UFH wins the 2019 Justice Kate O’Regan Intervarsity Moot Court Competition

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For the second year running, the University of Fort Hare are proud winners of the 2019 Kate O'Regan Intervarsity Moot Competition, held at the University of Cape Town. The aim of the competition is to gather law students from law schools in South Africa to compete against  each other in written heads of argument and oral argument. This competition is particularly exciting because it aims to encourage students to grapple with legal topics outside of the core syllabus. This year, the topic focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligence within the domain of intellectual property law.

The two University of Fort Hare teams were represented by Miss Diana Murote, Miss Thando George, Miss Gugu Tom, Mr Halalisani Xulu and coached by Dr Tapiwa Shumba. Following very highly competitive qualifying rounds, both teams incredibly made it to semi finals where they were pitted against to avoid an all UFH Finals.  It was a good problem for the Coach, Dr Shumba, to be required to provide tips for both his two but now opposing teams on how to win against each other.

After a very close semi final contest against each other as confessed by the judges, the team of Miss Tom and Mr Xulu proceeded to the Finals where the Judges “unanimously” decided their victory. This year’s Competition was presided over by former Justices of the constitutional court of South Africa; Justice Kate O'Regan, Justice Albie Sachs and other prestigious judges.  Universities which participated include University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape and others.

The Fort Hare community is most enthused by the extremely high standard of academic prowess that our students continue to exhibit at both national and international level. The University of Fort Hare Faculty of Law and the Law Dean, Dr N Lubisi, continue to deliberately foster Moot Court Competitions as a way of encouraging students to develop and perfect their skills within an inclusive, inspiring and competitive environment.