The Department of Basic Education, in partnership with the Department of Justice & Correctional Services, University of Pretoria, University of Venda, University of the Western Cape, Foundation for Human Rights and the Law Society of South Africa, will host the national finals of the 7th Annual Moot Court Competition from 05-08 October 2017.
The nation’s top critical and analytical minds will take part in the National Finals which will be hosted at the University of Pretoria, Law Faculty. Having come through the provincial rounds, the contestants carrying the pride of their provinces, will put their constitutional knowledge, critical thinking skills, reasoning and arguing to the test as they do battle for top honours.
The 2017 hypothetical problem statement sees learners looking at a case involving a learner’s right to wear her natural hair (dreadlocks) in a manner she perceives as neat vs her Christian School and the code of conduct which dictates that learners may only wear their natural hair for religious purposes. With Team RSA having taken top honours in the 2016 International Moot Court Competition held in The Hague, Netherlands, the 2017 will be following in the footsteps of their predecessors, taking aim at global honours.
The Deputy Minister of Basic Education Mr Enver Surty will on Thursday 05 October 2017 deliver the keynote address at the official start of the 2017 National Final Rounds.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Oral argument presentations and eliminations culminating in the Moot Court finals as follows:
Preliminary, Quarter and Semi Final Rounds:
Date: Thursday, 05 October - Friday 06 October 2017
Venue: Law Faculty, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus
Final Round and Prize Giving:
Date: Sunday, 08 October 2017
Venue: Constitutional Court, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Elijah Mhlanga: 083 580 8275
Troy Martens: 079 899 3070