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KU law students win moot court contest

Kenyatta University School of Law has emerged the overall winners of the second All Kenya Moot Court competition.

Catholic University came second while Kabarak University took third position in the finals held on Saturday at the KU School of Law in Parklands.

Students from various law schools took part in the two-day event that saw them engage in litigation before judges inside moot courts.

A moot court is an extracurricular activity where participants take part in simulated proceedings, which also involves drafting of briefs and participating in oral arguments.

The event is meant to present the students with a real court environment and to enable them learn how to research and articulate the law, knowledge which can be applied later in their professional life.

Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang and Prof PLO Lumumba were among the five judges who listened to presentations at the event, whose theme was Safeguarding Human Rights Through Combating Corruption.

Others included officials from Transparency International and the Attorney-General’s office.

The Dean of KU School of Law, Mr Nzuki Mwinzi, who spoke on behalf of Vice-Chancellor Olive Mugenda, said the moot court competitions had become an integral part of training at the school and encouraged students to strive to participate in future events.

Prof Lumumba challenged students to learn and understand law to stand better chances of winning cases in court.
“Your ability to understand the law and the facts of your case is very integral,” he said.

Justice Ojwang, who was the lead judge, implored the learners to be diligent and hard working to succeed in their careers.