World’s Best: Kenya’s Strathmore beats Havard, 18 top varsities to emerge winners in law contest


Strathmore University law students, Mishael Wambua, Kandalla Maleehah and Catherine Penda, made Kenya and Africa at large proud when they beat Havard representatives to the global John J. Jackson Moot Court award.

The competition, formerly known as the European Law Students Association Moot Court Competition on World Trade Organization (WTO) Law, is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system.

The Jackson Moot Competition annually draws participants from around the globe.

This year, students from 90 schools on six continents competed.

The competition opens each September with the release of the case followed by regional rounds in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Americas.

The best 20 teams worldwide of the individual rounds qualify to participate in the Final Oral Round.

This year’s Final Oral Round, which marked the 17th edition of the contest, took place in Geneva, Switzerland between June 4 and June 8.

In the competition, the teams, consisting of 2 to 4 law students, prepare and analyse a fictive case and present their arguments both for the Complainant and the Respondent in front of a Panel which consists of WTO and trade law experts.

The aim is to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures as well as to enhance the capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term.

Strathmore’s victory marks the first time an African team is winning the prestigious John J. Jackson Moot Court award.

“@StrathmoreLaw becomes the first African team to win the John H. Jackson Moot Court (formerly ELSA) on WTO Law in Geneva. @StrathmoreLaw won the final against @Harvard_Law in the 17th Edition Congratulations well deserved to the team @lgfranceschi @Harrison_Otty,” tweeted Strathmore Law School on June 8.

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