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Seventh Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition 2016

The 7th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition will be held on the  9th and 10th of September 2016.

Sixth Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition 2015

The Centre for Child Law hosted the 6th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 18 and 19 September 2015.  
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The hypothetical facts dealt with the question of whether children can be charged with the manufacturing and distribution of child pornography if they take and send 'naked selfies' of themselves.

Seven (7) Universities took part in the competition, namely the University of Johannesburg, Rhodes University, the University of the Western Cape, North West University (Potchefstroom Campus), the University of Pretoria, the University of Venda and the University of the Witwatersrand.

The preliminary and semi-final rounds were held at the Law Faculty of the University of Pretoria. A number of legal academics, practising attorneys and advocates sat as judges in these rounds. The University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand advanced to the final round of the competition which was held at the North Gauteng High Court.

The bench of the final round was made of Judge Jody Kollapen, Melanie Murcott (a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and an attorney) and Chris Mcconnachie (currently doing his pupilage at the Johannesburg Bar). The University of Johannesburg emerged as winners of the competition.

 

Fifth Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition 2014

The Centre for Child Law successully hosted its 5th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 19 and 20 September 2014. 
2014 Moot Court

The hypothetical facts centred on the challenges of balancing the rights and interests of a young accused being tried in a Child Justice Court 
and the interests of media who would like to attend and cover the trial. 

Five (5) Universities took part in this year's competition, namely the University of Johannesburg, Rhodes University, the University of Limpopo,
the University of the Western Cape and North West University (Mafikeng Campus). 

The preliminary and semi-final rounds were held at the Law Faculty of the University of Pretoria. A number of legal academics, practising
attorneys and advocates sat as judges in these rounds. The University of Johannesburg and Rhodes University advanced to the final round of
the competition which was held at the North Gauteng High Court.

The bench of the final round was made up of Judge Jody Kollapen, Acting Chief Magistrate Daniel Thulare and Advocate Steven Budlender. We were also honoured with the presence of Deputy Judge President Ledwaba (the Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court) who gave a few words of wisdom and encouragement to the teams. Rhodes University emerged as winners of the competition.
 

Fourth Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition 2013

The Centre for Child Law successfully hosted its 4th Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 13 and 14 September 2013.

IMG 0317The aim of the competition is to develop in law students an awareness of children's rights and child law and expose them to problem solving and litigation in the field of child law.

The hypothetical case for the competition centered on the extradition and sentencing of young offenders. The teams engaged in lively and insightful written and oral submissions and also showed themselves to be will prepared and thoroughly interested in the case. The competition was attended by teams representing 6 Universities: the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, North West University, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Pretoria and the University of the Western Cape.

The final round was held at the North Gauteng High Court, in the Palace of Justice, with Judge Jody Kollapen presiding with Magistrate Daniel Thulare and Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh of Lawyers for Human Rights. The University of Johannesburg and North West University argued before the final bench and the University of Johannesburg emereged as winners of the competition.

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Third Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition 2012

The Centre for Child Law hosted its third annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 21 and 22 September 2012. The five universities that took part in the competition included the University of Cape Town, the University of Limpopo, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Western Cape and Rhodes University.

The hypothetical case that the participants argued in this year's competition centered around the challenges and balancing of interests in matters involving the adoption of South African children by non-South African residents living in the republic.

The preliminary and semi-final rounds were held at the University of Pretoria's Law Faculty, and the final round was held at the North Gauteng High Court, in the Palace of Justice. High Court judge Jody Kollapen, Advocate Christopher Woodrow and Advocate Irene De Vos presided over the final round of the competition.

All teams gave lively and insightful written and oral submissions, and were well prepapred. The University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria advanced to the final round held in the North Gauteng High Court, where the University of Pretoria emerged as the winning team. The University of Cape Town, taking second place, received the prize for having the best oralist in the competition.

The Centre for Child Law was again impressed with the participation of the teams and looks forward to hosting more teams in 2013.

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Second Annual Child Law Moot Court Competition 2011

The Centre hosted its second annual Child Law Moot Court Competition on 16 and 17 September 2011. The teams that took part in the competition were from the University of Johannesburg, Rhodes University, the University of Pretoria and North West University.

This year’s problem centered around a father’s attempt to prevent the mother of his daughter from relocating to another country, this relocation in his view would result in him not being able to develop a relationship with is daughter as the country to which they were relocating considered homosexuality a crime and he was homosexual.

The teams all showed themselves to be well prepared and researched on the various legal aspects of the problem presented to them. Rhodes University and University of Pretoria competed in the final round and Rhodes University emerged as winners. The University of Pretoria team had the best heads of argument and best speaker.

Tukkies wins moot court competition on children's rights 2010

The final round of the first South African child law moot court competition was held on Saturday and the team from the University of Pretoria, Natasha Watt and Khomotso Moshikaro, was the winning team.

The UP team also won the prize for best heads of argument, and Khomotso Moshikaro won the prize as best speaker. Congratulations to the staff of the Centre for Child Law for presenting a very successful competition.

 

 

 

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