Moot CourtNational Schools Moot Court Competition (18 - 21 March 2011)

The Universities of Pretoria, Venda and the Western Cape, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department of Basic Education and the Foundation for Human Rights will be hosting the first annual National Schools Moot Court Competition 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 - have been selected to take part in this groundbreaking event.

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11 March 2011

All Secondary Schools in South Africa (grade 10 and 11 learners) are invited to participate in the first National Schools Moot Court Competition 2010/11
18 - 21 March 2011

Participants are provided with the facts of an imaginary case involving human rights issues. They are asked to write two essays, defending the opposing sides of the case, using the South African Constitution. These essays are then marked, and the best four teams and one of their teachers from each province will be invited to Pretoria and Johannesburg, where the qualifying teams will argue the case against each other before real judges. The final round will be held in the Constitutional Court.

The purpose of the Schools Moot is to promote the Constitution, and to encourage talented learners to consider a career in law.

The winners will receive financial support towards their first year to study law at the university of their choice in South Africa.

No prior legal knowledge is required – all you need is the guts to pretend you are a lawyer, and a willingness to learn and to have fun while doing so.

The language medium of this event will be English but the participants will be allowed to use any of the official languages in the final round.

The registration form and the essays must be submitted by 30 September 2010. Financial assistance may be made available for the successful teams from the provinces, to travel to the finals.

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