility throughout the students worldwide, providing them with life time chance to make their dreams about the international career come true,“ said Ada Gawrysiak, Vice President for Moot Court Competitions, ELSA International.