BY MARIA EYORU
A team of Uganda Christian University (UCU) students of Law were set to represent Uganda in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in April from 12-19.
Unfortunately, the trip has been cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The virus has become an epidemic worldwide and large gatherings in different states have been cancelled.
This was the next step after the team won the national moot competition that was held at Cavendish University on February 29.
Four universities: Makerere, Cavendish, the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) and UCU participated in the national moot competition.
The UCU team was represented by Joel Ndyamuhaki, Lynette Nahwera, Daniella Khanani and Brenda Nanfuka, who later led it into the final victory.
The competition was heated in the final submissions as the judges tactfully probed into the final submissions between Makerere University and UCU as they battled for the first position.
In addition, the judges noted that the UCU students presented their arguments well. They put up a logical, coherent, strong and admirable comeback as they battled in the final round to emerge victoriously.
In the judges’ observation, UCU was found to have owned the cases, spaces and facts which impressed them. They had professionalism and decorum and proficiency in presention and general appearance.
Judge Brian Kiira said they were impressed by the way the UCU students presented their arguments. “They put a logically coherent argument which is a legal performance,” he said.
Dr Sylvia Mbabazi Busingye, another judge.urged the participants to think beyond Ugandan courts, which calls for them to do something unique off the script.
“UCU can actually win the International Moot at Washington DC in April,” Busingye said.
Dr Roselyn Karugonjo Segawa, the dean of the Faculty of Law, said that the students excelled because they are exceptional and the coaches who trained them were the best.
“We hope that the students will make us even more proud in Washington by going further than any Ugandan team has ever done in this moot.”
The students attribute their success to the lecturers and coaches who trained them.