THE WINNING TEAM ... The GZU Moot Competition team, Tawanda Zvobgo (Team Coach), Blissful Dzimiri, Ivy Madziwo and Kudakwashe Muzenda display trophies and shields that they won at the 2016 International Law School Mediation Tournament that was held at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, United States of America in March.
The Great Zimbabwe University Herbert Chitepo Law School has once again made a tremendous achievement on the international arena by qualifying for the prestigious Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Competition which will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland July 18 to 19 2016.
The international tournament is held every year as a means of strengthening human rights education and awareness.
Attracting over a hundred participants worldwide, the competition is open to law schools from all five United Nations (UN) regions, and is open to both undergraduate and master's law students.
It is divided into two phases, with the first phase involving the submission of written memorials or heads of argument by competing universities.
Distinguished human rights scholars from various jurisdictions then convene to assess these, and choose 25 best written memorials.
The winning law schools are then invited to take part in the oral rounds, which are the second phase of the competition.
The GZU team comprises undergraduate second year law students; Kudakwashe Muzenda and Blissful Dzimiri.
The duo has been preparing for the tournament under the guidance of team coach Tawanda Zvobgo, a legal practitioner and litigator from leading law firm Dube, Manikai & Hwacha legal practitioners which is based in Harare.
In a letter to GZU, the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Professor Frans Viljoen was happy the university was selected.
"We are pleased to inform you that your team has been selected to proceed to the next phase of the competition – the pre-final rounds – to be held at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 18 and 19 July 2016," reads part of the letter.
GZU Vice Chancellor, Professor Rungano Jonas Zvobgo, was thrilled by the strides being made by Herbert Chitepo Law School in establishing itself as a household name of excellence in legal education locally, regionally and internationally.
"The university could not be more proud of the achievements that the Law School is making in placing both the University and Zimbabwe on the world map. The students' efforts speak for themselves.
"Great Zimbabwe University is a force to be reckoned with. On behalf of the University, I would like to congratulate our students and wish them the very best as they now commence preparations for the second leg of the tournament which shall be held in Geneva, Switzerland," said Professor Zobgo.
In March this year, the Herbert Chitepo Law School made history after coming third out of 51 participating world teams that competed in the 2016 International Law School Mediation tournament held at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, United States of America.news