South African National Schools Moot Court Competition

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The South African National Schools Moot Court Competition is an annual moot court competition established in 2011 aimed at creating greater consciousness and understanding in South African schools and communities about the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the values embodied by it through the active participation of learners in a moot court competition.[1][2]

The winners receive financial assistance towards their first year studies at any South African law school.

Format[edit]

Semi-final oral rounds are held at the University of Pretoria.
The final oral round is held at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Constitutional Court of South Africa courtroom

The moot is divided into written and oral rounds. All secondary schools in South Africa are invited to send a team of two grade-10 learners to submit two short essays, each arguing the opposing view of the set fictional question. A panel of experts evaluate the submissions and select the four best submissions from each of South Africa's nine provinces which are then invited to the semi-final oral rounds held at the University of Pretoria, with the winners arguing in the final round at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg. In the inaugural competition, 32 teams competed in the provincial rounds.[3]

The moot court is organised and supported by the[4] Department of Basic Education, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, South African Human Rights Commission, Foundation for Human Rights, Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, University of Venda and the University of Western Cape.

Judges[edit]

Year Judge Position
2011[5] Justice Dikgang Moseneke (Presiding) Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court
Justice Johan Froneman Justice of the Constitutional Court
Justice Kenneth Mthiyane Supreme Court of Appeal Judge

Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court

Justice Zak Yacoob Justice of the Constitutional Court
Yanine Poc Regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Southern Africa
2012[6] Justice Bess Nkabinde (Presiding) Justice of the Constitutional Court
Justice Edwin Cameron Justice of the Constitutional Court
Ms Yasmin Sooka Director, Foundation for Human Rights
Dr Zonke Majodina Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
Prof Ann Skelton Director, Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up
2011[7] King Edward VII Hoërskool Richardsbaai
2012[8] Thengwe High School Springfield Convent School

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.education.gov.za/Home/NationalSchoolsMootCourtCompetition/tabid/622/Default.aspx National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  2. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=12884 National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  3. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=12884 National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  4. ^ http://www.education.gov.za/Home/NationalSchoolsMootCourtCompetition/tabid/622/Default.aspx National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  5. ^ http://www.lssa.org.za/upload/DR%20May%202011%20Schools%20Moot(1).pdf National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  6. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/sitefiles/file/47/2011%20Elzet/Final%20Round%20Judges%2029%20April%202012(1).pdf National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  7. ^ http://www.lssa.org.za/upload/DR%20May%202011%20Schools%20Moot(1).pdf National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011
  8. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/sitefiles/file/47/2011%20Elzet/Results%20schools%20and%20learners%20that%20participated%20in%20the%20national%20or.pdf National Schools Moot Court Competition Retrieved 20 November 2011