Students of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar have emerged winners of the 8th African Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition.

The two day competition which held in Pretoria, South Africa on the 9th and 10th May, 2019, drew law students from all over Africa.

It is the first time the University of Calabar is participating in the competition.

Representing the International Law Students Association (ILSA) University of Calabar, the trio of Ebruka Nelly-Helen Neji, Kaunda John C and Ushie, Augustine Eneji competed with Makerere University, Uganda and The University of Pretoria, South Africa, to advance to the finals where they took on another Nigerian University, the Niger Delta University, Nigeria to emerge the overall first in Africa.

One of the Unical continent’s who also emerged as the best oralist from the African Region in the competition; Nelly-Helen Neji, attributed their resounding success to “hard work, incurable optimism, tenacity and God’s grace.”

The team which was led by Nelly-Helen Neji will proceed to Washington DC, USA to represent the African Region at the World Finals.

Each year, the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) organizes, together with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (MLMC).

The regional winners from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and North America then compete in the World Finals which is held in conjunction with the annual International Astronautical Congress. The World final of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition has the distinction of being judged by three sitting judges of the International Court of Justice.

The participants are expected to learn the rudiments of space technology and the principles governing space related activities and then apply their knowledge during the competition.

Culled from DNL Legal and Style

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