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Benue varsity shines at World Moot Court competition



Students of the Faculty of Law of the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, have shone brightest at the World Moot Court Competition in the Netherlands, as they emerged third in the international law contest. The students, who represented the university at the competition, are Ordam Paul Msughter and Mom Chia Michael, who are both 500-level final year students.

They emerged the overall best in Written Arguments and came third best in the entire competition, which featured students from Law Faculties from no fewer than 28 universities across the world. Some of the universities thjat participated in the law contest, include Benue State University from Nigeria; the University of Cambridge and University of Liverpool from the United Kingdom; a university in the Philippines, two South African universities,; and a Law School from Trinidad and Tobago, among others.

The competition, which took place at the University of Leiden in Netherlands and which entered third edition this year, marked the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The high points of the Moot Court competition were Oral and written presentations with a case at the International Court between a group of children and a member state of the United Nations featuring alleged violation of the children’s rights in which each competing team made oral and written representations for both parties. At the end of the exercise, the Team from BSU emerged the Best in Written Arguments for the respondents and third Overall Best in the competition. Expressing delight over the performance of the students, the university said the feat represents the continuation of a tradition of excellence and distinction which the Law Faculty of the institution had been known for nationally and globally since its establishment.

The university’s Faculty of Law, it was learnt was said to have been established in the 1993/1994 academic session, and produced its pioneer graduates in the 1997/1998 session, who excelled at the Nigerian Law School. “Since that time graduates of the faculty have consistently performed brilliantly at the Law School, emerging in the top five, and in legal practice the products of the faculty have earned a place of pride for the faculty and the university as top class lawyers,” a statement by the university added. This year’s competition, according to the university, was supported and sponsored by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other international donor organisations.

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